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New Condom's HIV-Killing Gel Could Cause Irritation In Some Users, Warns Researcher

CondomLast week the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration approved the use of the VivaGel condom — a condom that (according to its manufacturer) “[inactivates] up to 99.9% of viruses, including HIV, the herpes virus (HSV), and the human papillomavirus (HPV), which are common viruses that cause sexually transmitted infections” — making it potentially available to consumers in the near future.

The condoms use VivaGel, a non-antibiotic and anti-microbial gel made of astrodrimer sodium that reportedly gives the condom its trademark protective coating.

However, according to University of California pediatrics professor Dr. Anna-Barbara Moscicki, women in a study who used high concentrations of VivaGel twice a week to protect themselves against STIs experienced “mild irritation and low-grade inflammation,” conditions which could actually aid HIV transmission instead of preventing it.

However, “Moscicki's trials involved 3 percent VivaGel, Starpharma used 1 percent” and “Moscicki wasn't privy to any of Starpharma's research… and concedes that perhaps the amount of VivaGel on the condom is so small that it might not have the same harmful side effects as using VivaGel alone as a vaginal cream.”


Singapore Court Of Appeals Reconsiders Ban On Gay Sex - VIDEO

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The Singapore Court of Appeals yesterday heard arguments challenging the country’s 76-year-old ban on gay sex, reports Bloomberg.

In June, police asked attendees at Singapore's Pride rally Pink Dot to avoid comments on race and religion after Muslim and Christian groups called on followers to oppose the event.

In 2007, although provisions that made heterosexual oral and anal sex a crime were repealed, lawmakers agreed to uphold the ban on gay sex.  While the government says that the law has not been enforced since the 1990s, figures from the Home Affairs Ministry show that there were a total of 185 people convicted under section 377A from 1997 to 2006.

Lawyer Deborah Barker said that the 1938 law should either be declared void or modified to exclude sex between consenting adults in private.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Law Minister K. Shanmugam said that the majority of people support the legal framework as it stands. A survey commissioned by the government showed that about 47% of those polled rejected “gay lifestyles,” 26% percent were receptive and 27 percent neutral.

Last month, Proposition 8 spokespeople Jennifer Roback Mors and Pastor Jim Garlow spoke at a Singapore conference whose head is fighting to retain anti-gay laws. 

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New Book Says 45 Percent Of Men Quit Having Sex After Just Two Minutes

Sex_clock In Harry Fisch’s new book The New Naked: The Ultimate Sex Education for Grown-Ups, he reports that 45 percent of all men finish having sex within two minutes of engaging intercourse. This is a 30 percent decrease from what sex researcher Alfred Kinsey found in his sex studies of the 1940s and 1950s, so that’s good.

But The New Republic additionally reports that a 2004 paper in the Journal of Sex Research suggests that heterosexual men may mind their short endurance time more than their female counterparts, as men tend to idealize themselves lasting a longer amount of time than women do.

Sadly, a 2009 paper in The Journal of Sexual Medicine has correlated a longer duration of sex with more women achieving orgasm.

No word yet on how much this applies to gay men and women. Although a 2011 study on gay and bi men's sex lives over an entire lifespan did yield plenty of interesting finds.

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HIV-Negative Men Scared, Curious, Slutty When It Comes To HIV: VIDEO

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HIV-positive blogger Mark S. King of My Fabulous Disease recently interviewed four HIV-negative men and encouraged them to speak freely about their feelings on HIV.

One man wonders whether alcohol, drugs or careless fun are always involved when gay men contract HIV. Another says that HIV-positive guys don’t remember the fear of catching the virus. And another wonders if poz guys are having more sex than non-poz guys, and if they always tell their sexual partners about their status.

But despite their curiosity, these young men also discuss strategies they've made to keep themselves HIV-negative while sexually active: things like sero-sorting, condom use and staying far away from semen. It's a refreshingly candid take on an issue that doesn't get much air time these days.

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Get Ready For The Longest, Wettest Gay Kiss Of Your Life: VIDEO

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The kissing in this ad for the Florida/France Festival — "a community-wide fête of concerts, films and pop-up Culture Clicks throughout Miami" — goes on for so long that it's both hot and ridiculously impractical.

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Author Marcus Ewert Dishes On Physical Relationship With Allen Ginsberg And William Burroughs

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Marcus Ewert — the openly gay, cisgender author whose childrens’ book 10,000 Dresses got him nominated for a Lambda Literary award — recently spoke to Vocativ.com about losing his virginity to Beat poet Allen Ginsberg (pictured with Ewert above) and having an eight-year relationship with "the king of postmodern literature" William Burroughs.

The 43-year-old Ewert told Vocativ about his infatuation with the two men and how he bedded them both when he was 17 and 18 years old:

“Allen and Burroughs were still alive and they were both gay, and in their work it was pretty explicit that they liked teenage boys. Allen has all these poems about sleeping with boys in Naropa, which is where I realized I could go to meet them. So, I was like, Perfect, I know what to do. …Allen and Burroughs teach there? You don’t have to tell me twice.”

After hitting on Ginsberg at a party, the two men dined together and then discussed Ewert’s sexual identity. After classes later on, Ewert returned to Ginsburg’s residence:

… Ewert arrived and was led (by Ginsberg) to the upstairs bedroom. Though he’d fooled around with one or two neighborhood kids when he was 12 or 13, it would be his first “adult” time; this underage boy direct from the Bible Belt was about to lose his virginity to a much older Allen Ginsberg. “I was happy to find that I saw him handsome in a certain light,” he says. “I was never super physically attracted to him, but he’s got this Grecian, bearded Poseidon profile, you know? That’s kind of handsome, I think I can go with that.

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