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December 13, 2018

Close Sexual Groups/Networks Are Responsible for the High HIV Rates on The Gay Black Community





 


By Tim Fitzsimons( reports on LGBTQ news for NBC Out.)
Young black men who have sex with men (MSM) face a disproportionate risk of acquiring HIV because of “dense sexual networks” and other structural factors, not high-risk sexual activities, according to a new study conducted by Northwestern University.
The study, which was recently published in the Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndromes, surveyed MSM in Chicago and found young black MSM in the city are 16 times more likely to have HIV than their white counterparts, despite lower numbers of sexual partners, less unsafe sex and more frequent testing for HIV.
“Our study illuminates how HIV disparities emerge from complex social and sexual networks and inequalities in access to medical care for those who are HIV positive,” said senior study author Brian Mustanski, a professor at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine and director of its Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing.
“Their social and sexual networks are more dense and interconnected, which from an infectious disease standpoint makes infections transmitted more efficiently through the group,” Mustanski said in a statement shared with NBC News. “That, coupled with the higher HIV prevalence in the population, means any sexual act has a higher chance of HIV transmission.” Other factors that researchers probed were stigma, victimization, traumatic experiences and sexual abuse. Young black MSM reported the highest rates of these risk factors, which, according to study co-author Michael Newcomb, contribute to the “difficulty in establishing viral suppression.”
Young black MSM, according to Newcomb, were also found to be the “most likely to have sex with people of their own race.” This, he added, means “it takes HIV less time to travel around that network, particularly if prevalence is already higher and viral suppression is already lower.” He also noted that there is stark racial and geographical segregation between white and black men who have sex with them in Chicago, which is a contributing factor.
While he Northwestern study looked specifically at Chicago, Mustanski said the higher incidence of HIV among young black MSM can be extrapolated in varying degrees to other parts of the country.
“National data also shows big differences in the rate of HIV diagnosis between black and white young gay men. There are large differences consistently found across different parts of the U.S.,” he explained. “In some cities, it’s three to five times higher; in other cities it’s as much as 20 times higher.”
Mustanski said the difference is particularly pronounced in the South, which is most impacted by new HIV diagnoses. “There is a history of large racial disparities in the South in terms of access to health care, poverty and education,” he said. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that, if trends were to continue, half of all black gay men will acquire HIV in their lifetimes. But some places, like New York City, have made an impact on HIV incidence in black and Latino MSM populations, even while other places have seen disparities worsen.
Newcomb said this new study finally provides data to support what had up to this point been a widely held hypothesis: that the dense, segregated sexual networks of young black men who have sex with men are the main drivers of their higher HIV rates.
Ethan Morgan, a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern’s Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing and another of the study’s authors, said by learning more about young black MSM social networks, “we can better understand what drives such persistent racial disparities in HIV — and close that gap.”
Phill Wilson, president, and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute said he was not surprised by the study’s findings.
“If I am a black gay man and primarily sexually active with other black gay men, that fact alone puts me at higher risk,” Wilson explained. “If I am a white gay man, and I usually protect myself, and in the heat of a night I have an experience, my price for that experience is not the same as the price is if I am a young black gay man.” Because of “dense sexual networks,” which were pointed out in the Northwestern study, Wilson said a gay black man who “has one slip” by having unprotected sex with another gay black man has a higher chance of a “lifelong diagnosis, and then furthermore, he’s demonized.”
“You have folks who don't have as much information about things like TasP or PrEP or PEP, or even behavioral interventions,” he said, referencing new prevention methods that use HIV medications to eliminate the risk of HIV transmission.
“To be completely honest, the messenger matters, and there’s an infrastructure within black MSM communities,” said Wilson. “We are not going to solve the problem among this population unless and until institutions that are about, and by, and for them are properly, sufficiently supported with the infrastructure they need to succeed.”
Wilson pointed to proactive efforts by African-American community organizations like his own as a solution. Since opening a PrEP clinic, the Black AIDS Institute has increased the number PrEP-using black gay men in Los Angeles County by 50 percent, he said.

