Questioning the status quo, and RAISING the standard of HIV prevention in America since 2002.
Booklet - A community driven outreach effort uniting both HIV+ and HIV- .
Published in 2013, this is the FIRST booklet of it's kind in America that is written FOR our gay and bisexual young men by UNITING our HIV-negative and HIV+ communities. Don't let the title fool you.
Empowerment, Trust, Communication, Unity, Harm Reduction, Prevention, HIV Testing, Making Friends, Belonging and MORE! These topics are addressed in the "Sex Venue Etiquette and Resource Guide" for America's sexually active gay and bisexual young men; because not everyone wants to get infected with HIV or wear condoms.
A single publication and a foundation for national respect, understanding and acceptance.
"Someday" became "TODAY".
Page 7 - " You understood that the more you learned about and practiced a topic you enjoy, the more confident and less afraid you became."
Page 8 - "BELONGING - People need other people who provide acceptance, affection, companionship, approval and support. Our family and friends help define who we are and make our environment a less lonely place, and by getting tested for HIV on a regular basis (once a month or every other month) with family, friends or loved ones can help us achieve this sense of belonging."
Page 27 - "GETTING INVOLVED IN GROUP SCENES - If you want to get involved in group scenes at sex venues, there are many things you can do. One of the simplest ways is to just dive in and join in the fun. To do this, first stand nearby and watch for a moment, then show your interest by moving closer. I just go straight to the point and ask “Can I join in?”, “Is there room for one more?” or “Can I help you with that?”
A few highlights from the booklet you might be interested in knowing about:
How Will This Guide Help?
Motivation / Desire
Comfort / Safety
Belonging / Independence
ABOUT THE INFORMATION COVERED HERE p10
HIV Prevention applied to sex venues
WHEN YOU ARE JUST NOT HIS TYPE p20
TIPS FOR FIRST TIMERS p22
DEALING WITH REFUSALS p32
NEW QUESTIONS ABOUT: p36
The AIDS Vaccine / PrEP
"Mutant" HIV Strains
SUPPORTIVE ONLINE RESOURCES p63
NOTES AND CONTACT INFORMATION p66
Page 30 - DRUGS, ALCOHOL, NEGATIVE EMOTIONS AND SAFER SEX -
Alcohol and drugs (like ecstasy, K, Coke, T, meth, poppers, bath salts and the like) are sometimes used during sex. They can create a feeling of euphoria, self-confidence and intimacy between strangers, and they also give you extra energy and stamina to enhance sexual pleasure.
But sex on drugs can sometimes give gay and bisexual young men a sense of sexual urgency, and can make them change their usual behavior or limitations with or without their knowledge."
SPECIAL NOTE TO HIV RESEARCHERS -
Now would be a GOOD time to start writing your HIV Research Grant Funding proposals...ACROSS THE BOARD.
We consciously work to achieve consistency between our perceptions of self, our own behavior and feedback from the world around us. There is a way to change our perception of ourselves and our behavior if we choose to be consciously involved in learning, and have a desire to improve our actions. We have to be willing to go outside our comfort zone and challenge ourselves to see the situation differently.
The time has come to keep the promise and take HIV prevention seriously. HIV Prevention messages in The United States must change and adapt to the needs of today's gay and bisexual youth, otherwise the messages will become obsolete and worthless.