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Seemingly absent from conversations around condomless anal sex are issues of trust, choice, love, consent and the difference between the fantasy of porn and the reality of flesh. Barebacking has either been demonized as a one-way ticket to being HIV+ or vaulted as the holy grail of new queer sex. This seeps into our queer heads and we feel the collective shame the culture puts on us of our natural inclinations, our older-than-time desires. We're made to feel that what we do needs to be policed, sanctioned, protected. What affect does this have on the gay male psyche? On how we exercise our desires? On how we treat one another?
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