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Moving From HIV Prevention to HIV Awareness


Pharaohc1ous on Twitter the other day

The strangest thing happened last year:

One of the leading adult video stars in urban gay porn today took to his Xtube account to make a public service announcement about HIV testing. In the three minute video he encourages those watching to know their status (if they don’t already). The word condom is never used nor is there advice on what to do if you end up testing positive.

And it left me feeling some kind of way.

Full disclosure: Trap Boyy is one of my favorite cumdumpsters. I was a fan long before Black Rayne decided to build a separate imprint around him. He’s cute, seems like a nice guy and takes cum deep in every orifice like he needs it to stay alive. I wouldn’t mind throwing down with him.

Having said that, I’m not sure if his point translated or if it was a good message at that. All his stats seemed to be right and testing is paramount in ending the HIV epidemic, especially among black gay/bisexual men. But was the messenger overshadowing the message?

If a porn person best known for barebacking pleads with you to go get tested for HIV, does it make a sound?

The comments were even more interesting. They fell into two major categories: (a) those who championed the video saying it was great to see someone in the industry speak on the issue and (b) those who called Trap Boyy a hypocrite for essentially invoking “do as I say, not as I do.”

And then it occurred to me: this wasn’t the first time this happened. Early in 2011 I was browsing Youtube looking for men of color speaking on HIV/AIDS as I prepared a post on National HIV testing day. I stumbled upon this cutie talking about World AIDS day. Similar mechanics: he tells everyone to get tested but doesn’t mention safer sex (read: condoms).

It wasn’t until weeks later I realized Juven was a fairly well known, up and coming AmPro porn actor who also didn’t use condoms in most of his videos.

I’ve been wresting with this for over a year now looking for answers. As someone who went thru puberty in the nineties, condoms were shoved down my throat (and it worked). I use them pretty consistently and have managed to stay HIV negative for ten years.

But the kids nowadays, the ones sexually coming up in the 2000’s, don’t seem all that concerned about HIV. Serosorting seems to be more of a priority these days than condoms. Both Trap Boyy and Juven’s messages are consistent in asking people to know their status and that of their partners. The burden stops there.

At some point (while I wasn’t looking) we moved from HIV prevention to HIV awareness.

Public health as an industry has realized this too as treatment as prevention has become the new thing. We can’t stop people from becoming infected, but we can suppress their viral load to make it harder to pass HIV to someone else.

I hate to be Debby Downer, but color me unimpressed.

It got me thinking, if the next generation doesn’t care about HIV, why should I?

(to be continued)

Quotes of the Week – Ending 8.8.10

Being a top is no excuse for being a bore.
Random Phantom via Twitter

After watching all these episodes of Spongebob, I’ve come to the conclusion that Mr. Krabs is Jewish.
Urban Prince via Twitter

I definitely thought this woman singing on this Rick Ross song was Nina Simone. It was Cee-Lo.
Urban Prince as well (I couldn’t choose!)

You will NOT get along with everybody!
Rev Run via Twitter

Chris Brown needs to change it up a bit. To what? I don’t know, but something else. Ciara just needs to fill out a FAFSA.
B.Tiz via Twitter

Maybe I should whore around like everyone else…
Devon Corneil via Twitter

Subtlety is lost on those unable to appreciate it.
commenter EH – Clever Ads for Tivo (37signals)

To bankrupt a fool give him information.
Nassim Taleb via Twitter

Dear Arizona, your state used to be part of Mexico. If you are non-Mexican and non-indigenous, then you are the immigrant.
Prerna Lal via Twitter

Way to go, California Supreme Court! Gay couples should have the right to a 50 percent chance of getting divorced, too.
Chad via Twitter

Arnold [Schwarzenegger] being a political weather vane, he obviously thinks supporting gay marriage is good politics now, after vetoing it twice.
David Dayen via Twitter

It’s so sickening to think it’s 2010 and people still care that two guys can love each other.
Karlos Lopez via Twitter

History will remember the gay marriage thing the same way it does segregation.
Darian Aaron via Twitter

…you wouldn’t believe how many white girls I knew in school who honestly just did not think [HIV/AIDS] affected them at all. I know a woman in particular who is so sure she has AIDS at this point that she will NOT get tested, and she sleeps around like crazy.
commenter regazza_di_lupo – Cyndi Lauper & Lady Gaga Go Off Script, Discuss Safe Sex On GMA (Jezebel)

I like to be multi-contextual, which is much more important than being multicultural.
Cornel West via Twitter

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
Albert Einstein

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
Betty Yelp via Twitter

I’ve come to the conclusion that no one has your best interest in mind…
Michael Miles via Twitter

My existence isn’t based on your validation.
Necole Bitchie via Twitter

The universe does my dirty work. Karma is a bitch.
Mr. Jones via Twitter

To want others to do the best they can for themselves, when they have done the best they can for you — this is intelligence.
Maya Angelou via Twitter

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.
Charles Swindoll via Tim Ferriss

In this race, you have to pace yourself.
WhatsTheT via Twitter

There’s good and bad in everything… you get what you’re looking for.
Kanye West via Twitter

You can’t bring everyone to the new places you’re going.
Trent Jackson via Twitter

When Comedians Become Medical Experts

(An open letter to Barbara Walters)

Dear Ms. Walters,

Hi, my name is Tony. I have a background in journalism, but have been doing social science based HIV/AIDS research for the last seven years (mainly concerning gay/bisexual men of color). Making sure accurate and current information about sexuality reaches the general public is so important to me I am pursuing a masters degree to supplement my media training. Continue reading When Comedians Become Medical Experts