May 21, 2018

Musical Conductor James Levine Accused of Sexual Abuse By 5 More Men

In a suit filed Friday by the Metropolitan Opera, five men have made newly public accusations against conductor and pianist James Levine, who was closely associated with the Met for four decades. In total, nine men have now come forward, either by name or anonymously, with accusations against Levine.
Levine was fired by the Met in March, his artistic home of some 40 years, after he faced public allegations of sexual misconduct that surfaced last December, which resulted in his suspension from the famed New York opera house. In response, Levine sued the Met in March for defamation and breach of contract. On Friday, the Met filed a countersuit that chronicles allegations made by seven men, including five individuals whose accusations were not previously public.
In Friday's filing in New York state supreme court, the Met claims that it discovered these new accusations over the course of its internal investigation of Levine; the timeline of those allegations span more than 20 years, beginning in the mid-1970's and lasting until 1999.  These five newly emerged accusers are in addition to two men who have already accused Levine publiclywhom the New York Times has identified as cellist James Lestock and Ashok Pai and whose allegations are included in Friday's filing by the Met.
All five of the newly described alleged victims are mentioned anonymously in the Met's counterclaim, which has been reviewed by NPR. The first individual says that around 1975 or 1976, Levine allegedly "demanded and received sex acts" from a musician in the Met orchestra; as music director, Levine had significant sway over those musicians' career trajectories.
Around 1979, the suit says, Levine allegedly asked a 16-year-old boy who was auditioning for the conductor about his sex life. Over the next 12 years, this person claims that Levine "inappropriately touched" him or made sexual remarks to him at least seven times. In 1981, Levine also allegedly entered the young artist's dressing room wearing a bathrobe, purportedly to discuss an upcoming performance.
The third individual, a singer, alleges that around 1985, Levine drove him home after an audition at the Met; once in the car, the man says Levine, locked the car doors and began groping and kissing him against his will. After the incident, Levine placed the person "in a prestigious program within the Met," which likely could have been the Met's highly prestigious young artist development program, a launching pad for emerging professional singers, opera coaches, and pianists that Levine established in 1980.
Around 1986, Levine allegedly abused another 16-year-old performer, in which, the accuser says, Levine, forced the person into mutual masturbation. This accuser also says that Levine funneled him about $50,000 over some years, at times using Levine's brother as an intermediary. The person is unnamed in the Met filing, but the timeline and allegations line up with accusations made by Ashok Pai, who came forward to the New York Times last December; Pai says that the alleged incident took place at the Ravinia Festival, near Chicago.
A fifth man asserts that around 1989, Levine initiated sexual conversations with him about masturbation and pornography, and allegedly speculated about a correlation between the size of the man's penis and his musical aptitude.
In about 1994, a sixth individual says that Levine asked him to follow him into a men's restroom at the met opera house to watch Levine masturbate and ejaculate, which the man declined to do.
A seventh man who is identified as a participant in the young artists' program says that beginning in about 1999, Levine touched him inappropriately on his knees, legs, and hands; about a year later, he alleges, Levine invited him into his dressing room to engage in sexual activity.
In his suit filed against the Met in March, Levine accused the opera house of "cynically hijacking the goodwill of the #MeToo movement, brazenly seiz[ing] on these allegations as a pretext to end a long-standing personal campaign to force Levine out of the Met and cease fulfilling its legally enforceable financial commitments to him."
In its countersuit, the Met also argues that it has been "severely harmed as a result of its association with Levine and its publicity of that association," and that the "Met has and will continue to incur significant reputational and economic harm as a result of the publicity associated with Levine's misconduct."
The first allegations of sexual misconduct by Levine are believed to have been raised at the Met in 1979, via an anonymous letter sent to the house's then-executive director, Anthony A. Bliss. In reply, Bliss called the allegations "scurrilous rumors [that] have been circulating for some months ... often accompanied by other charges which we know for a fact are untrue."
Levine has not responded to repeated request for comment, dating back to last December.


