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Legally LGBT: Debating condoms in porn

Younger generations of gay and bisexual men who did not experience the height of the AIDS crisis are lured in by images of bareback sex in pornography. To the younger viewer, condoms detract from the enjoyment of porn, and a new generation of pornographers recognizes the allure of bareback videos.

Many studios producing bareback porn are based in Los Angeles. In the 2012 election, Los Angeles County passed a referendum requiring condoms to be used in any material showing vaginal or anal sex.

Iowa appeals court hears arguments in HIV criminalization case

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Court of Appeals today heard arguments in Lambda Legal's case representing Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive Iowan in his appeal for post-conviction relief.

Rhoades was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison with registration as a sex offender after having a one-time sexual encounter with another man during which they used a condom. His partner did not contract HIV.

Young gay men face violence, lack housing and access to HIV services, global survey finds

A new study indicates that young men who have sex with men (YMSM) around the world experience higher levels of homophobia, unstable housing, violence and other factors that hinder access to HIV services, compared to older MSM.

Conducted by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), the analysis shows YMSM fare worse than older MSM in their attempts to access numerous HIV services, including HIV treatment.

“Existing data indicates that rates of HIV are rapidly increasing among YMSM in low and high income countries alike,” said Dr. George Ayala, MSMGF executive director.

Canada's high court: Not always a crime to hide HIV status to sex partners

OTTAWA, Canada -- If you wear a condom and have a "low load" of the HIV virus, it is not a crime if you do not tell your sex partner about your status, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today.

However, the court seemed to imply by its ruling that if you are HIV-positive and engage in dangerous behavior with your sex partner, such as not wearing a condom and not disclosing your status and not taking reasonable steps to avoid transmitting the virus, that you could be sued.

Get a LIFE: Lets talk about sex on love day

It's love day, and lets face it, when you love someone, you often want to touch them.

If you are single, perhaps you are touching yourself.

Although it is often deemed taboo to talk about sex, masturbation, or genital health, there are many reasons to explore our sexual selves.

Lovemaking is an important part of the human experience and as homosapiens, touch can be extremely healing.

Some of the benefits of sexual play include increased oxygen to the cells, lowered blood pressure and reduced stress.

But don't worry, if you're flying solo, benefits also abound.

BREAKING NEWS: Treating HIV-infected people with antiretrovirals protects partners from infection, NIAID study finds

Men and women infected with HIV reduced the risk of transmitting the virus to their sexual partners by taking oral antiretroviral medicines when their immune systems were relatively healthy, according to findings from a large-scale clinical study sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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