Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Wanted: TOPS & BOTTOMS for HIV Vaccine Testing

Seems like we're spending a lot of time lately monitoring Bay Windows [one of Boston's GLBT newspapers; also check out the Boston Globe]. But that has something to do with the fact that it's being distributed in vending boxes in front of post offices, on street corners, and in supermarkets (Shaw' s, Stop & Shop) across the state. It's IN OUR FACES -- and our kids' faces -- wherever we turn!

The content of Bay Windows is hardly what we'd consider mainstream. But remember, homosexual "marriage" is "legal" in Massachusetts, so ANYTHING they do and print is OK! Some current items:

Latest online survey:
Do you think contact tracing would help prevent the spread of HIV? 34% YES
31% No
35% How would that work? I don't know the last names of everyone I've had sex with.

Recent headline stories:
"The true lives of hookers, hustlers and whores." Stuck in these times of heightened censorship and renewed Right Wing zealotry, sex workers don't get much respect...

"So online sex sites aren't to blame, after all." ...30% of the online sexual hook-ups resulted in UAI [unprotected anal intercourse], while 25% of those who met sexual partners offline reported UAI.

Recent Advertisement:
Wanted -- Tops & Bottoms
Fenway Community Health is seeking HIV-negative men who have sex with men to participate in the STEP trial to determine the safety and effectiveness of an investigational HIV vaccine in preventing HIV infections.
The fact is, 63% of all HIV/AIDS cases in the U.S. are in gay and bisexual men and HIV infection rates are rising among men who have sex with men.
We are seeking volunteers: HIV-negative men, ages 18-45, who have been a top or bottom in the past 6 months. Volunteers receive compensation for their time and travel expenses, as well as confidential HIV counseling and testing.
--Fenway Community Health, Boston