Several things about me:
1.) I first learned about HIV in 7th grade--but it was not emphasized enough that the virus could be passed through unprotected sex. We learned more about blood transfusions and drug dealers.
2.) Bareback! Bareback! Bareback! I started to look at gay porn when I was 13 and actually got into it quite a bit that some days I would stay home from school (tisk tisk) and jack off like five-six times.
3.) When I was 14, I found gay.com and made a profile, lied about my age and location, and had cyber sex with strangers.
4.) Also at 14 we learned BREIFLY about safe sex--which excluded homosexual sex. STIs were discussed, but they (the teachers) wanted to discourage us from getting pregnant/impregnating someone--something I knew I'd never have to worry about lol. Mind you, I come from a relatively conservative town of 7,000 people.
5.) Bareback! Bareback! Bareback... VIDEOS! At 15 I started to download videos from Napster, Kazaa, etc. and specifically sought out Bareback Videos. I'd watch, and wait until the top shot his load into the bottom before I would cum... I'd wait because I shot so much more when I waited to see the top shoot first.
6.) At 23 years of age, I just found out!!!!... That a bottom, who is positive... can infect a top, who is negative! I never thought that was even possible... Ignorance.
7.) Today my parents have yet to talk to me about the "birds & the bees" let alone safe sex.
As an ignorant horny teenager, what would you rather do? Look up info on STIs? Or look up porn and feel invincible (a common thought among youngsters)--"that could never happen to me!"
Why is bareback sex so popular? not just in real life, but in our fantasies? Some porn I have still has bareback scenes... I've even dreamed about being in a bathhouse sling surrounded by like 15 guys and they were going to shot inside me... I woke up hard! Why? I'm not saying it is bad to get horned up from Bareback sex, but perhaps discouraging it, not making bareback porn anymore, and increasing homo sex-ed would help deter fantasies that most guys have of bareback sex. I'm no psychologist though; maybe it's just inert.
Why do politicians like McCain still insist that abstinence-only education works? Also, they do not want homo sex-ed taught in schools. They hide their heads in the sand and prefer to think of children as innocent.. teaching them more about sex will encourage sex. HA! I'm young... I know what happens in high school and even Jr. High. McCain and his ilk are fools for that believe system.
How do we encourage safe-ex classes in high school? Well, most colleges require applicants to have certain "requirements": 4 yrs of English; 3 yrs of Science, etc. Colleges should add another requirement--4 years of Health class, with lots of emphasis on Sex ed. Extend the school day if needed. Colleges should analyze the course description as well. This is not a cure-all answer to educating young people... but it couldn't hurt.
One thing I am happy about--in Portland, Maine, my aunt has a student who is blind--she is a teacher for the blind and travels to several school systems in order to help/teach students who are blind from preschoolers to seniors. Last year, she had to help a male student with something new... something she has probably only done a few times in her life: How to put on a condom? (She is a Catholic and single... no sex lol) All the students filed into the auditorium where they were given a banana and a condom. My aunt had to adapt the learning style in order to teach her blind student how to put a condom on. That is a great start at least.
Long post, so I'll leave you with these questions again:
Why is the gay community (overall) infatuated by barebacking?
Why isn't there more sex-ed out there... let alone gay sex-ed?
As a horny teen, would you rather look up HIV instead of porn when thinking about sex? (e.g. HIV never came to my mind when I was horny, and I never thought of looking it up when I wasn't horny.)
Is it helpful to blame people? Or is it more helpful to educate people (like the OP who posted this topic), and/or lobby lawmakers to make it a crime ALL over the US for a HIV+ person to knowingly infect someone else?