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Thursday, 29 May 2014

BRENT'S BACK (in Calgary)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hey guys! I want to start off by apologizing to you. I haven't really kept up my end of the bargain with you lately. But I'm feeling better every day, so things should be back to normal soon. My upcoming move away from Calgary will cause a bit more confusion, but Steve is hoping to make up for that by shooting scenes in the States while I'm getting settled in my new place in Toronto (as soon as I find one). Today's new video is called "Brent's Back (in Calgary)". I was going to shoot it in Victoria last week, but we just ran out of time and couldn't finish it.









Another bit of news: The Kindle e-Book "Around the World in 80 Gay Porn Stars" is now available from Amazon.


It's got interviews with 80 of your favorite porn stars (including me and my friend Brandon Wilde). Go check it out (no,no, I don't get any royalties, lol).

I really hope you'll forgive me for my absence.
- Brent

Sunday, 18 May 2014

In Calling Truvada a ‘Party Drug,’ AHF’s Michael Weinstein Sparks a Debate on the Risks and Rewards of PrEP


Tue, Apr 15, 2014   By Henry (Hank) Scott    

A generally quiet debate over whether a daily dose of a drug called Truvada can really protect an HIV negative person from contracting the disease that causes AIDS has reached a flash point.

AHF, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Michael Weinstein

Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, recently described Truvada as a "party drug" in an interview with the Associated Press. (Weinstein's full quote was: "If something comes along that's better than condoms, I'm all for it, but Truvada is not that. Let's be honest: It's a party drug.")

That prompted an attack on Weinstein by Michael Lucas, a porn performer and adult movie producer, in an article published in Out magazine. Today Eric Paul Leue, recently named Mr. Los Angeles Leatherand, coincidentally, a figure in a current AHF ad campaign, says he is launching a petition drive to demand that Weinstein resign from AHF, which he founded in 1987. AHF is the world's largest non-government provider of HIV/AIDS healthcare services. It is based in Los Angeles and operates in 33 countries.

Truvada, which is manufactured by Gilead Science, is a pill that contains two drugs: tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and emtricitabine. Its use is described as "pre-exposure prophylaxis" (PreP), a term that describes a way to prevent contracting a disease. Truvada was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2004 for treatment of HIV infection. In 2012 Gilead won permission to market it as a drug to prevent contracting HIV.

Michael Lucas (Photo by Sasha Maslov)

Michael Lucas (Photo by Sasha Maslov)

Since 2012 a war has slowly begun between those who see condoms as the only effective way to prevent someone not in a monogamous relationship from contracting HIV and those who argue that PreP is the future in a world where use of condoms is on the decline. Weinstein's use of the term "party drug," an allusion to the recreational use by many gay men of dangerous and illegal substances such as GHB and crystal meth, was a flashpoint that will draw wider attention to a fight that largely has been waged on blogs devoted to gay health.

The condom has been pretty much the only form of HIV prevention since the advent of AIDS in the United States in the 1980s. Studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) describe a latex condom as providing an "impermeable barrier" to the HIV virus and to bacteria associated with other sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea.

The effectiveness of condoms in preventing transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases is often misunderstood because of the way the data is presented. For example, some studies say that condoms are 60 to 70 percent effective in preventing HIV transmission, a statistic that Truvada proponents have used in arguing that the drug is more effective. But those studies include people who don't use a condom consistently. Studies show condoms are 90 to 95 percent effective in preventing HIV transmission if used consistently, but even those studies don't account for instances where someone puts a condom on incorrectly so that it slips off or uses it in such a way that it tears.

Eric Leue

Eric Leue

One study suggests that the best predictor that a gay man will use a condom effectively is the fact that he has had sex at least 10 times a year and thus knows how to put one on. The fact that a latex condom is described as "impermeable" suggests it is 100 percent effective if used consistently and correctly. One indicator of the power of the condom is a study by the UK's Health Protection Agency that estimated HIV transmission rates in 2000 would have been 400 percent higher if all gay and bisexual men had stopped using them.

