There are so many guys out there who aren’t worried about being infected with HIV these days and so many porn studios pushing their models to have bareback sex that infection rates are on the rise. It seems to be a vicious cycle that the bareback porn glamourises bareback sex and fans of bareback sex are driving the demand for bareback porn.

Yesterday I had a “woof” on Scruff from a really hot guy that I had seen on the nude beach with his former porn model boyfriend. This guy’s profile name was “rawbottom”. I asked him if that meant that he was poz and he replied that yes he was. When I told him I only play safe, that was when he stopped replying. So it’s safe to assume that he only plays raw from that response. Even if he is HIV+ there are so many strains and mutations of HIV that he is continually putting his health at risk. I know that’s not unusual in the poz/barebacking world as there is a mentality that once you have HIV you can’t get it again. True, but you can develop treatment-resistant infections.

For anyone that doesn’t believe that HIV is an issue anymore, there have been a couple of high profile HIV related deaths in recent weeks. An American HIV rights pioneer died a couple of weeks ago. Sadly I can’t find the article now on Towleroad to tell you his name. The that will be more familiar to most gay men is that of Josh Weston, porn star with Falcon and Hot House amongst others. Josh died of HIV related illness just a couple of weeks ago at age 39. True, HIV is not the guaranteed death sentence it used to be but it will reduce your life span and quality of life to a certain extent. Medications have side effects which take a toll on your body. There is an emotional toll too from the lingering unfortunate stigma of being HIV+ which is a huge shame and there is the financial cost. Medication is subsidized in the UK and to a lesser extent, here in Australia, but in the U.S. as with a lot of medical care, it’s very expensive.

Please look after yourselves guys.