So you do crystal meth and you immediately want to bareback? It's the same for almost everybody?
That's... so weird. It makes me want to try it, but only in a locked room by myself.
I'm not sure about the presumption of "other drugs, better drugs" without comparative analysis. No one is saying crystal meth causes HIV; we can, and should, assume alcohol and pot lower inhibitions as well--just to a lesser degree, right?
The trick (if you'll pardon the pun) is to have enough knowledge to avoid the really bad drugs (crystal, coke, heroin) know your tolerance for "other, better drugs" (pot and booze) and have the wherewithal to understand other risk factors (multiple sex partners et al).
In other notes: Water makes things wet. In the past three years, I don't know of any seroconversions in my demographic (35 to 45 year old men in the Bay Area) that didn't involve meth. These are guys who were out in the late 80s, had relationships/tricks with positive partners, and who know how to avoid HIV. The meth just made them not care, at least till the high ended and they'd been fucking everything that moved for three days.
Dear Dan --
Apropos freezing federal funding for sex ed, the correlation between HIV infection and crystal meth use, and the predominance of antiobiotic-resistant strains of gonnorreah, I thought I’d share this little quote from Andrew Sullivan today, since you seem to like him so much.
From today's Dish:
"My own somewhat fuzzy view of the issue (developed at greater length here and here and here) is that except in areas where pervasive family breakdown requires educators to act in loco parentis more than one would like them to, public schools should take an, ah, stripped-down an approach to teaching sex, and mainly leave the whole "condoms or abstinence" issue to parents and kids to sort out on their own. Given the way the current battle lines are drawn, I suppose I'm on the side of the abstinence educators, since I'd much rather have my (hypothetical) sixth-grade kid's school telling him or her to hold off on sex than handing out Trojans after class. But I'd rather see those battle lines go away entirely, and take a lot of local culture-war sturm und drang with them.
This was the right's original idea, of course, and one of the various pillars of Grover Norquist's whole "leave us alone" coalition: Social conservatives didn't like sex ed's sexy side, and libertarians didn't like its nanny-statish side. … I'm not usually one for siding with libertarians on culture-war debates, but sex ed is a case where privatization seems to make more sense than any of the alternatives.”
That's right. God forbid kids should learn how to protect themselves from STDs in school or that government should actively support and fund such education. No. In the name of libertarian freedom, let's leave it to the kids on their own to learn about HPV, HIV, gonnorreah, herpes, siphilis and all the other little goodies you can get -- probably by contracting them.
But then good old HIV+, barebacking, non-disclosing Sully would think that, wouldn't he?
STDs are a public health issue; it is emphatically in the public interest to slow and halt their spread; education is probably more effective and less intrusive than other means of controlling them (like, say, quarantine), and Sullivan is full of crap on this.
You should be the *first* to wail on him for this unbelieveable shit.
That isn't andrew sullivan, that is Ross Douthat. Andrew Sullivan is on vacation as evident by this post.
Note if you go to the original source of your quote it said. [Ross] before he spoke.
Yup. my bad. Noticed that after I posted this.
Doesn't change the part about the idea being dumbshit, flat out unbelieveably stupid, nuts and dangerous though.
And it still doesn't change the fact that Sullivan's an irresponsible, superficial twit -- even though Dan seems to like him.
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