The fact is, however, that consistent use of condoms is on the decline among gay men. The CDC reported last November than incidents of gay and bisexual men having unprotected sex with other men increased 20 percent from 2005 to 2011. The reasons aren't clear. Some speculate that many gay men are willing to risk contracting HIV because it's no longer viewed as a fatal disease. Others say that a new generation of gay men is unfamiliar with the fatal consequences of HIV in the 1980s and 1990s that led to a dramatic increase in condom use.

Advocates of Truvada as PreP fall into two camps. There are those who support it so long as the men taking the drug also use a condom (the rationale is that someone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs may forget to use a condom sometimes, and Truvda reduces the risk in those situations). There also are those who see Truvada as a substitute for condoms.

One argument among the latter group is that gay men are going to have unprotected sex anyway, so why not offer Truvada to reduce the risk of HIV transmission (it doesn't reduce the risk of contracting other sexually transmitted diseases).

Some point to studies that show Truvada's effectiveness, often misinterpreting the figures. In hisessay in Out magazine, Michael Lucas says "the latest research shows that people who take PrEP on a daily basis achieve upwards of 90 percent protection from the virus. That's a conservative estimate. In the largest study to date, not a single person who took PrEP as prescribed became HIV positive." Lucas does note, in another essay published in Out in July, that he takes Truvada and that it is important to also use a condom when having sex.

The results of the studies, all of which show daily use of Truvada helps reduce the risk of HIV infection, are complex. The study cited by Lucas actually shows a 99 percent reduction in the risk of contracting HIV in men whose blood shows a level of Truvada that suggests they take it every day. But those men also were offered a package of prevention services that included condoms, monthly HIV testing and counseling to reduce risky sexual behavior and encourage daily use of Truvada. So while Truvada clearly did reduce the risk of HIV infection, it isn't clear what impact condom use also had on that reduction.

Even some PreP advocates worry that HIV negative gay men may not take a Truvada pill every day. "In a majority of PrEP studies, many or most people did not take it as directed," noted a writer forBetaBlog.org who was covering a conference on the subject at a San Francisco provider of sexual health services. "Some people are also fearful about PrEP after seeing the debilitating side effects of older antiretroviral drugs." There is evidence that the drug can cause a reduction in bone density in some people, which has emerged, along with a higher risk of heart disease, as an issue for some people who have been taking antiretroviral medication for HIV over the years.

For some men, a factor in adherence to the daily Truvada regimen may be the cost of the drug, which can be as much as $1,000 a month, although some insurance plans cover much of that. Another is what researchers call the "seasons of risk" for gay men. In those periods when an HIV negative man is in a monogamous relationship with another HIV negative man or is not having sex at all, he may be disinclined to take Truvada every day. But then he may quickly move overnight into a "season of risk" without having the drug on hand or a sufficient amount of it in his system to help protect him.

There's little chance that Lucas and Leue's petitions will force Michael Weinstein to leave AHF. But perhaps bringing the debate forward will prompt a deeper look at the potential risks and rewards of Truvada and a deeper look at the scientific studies, whose abstracts often are all that are read, and quoted, by adherents of one approach or another.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

How I want u

Bum boy

Military stud

Happy hump day

That's a You Problem

Crocks & Coffee

Notice the everything

Tease

Mom:

Gay boys

Sneaky bastard

Wash it before u fuck it

Ass

Bum

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

5 ways to be safer while hooking up online

Via queerty.com 

Five Ways To Be Safer While Hooking Up Online

When it comes to hooking up online, everybody's done it. While we know some of you thots have hookups that were super hot, the recent murder of a local gay man in Philly by a hookup he met on Grindr has everyone on edge. We're sex-positive in these parts, and we figure if you're gonna do it we may as well give you a few pointers on how to stay safe, so here are five ways you can be safer while hooking up online.

 

textingandguysdating1. Let A Friend Know What's Going On

If you're the type of guy who can find a Grindr hookup while walking from one avenue block of your gayborhood to the next, chances are that you've probably got a friend that is equally as friendly as you are. So, why not take advantage of him? Take a screenshot of your next hookup's face pic (because we knowyou're not hooking up with someone without receiving a face pic first) and text it along with the address to your partner with a note that you'll text him as soon as you're done so he knows that you're safe. The bonus is that you'll totally have a record of all your hookups, someone to talk to them about and a printable face photo to put on the dartboard in case he ever decides to be a dick and block you. This is what we call a win-win situation.

