Without Condoms: Unprotected Sex, Gay Men and Barebacking

Without Condoms: Unprotected Sex, Gay Men and Barebacking

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by Michael Shernoff
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415950244

ISBN-13: 9780415950244

Pub. Date: 10/28/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

After years of activism, risk awareness, and AIDS prevention, increasing numbers of gay men are not using condoms, and new infections of HIV are on the rise. Using case studies and exhaustive survey research, this timely, groundbreaking book allows men who have unprotected sex, a practice now known as "barebacking," to speak for themselves on their willingness to

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After years of activism, risk awareness, and AIDS prevention, increasing numbers of gay men are not using condoms, and new infections of HIV are on the rise. Using case studies and exhaustive survey research, this timely, groundbreaking book allows men who have unprotected sex, a practice now known as "barebacking," to speak for themselves on their willingness to risk it all.

Without Condoms takes a balanced look at the profound needs that are met by this seemingly reckless behavior, while at the same time exposing the role that both the Internet and club drugs like crystal methamphetamine play in facilitating high-risk sexual encounters. The result is a compassionate, sophisticated and nuanced insight into what for many people is one of the most perplexing aspects of today's gay male culture and life style. Michael Shernoff digs deep and forces us to see that the AIDS epidemic is not over. We must now ask the hard questions and listen to the voices that answer. The stakes are too high to ignore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415950244
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Halkitis, Foreword. Part I: Introduction and Overview. Gay Men’s Sexuality and Psychotherapy: From Cure to Affirmation. Why Do Men Bareback? No Easy Answers. Trips and Slips: Drug Use and Barebacking. Cruising the Internet Highway. Part II: Taking off the Condoms: Raw Sex in Relationships. Love in the Time of Plague: Male Couples, Sex and HIV. Love, Sex and Trust (Part I): Seroconcordant Male Couples, Love, Sex and Trust (Part II): Serodiscordant Male Couples. Part III: The Role of the Professional. Can Barebacking Be Curbed? What (If Anything) Works? Conclusions: Sexual Freedom and Sexual Responsibility. Appendix 1: A Sample Negotiated Safety Agreement. Appendix 2: Safer Barebacking Procedures. Chapter Notes. References.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This exhaustive and comprehensive book is a must-read for anyone involved in HIV prevention, HIV mental health, gay men's mental health, public health officials, and others. It is, finally, a thorough and intelligent discussion of a complex topic that is too often dumbed-down and discussed hysterically rather than rationally. Shernoff is a legendary New York City therapist, long-time AIDS survivor, and most recently, cancer survivor, whose comprehensive contributions to the gay community are immeasurable. While the book is heavily researched, heavily referenced, and complex, it is also the most intelligent discussion yet of a 'sexy' and 'hot' topic, and refuses to succumb to platitudes, patronizing, stigmatizing, or simplistic explanations (as are so often offered by others, including misguided public health officials and conservative gay activists) for condom-less sex among gay men.
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