Thursday, November 10, 2011

Risky Business: Bareback Sex

via sfweekly, by Taylor Friedman

Everything had to come off when Claude Wynne arrived at the Frisky SF party in the loft above the Mr. S Leather sex shop. This was a naked dance party — sex was a given.

Sex parties appeal to Wynne. Here, it doesn't matter that he's 55, on the pudgy side, or in an open relationship with his husband. The men here aren't really looking for a love connection.

Wynne paid $25 at the door and checked in his clothes. Signs and a presentation by the San Francisco Stop AIDS Project reminded participants to have safe sex.

Founded in 1984, the Stop AIDS Project was a response to the toll that the human immunodeficiency virus and its often fatal counterpart, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, had taken on San Francisco.

Wynne recalls his shock at seeing how many partygoers were forgoing the free condoms from Stop AIDS. He spotted the DJ barebacking — a term coined by the gay community as a sexy alternative to "unprotected sex." Now they see it as a word outsiders use to stigmatize them.

But barebacking and unprotected sex are not the same, according to experts who see barebacking as a separate "phenomenon" of the late 1990s.

More men began consciously rejecting condoms, while simultaneously, medical breakthroughs were allowing people with HIV to live longer without getting AIDS.

But left unchecked, AIDS weakens the immune system, inviting other deadly diseases that may not develop for years later. Moreover, treatments may have side effects, and they don't work for everyone. "It may not be a death sentence, but it's still a life sentence," Wynne says.

Hence, one definition of barebacking: intentional, unprotected anal sex, while accepting or seeking the risks.
In recent years, the risky business of barebacking has found a home in sex clubs that rent out their spaces to private parties for the night.

Often, these third-party organizers, including bareback porn companies, screen attendees through RSVPs and membership fees.

The club-goers like this selectivity. They have a good idea of whom they will be able to hook up with, especially if the party was organized by a dating site they belong to.

The parties share some features: consistently bad techno music; furniture such as beds, couches, and slings; low lighting; so-called glory holes; and wall-to-wall sex.

Whereas the San Francisco Department of Public Health asks that sex club operators monitor for safe sex at their events, anything goes at the private parties.

Until that night in May 2010, Wynne had not seen so much unprotected sex in a venue since the 1980s, when the city's bathhouses were considered a breeding zone for HIV.

Wynne had campaigned for the bathhouses to require patrons to wear condoms, so when he caught wind of an upcoming party specifically for bareback enthusiasts, he began writing impassioned e-mails to the Health Department.

He wanted to know: Were officials aware that bareback porn companies were inviting people at the Folsom Street Fair — San Francisco's annual leather and BDSM extravaganza — to attend their parties afterward? If so, why wasn't anything being done about events that condone, even sanction, unprotected sex?

To Wynne, public sex was a privilege, not a right, and its safety should be regulated by the city as such. He wasn't asking to end the parties. Just for safe sex.

Wynne wondered how Folsom's beneficiaries, HIV/AIDS organizations, could feel comfortable sharing the event with bareback porn companies selling products and promoting barebacking parties?


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