 

tumblr_n4vlxmiw321tst6smo1_12802. Know How To Protect Yourself

If you're a 5'6 twink who just happens to be into muscle daddies, you've got to be aware that you're at a physical disadvantage going into the situation. We're pretty solid over in these parts, and can still remember hooking up with plenty of guys that had at least 25 lbs and 4 or 5 inches (in height) on us. As a gay guy in 2014, you need to know how to protect yourself, and lucky for you there are plenty of opportunities to learn how to do so.

Velvet Gloves is one of the only boxing groups that caters specifically to gay men, but nobody says your life has to beall gay all the time. So, check out regular boxing classes, krav maga, and even some basic self-defense courses that can be found in pretty much every city. If you've ever got to take down someone who is being a little bit too aggressive, you'll be glad you did.

blindfolded3. Avoid Anonymous Encounters

Some guys are very into the anonymity of a total stranger coming in to plow them (or being the stranger doing the plowing), but we have to say that this is probably one of the most dangerous things that you can do while hooking up online. If you think it's an A+ idea to have your head buried in the pillow and leave your door unlocked while waiting for a complete stranger to enter your apartment (and you), then get over it. Now.

Engaging in this particular type of hookup leaves you more open to robbery and sexual assault, and leaves you in the most vulnerable position you could be in. If this is really your thing, engage in it with a trusted bud and make it a part of the fantasy so you can have the hot sex with only the idea of the danger.

 

logan-mcneil-naked4. Trust Your Gut

On a message board we frequent there was a truly harrowing post from someone who got a really creepy feeling from a guy trying to pick him up at a bar. That guy turned out to be Jeffrey Dahmer. You know, the psycho who killed multiple gay men before dining on their flesh? Of course, those were days long before Grindr, Jack'd and the other apps, but even when you're talking to a guy online your instincts can tell you whether or not there's a "creep factor" that you can't shake off. If you get even a hint that there is something not right about the situation, don't go. Grindr has a seemingly endless parade of pole and hole, so we're quite sure a little hunting will find you someone you can be comfortable andhorizontal with.

 

kissing-time-homotography-45. Have A Regular Online Buddy

OK, so if you're doing the Grindr (or Jack'd or Scruff or Squirt) thing, then obviously there is always going to be the awkwardness of meeting a hookup for the first time. However, if the sex is superhot and you're both into making it a regular thing, then why not use the app to reconnect with your bud? You've obviously passed both the chemistry test and the "is he or is he not a cannibal psycho?" test, and since you're both smart enough not to try to make a boyfriend out of an online hookup then you're left with someone who can be trusted on some level that you have really hot sex with.

Here's the dirty little secret about hooking up: most guys actually want a regular bud to hook up with, even if they're not looking for a boyfriend. So have fun "auditioning" guys, and when you find one or two or ten that you click with, go ahead and put them on the team. A properly vetted online bud can nullify the need for all of the previous rules, so keep your eyes (and other things) open for a good one to keep in the stable. It'll save you a lot of stress in the long run.

So there are five tips to keep you safe out there in the wonderful world of hooking up. Feel free to share your own in the comments section.


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Friday, 2 May 2014

I'm A Porn Star - Public Release of the Film

We've just been informed by Charlie David of Border2Border Entertainment, the director of "I'm A Porn Star", that it will have a DVD release in the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, France and Poland in August.


It's already recently been released on the following digital platforms:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/imapornstar
Xbox: http://bit.ly/1lGqfpj
Dailymotion: http://bit.ly/1oTs33b
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1elzjQM
DVD here: http://bit.ly/1a0gM3B

You can watch the trailer on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H_kqinEMyA

The documentary is about 80 minutes long. It's about the lives of four porn stars (it's not porn), so it's x-rated, not xxx-rated. But you'll find out things you haven't heard before... ;)

Take a peek at the trailer on Vimeo or YouTube.

Cheers,
- Brent