Gay Sex and the Coronavirus

Gay Sex and the Corona Virus

Gay men should avoid all sex with strangers until the Coronavirus has been contained. If you decide to have sex, use a condom and avoid kissing. Here is some history on risky sexual behavior and how it should change during the outbreak.

Why Do Certain Gay Men Bareback?

Prestigious universities and research organizations have done extensive studies to understand the psychology of barebacking, but the reality of it can be found in chat rooms and places like Reddit and Quora. 

John: Firstly, and most importantly, I have a very sensitive anus. Feeling a latex free penis sliding against my prostate can make me have huge, long lasting waves of orgasmic pleasure. Certainly not every time, but relatively often.

Then, there is my lover’s orgasm. When he ejaculate inside me, if it is with reasonable force, I feel everything. I feel the warm orgasm flooding inside me…I feel his semen hitting my prostate, and again, the feeling and my knowledge of what that feeling means, can send me into prolonged orgasmic pleasure.

Frans: Basically for the same reasons straight men have sex without using protection in the form of condoms.

Perhaps you’re aware that heterosexuals do all kinds of unnecessary stuff so as to be able to have sex without condoms. Women are on the pill, have IUD’s, what not, while men have vasectomies, all for the simple reason that they prefer to have sex without a condom. Ever wondered why that might be? I’ve never yet read a question on Quora about that. Go and ask all those men and women why they totally disturb their natural hormonal cycle and why they have unnecessary medical procedures done to them.

What is PrEP?

The introduction of a new drug called Prep has made unprotected sex even more popular with younger gay men and for newly sexually active gay men.

Gay men who were recently surveyed about their failure to use condoms during anal sex repeatedly told researchers that safer-sex campaigns have lost their effectiveness today because Prep has removed the much of the fear of unprotected sex.

PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is an HIV prevention method in which people who don’t have HIV take HIV medicine daily to reduce their risk of getting HIV if they are exposed to the virus. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. Currently, there are only two FDA-approved medications for PrEP.

PrEP is prescribed to HIV-negative adults and adolescents who are at high risk for getting HIV through sex or injection drug use.

Why The Coronavirus Demands Protection

The problem is that in the young year of 2020, people all over the world are now combating a novel coronavirus that causes an illness known as Covid-19

So having unprotected sex with an infected person creates a high chance that it will cause you to become the virus’s next host.

What is the Corona Virus?

 

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

How is the Coronavirus Transmitted

COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets produced when a sick person sneezes or coughs. The droplets can land on people’s hands or in mouths and noses, and threaten infection. Forrester said she’s encouraging sex workers to think about implementing realistic boundaries, including extra hand sanitizer use, direct communication with clients about present cold and flu symptoms, no deep kissing, and other limits on saliva sharing to limit spread, even though spread can’t be avoided altogether.

“Coronavirus itself is not a sexually transmitted disease,” says Dr Muhammad Munir of Lancaster University’s department of biomedical and life sciences, and an expert in viral diseases. “But as during sex there is very close contact between two individuals, the chance of someone contracting the virus from another infected person is almost 100%, specifically due to the kissing involved.”

Coronavirus is transmitted through respiratory droplets, so kissing someone infected with it puts you at high risk, he explains.

Even if you don’t kiss the person you are having sex with, you may still contract coronavirus. “Contaminated hands is a major source of infection,” Munir says. “It’s not just sex itself – it’s any contact involved during the act.”

Coronavirus Sex

Is the Coronavirus Like HIV

There are obvious parallels with an earlier crisis and it’s getting increasingly common to see analogies made between HIV and coronavirus, many of which are sensationalist and a little crass. But the AIDS crisis does serve as an earlier example of people having to change their sexual behavior in the wake of a pandemic, and maybe there’s some lessons to be learned. Looking at the AIDS crisis could help us figure out what the issues at stake really are.

“We don’t want to say that they’re the same virus or they have the same effect because they’re different. HIV is relatively weak in terms of how it transmits,” says Dr. Steven W. Thrasher, a professor at Northwestern University and scholar of HIV/AIDS. Although HIV is less infectious, it’s far deadlier (the mortality rate for coronavirus is currently estimated at being around 2-4 percent, whereas for untreated HIV it could be as high as 90 percent). It’s therefore not particularly useful, from a biological standpoint, to compare the two viruses. “But there are political and epidemiological links,” says Dr Thrasher. “They both affect similarly vulnerable populations; people who are homeless or incarcerated or who don’t have access to paid sick leave are going to be unduly affected.”

Early Response in the Gay and Hyper Sexual Community

On Monday, Page Six reported that the organizers of famed sex club Snctm were forging ahead with plans for an orgy in LA this weekend — and a second one in New York on April 11 — in spite of the coronavirus outbreak. Turns out they were a little premature, reports The Post’s Heather Hauswirth.

“Due to the worsening outbreak of COVID-19, Snctm will be postponing our LA Masquerade until further notice,” said a spokesperson. “We will make our decision in regards to our New York Masquerade in the next few weeks.”

In other corners of the LGBTQ+ community, the coronavirus has already upended business as usual. Multiple gay men said that they were opting to chat on Grindr rather than meeting up with men who might have the virus. A gay man in L.A. who frequents bath houses said he saw far less cruising during a visit this week, while another in Oakland said he noticed guys were reluctant to kiss on the lips while hooking up.

(To be clear “any type of sex,” except the cyber kind, could potentially transmit the virus.)

Grindr and other gay hookup apps have seen men increasingly switching their preferences to ‘chat-only’ for fear of contracting the virus. In a somewhat half-arsed attempt at corporate responsibility, Tinder are presenting users with an in-app advertisement imploring them to wash their hands, avoid touching their faces and “maintain distance in social gatherings”, which would rule out most of the things people like to do after successful Tinder dates. If the situation worsens and we’re subjected to an Italy-like quarantine, it goes without saying that this will have serious consequences for people’s capacity to have any kind of sex whatsoever.

In summary, you should avoid sex with strangers until the Coronavirus has been contained. In the alternative, use a condom and avoid kissing.

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