'A general preference for "more masculine men" exhibited by young gay and bi men of color may be to blame for disproportionate HIV rates.'

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    May 04, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    'A general preference for "more masculine men" exhibited by young gay and bi men of color may be to blame for disproportionate HIV rates.'


    http://instinctmagazine.com/blog/study-links-high-black-gay-bi-hiv-rates-to-preference-for-masc-men



    http://www.medicaldaily.com/news/20110502/6284/higher-hiv-risk-in-black-gay-men-linked-to-partner-choice-risk-perception.htm
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    May 04, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    I don't know if it's me, but the link doesn't work.
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    May 04, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    lol, the link doesn't work Metta.
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    May 04, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    It is working fine for me.

    here it is guys:

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    A new study from Johns Hopkins and Emory University has been released in full this week with some very interesting findings. Story after the jump.


    Investigators from John Hopkins and Emory Universities think that a general preference for "more masculine men" exhibited by young gay and bi men of color may be to blame for disproportionate HIV rates.

    Reported in the study:

    Jonathan Ellen, M.D., a pediatrician and teen health expert at Johns Hopkins presented the findings of their study at the 2011 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in Denver. The study results are based on semi-structured interviews with 35 black men MSM ages 18 to 24 in NYC and upstate New York, and Atlanta.

    The research noted these young black MSM select partners and judge these partners' HIV status in a specific way. The most notable findings include an overwhelming preference for masculine partners, accepting masculine partners as dominant in the sex act and leaving to them decisions about condom use, perceiving masculine men as low risk for HIV and feminine men as high risk. The researchers say this dynamic of preferring masculine men, while also equating masculinity with lower HIV risk helps explain why young black MSM contract HIV more often than their counterparts from other races.

    So basically, it's not because men of color tend to be more attracted to what they deem "masculine" men that HIV rates among the group is rising; it's because they tend to associate masculine men with being negative and effeminate men with being positive that they let their guard down and engage in unsafe sex.

    What do you make of this study, Instincters?

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    May 04, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    What!? You mean if you don't perceive their to be risk you are more likely to get HIV? This is just ground breaking research from a graduate student icon_razz.gif

    Maybe the concern should be that there are people who detect HIV by appearance and don't get tested. You can have HIV for several years now and take medication and have no outward signs of the disease.

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    May 04, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    Anyone who bases their decision of who is and isn't poz based on their partner's level of masculinity is a moron.
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    May 04, 2011 4:33 PM GMT
    This sounds like earth-shattering information icon_rolleyes.gif

    Gilipollas!
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    May 04, 2011 4:38 PM GMT
    onexepshyn saidAnyone who bases their decision of who is and isn't poz based on their partner's level of masculinity is a moron.


    It's a pretty old idea and it seems to fit in with the way gay culture has evolved. Skinny used to be healthy, HIV hit and everyone associated skinny and muscle wasting with AIDS, so they went for the beefier muscular guys.

    That concept on the cultural level is fine and probably has some truth to it. But on an individual level it shouldn't be present in the way the studies authors are suggesting.
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    May 04, 2011 5:09 PM GMT
    just taking a gander, but it's probably because femme is almost always associated with gay culture (being prone to aids), while the "masculine" men are probably on the DL and have a girlfriend on the side (thus, in a way, their "straight" qualities distance them from the HIV stigma)...at least this is what I'm thinking they're thinking, whether it's conscious or not.
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    May 04, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    Yep, sounds about right.

    Lesson to be learned is NOT to go around having raw sex with RuPaul, though.

    Wear your JIMMY hats!
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    May 04, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    It's well and good enough for people to say what is and isn't a stupid decision, but it doesn't change the fact that people do it in great quantities. I think it's more than stupidity.

    Human relationships are complex when it comes to matters of the heart. People don't always put themselves first, and for those guys in the femme role, there's a kind of twisted self-sacrifice evident in sex.

    I think it's an interesting study. If it were really all as simple as putting on a condom, HIV would have been over ten years ago.

    But it isn't that easy. People are complicated.
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    May 04, 2011 7:05 PM GMT
    Funny how things go with perception.

    I know more than a few pos guys and the majority of them are very very heavily muscled (pursuing the bodybuilder culture to a very far length, incl. prescription steroid use in many cases).

    The overall reason for this I've been able to glean from discussions and observations of some of them from before and after they became poz is largely linked to self-perceptions of their health and a fear of appearing (or actual) muscle-wastingly thin, i.e. "looking sick".
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    May 04, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
    Well it does have a health benefit for HIV+ people to consume a lot more calories. If they have very low bodyfat and get very ill (as is the nature of being immunocompromised) their body will eat through the fat and start on the rest of the body =