The secular world “where the smart people live” : Of rational behaviour, sex parties , bare back porn and HIV

One  would  have  thought  that  as  a homosexual man  and a member  of  the  group among whom  AIDS  was  first identified ,   HIV  isolated   and  with  the  highest  rates  of  HIV    in the  West  Josh Weston would  be  extra careful.  Not  so.  Similarly  for  Men who have  Sex with  Men (MSM)

 

 

 

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/12/19/gay-bareback-porn-star-dies-of-hiv-related-complications/

Gay bareback porn star dies of HIV related complications

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Gay adult star Josh Weston (real name Chad) has died aged 39. He had previously starred in a string of bareback porn films for a variety of different porn houses.
Hot House, who produced some of the work he appeared in confirmed Weston’s death on their blog writing: “Adult Superstar Josh Weston succumbed to HIV-related complications on Sunday, December 16. He was 39 years old.
“Weston started his career in 2001 as a Falcon Exclusive, starring some of their biggest hits from the early 2000s. After leaving that contract went on to work with other studios including Hot House where he headlined our hits Trunks 3 and Communion. Always warm and friendly and ready to laugh, Josh was loved by many and will be missed by all.”
Weston had also appeared on a number of bareback porn films made for a company called Slut Machine. They included ‘F*ck Engine’ and ‘Bodybuilders Bareback’. It is not known whether Weston was living with HIV at the time of filming.
Since November it has been illegal for bareback porn to be filmed in California.

Before he died, Weston is reported to have been writing a memoir ‘Sleeping my Way to the Bottom’.
A contributor on the Kenneth in the 212 blog writes: “Josh Weston or Chad, which was his real name, was a kind and very intelligent man. He graduated from college, had a very impressive vocabulary, and wrote very insightful blogs on MySpace. I was lucky to be pen pals with him during a very difficult time in my life.
“He always wrote back to me and seemed to care about the hell I was going through. We spoke on the phone a few times back in 2006 when he was living in New York City. At that time he was still escorting but had left major studio porn. We never met and our last conversation on the phone had him packing up to move out west to join his sister on a business venture.
“He seemed ready to move on from the “adult performer” role and move into a different stage of life since he was now in his 30’s. I was surprised when I saw him appear in bare back films shortly after. In these films, he appeared ill and not really with it.
“I did sense loneliness and depression in some of our conversations. This is something that I believe many of us gay men deal with on different levels from time to time. I can’t say I knew him well, but I can say that he was kind, very sincere, very bright, and very beautiful. I tried numerous times to reach him via email and phone since 2006. It appeared that he “disappeared.”
“I’m very sorry to hear about his passing and hope that he now finds peace.”

 

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AIDS Behav. 2011 Feb;15(2):305-18. doi: 10.1007/s10461-010-9809-6.
Sex parties among urban MSM: an emerging culture and HIV risk environment.
Mimiaga MJ1, Reisner SL, Bland SE, Driscoll MA, Cranston K, Isenberg D, VanDerwarker R, Mayer KH.
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Abstract
Private sex parties are an emerging risk environment for HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM). In 2009, 103 participants who reported attending at least one sex party in Massachusetts in the prior 12 months completed an in-depth, interviewer-administered quantitative assessment. Multivariable logistic regression analyses were conducted to examine associations with having engaged in one or more serodiscordant unprotected anal sex (SDUAS) acts at the most recent sex party attended. Nearly one-third (32%) of the sample reported engaging in SDUAS at the most recent sex party attended. Adjusting for age, race/ethnicity, and educational attainment, variables associated with an increased odds of engaging in SDUAS at the most recent sex party were: total number of unprotected anal receptive sex acts at sex parties in the past 12 months, self-perception of being at-risk for transmitting or acquiring HIV, and sexual sensation seeking. Examined in the same model, if condoms were provided/available at the most recent sex party attended, participants were at a decreased odds of engaging in SDUAS at that sex party. The majority (80%) expressed an interest in HIV prevention activities for MSM who attend sex parties. HIV prevention interventions are needed to reach MSM who attend sex parties and should take into account individual and contextual factors that may contribute to sexual risk. Environmental factors in the sex party setting, in particular the presence and availability of condoms, may potentially mitigate individual-level factors such as unprotected anal sex.

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