Jun 11, 1998
What is the phrase "barebacking" referred to? I have heard the phrase in t.v. shows, magazines, and newspapers and would like to know the definition of it. Thanks!
Response from Mr. Sowadsky
Hi. Thank you for your question. The term "barebacking" generally refers to Gay men engaging in unprotected anal intercourse, despite the risks for HIV and other STDs. Nicolas Sheon and Aaron Plant have written an online review article on barebacking, entitled Protease Dis-Inhibitors? The Gay Bareback Phenomenon. After reading this article, you may also want to read the following posts on this website that deal with issues related to barebacking.
Regarding Gay men having unprotected sex:
Studies of Gay Discordant Couples
90s seroconversion rates
Regarding HIV reinfection (re-exposure to HIV):
HIV POSITIVE COUPLE CONTINUING SEX
Regarding Post-Exposure Prophylaxis after Sexual Exposures to HIV:
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) For Sexual Exposures
Barebacking is an extremely controversial and complicated issue, especially since it is dealing with human behavior. Not all Gay men engage in barebacking. Many Gay men use condoms every time they have anal sex with every partner. But some Gay men prefer to have unprotected anal sex and they are willing to take the risks. For some Gay men, the benefits of unprotected anal intercourse (intimacy, pleasure, etc.) outweigh the risks (HIV and other STDs). On the other hand, if two Gay men have unprotected anal intercourse, and neither of them is infected with HIV, nor any other STD, then barebacking would be completely safe as far as infectious diseases are concerned. But if either partner has HIV or another STD, then there are significant risks of infection for these diseases through barebacking. Future HIV and STD prevention efforts targeted toward the Gay community must incorporate the issue of barebacking.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Is Itchy Scrotum An Acute Symptom Of AIDS?
- Painful Red Spots After Licking Vagina Worried I Have HIV
- Penis Discharge After Receptive Anal Sex Worried I Have HIV
- Swollen Lymph Glands After Oral Sex On A Woman What Are The Chances Of HIV
- White Bumps After Anal Sex Top Sign Of HIV AIDS
- Can Chlamydia Cause Genital Warts?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.