March 22, 2018

There is No Such Thing as Gay Sex, Just Different Positions and Know-how




 Mormon looking for the missionary


For heterosexuals, gay sex might be something of an enigma. There may be many who have no clue as to how gay men actually have sex and the quirks that come with it. What is a bro job? And why are they so popular? Gay people, in general, are much more well-versed in heterosexual sexual practices due to the educational and cultural bias toward straight people in this area. 

It’s worth noting that I am speaking from the perspective of a gay man, not the entire LGBTQ community, and I aim to enlighten members of the straight community on how gay men prepare, engage in and enjoy sex between ourselves. 1. It takes preparation One of the best aspects of a sexual experience can be its spontaneity. An out-of-the-blue moment of passion sounds much more appealing than previously planned sexual activity. For some gay men, however, sex can be quite regimented. This is of course down to the sometimes necessary preparations gay men take before engaging in anal sex. 

For obvious reasons, anal can be a messy experience if the proper preparation isn’t carried out beforehand, and that prep can be both time-consuming and uncomfortable. The primary anal sex preparation method for many gay men is douching. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, douching is when a person intentionally cleans out their rectum using water and their douching equipment of choice, such as enemas and douche bulbs. Dwelling on the potential messy risks of anal sex and the activity of cleaning beforehand is a less than romantic thought, but putting in the effort to make sure anal sex goes off without a hitch is worth it in the end. 2. Not everyone is a match.






One important element of a gay man’s sex life is their choice of sexual position. Our heterosexual friends might assume that gay sex is fairly straightforward when it comes to positions and preferences in the bedroom, but this is not the case. When it comes to anal sex you may have heard the terms top and bottom: a top is a term used to describe a gay man whose preference is to act as the insertive sexual partner, whereas a bottom is a gay man who prefers to act as the receptive partner. The next most frequently used position preference is known as versatile: a gay man who is happy to act as either. These varieties of positions can sometimes mean that not everyone is a match in the bedroom. I myself have experienced awkward sexual encounters in which my partner of choice had the same position preference as me. We still managed to enjoy a satisfying sexual experience, but we both acknowledged we had restrictions due to our position identity. 3. Anal sex is enjoyable Many people in both the heterosexual and homosexual communities are resigned to the supposed fact that anal sex is painful. While this is the case for many, anal sex can still be a fun sexual practice.

 It’s no secret that anal penetration can be painful, especially for beginners, however, practice makes perfect and once familiar with anal sex and how to properly engage in it, for example by using lubrication, it can be pleasurable. 

Many straight men are surprised to learn there is such thing as the male G-spot. The prostate gland is an ultra-sensitive part of a man’s body. When it is stimulated during anal sex, a much more pleasurable orgasm can be achieved. 4. Not everyone does anal I’m sure that for many straight people the first thing that springs to mind when asked about gay sex is anal, and there is a misconception that every gay man takes part in and enjoys anal sex. But this is simply not the case. 

Many gay men, just like some straight men and women, aren’t attracted to the idea of anal and do not engage in it. This might lead straight people to wonder if a gay person who doesn’t enjoy anal sex can fully enjoy a sexual experience with other gay people, and the answer is, of course, yes, they can. Sexual enjoyment can be experienced in many forms, such as oral, and still, lead to a satisfying sex life for a gay man. 5. It’s just sex (Picture: Muffin for Metro.co.uk) Referring to sex in the homosexual community as ‘gay sex’ is used to differentiate sexual activity between heterosexual and gay people. This label can perpetuate the sometimes damaging idea that gay sex is a somehow foreign or unusual activity, but it’s worth noting that to us gay people, gay sex is simply just sex. Gay people enjoy the same intimate pleasures sex has to offer and are turned on by the excitement and physicality of our sexual partners in the same way straight people are. There really is no difference between straight and gay sex besides the fact we are having sex with people of the same gender. This might make the whole conversation about gay sex among straight people seem a lot less interesting, but it’s the truth.

  METRO

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