Book: ban bareback sex parties

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24 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — Parties organised to bring gay men together to have unprotected sex with a stranger should be banned, according to a new book published in the Netherlands.

24 February 2005

AMSTERDAM — Parties organised to bring gay men together to have unprotected sex with a stranger should be banned, according to a new book published in the Netherlands.

In his book "je lust of je leven" (your pleasure or your life), television journalist Tim Dekkers charts the history of Aids prevention. He calls for tougher measures to stop the spread of Aids by unsafe sex.

Published on Thursday, the book has caused a stir because it contains a call by Jan van Wijngaarden, the inspector for infectious diseases with the Dutch Health Inspector, for a ban on "bareback parties".

He also says local municipalities should ban the publicising of such parties that are organised so that gay men can meet strangers and engage in unsafe sex. Van Wijngaarden emphasises he was speaking in a personal capacity and not in his professional capacity as an inspector.

Other experts who spoke to the authors did not agree. Retired Health professor Lode Wigersma said a ban on bareback parties would not solve the problem of unsafe sex.

He said the standard advice on safe sex should be revised, news agency ANP reported. "Don't just say: no, you shouldn't do that.  Instead, the message could be barebacking (sex without a condom) no, but oral sex with ejaculation is okay."

Aids-fonds foundation spokesman Wiebe van der Woede said concentrating on the bareback parties was futile and a ban on their parties would be pure symbolism. He said far better results could be achieved by focusing on the mainstream in the gay community.

Schorer, a health foundation for gay men, lesbians and transgender people, also emphasised that only 1-2 percent of the gay community consciously engaged in unsafe sex.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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