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The Changing Landscape of Gay Sex: A Q&A

May 8, 2014

Everett Holden

Everett Holden

Everett Holden wants you to talk about sex.

"The more honest we get about sex, the more likely we are to protect ourselves and ask important questions," he says. Since January, Everett has been meeting gay and bi guys in San Francisco for coffee and conversation about their sex lives, their sexual health goals, and what new HIV prevention tools mean to them.

"I've met with 16 guys in just the past two months. The conversations we've had are amazing," Everett enthuses. As a testing and linkage to care coordinator for Bridgemen, San Francisco AIDS Foundation's community service group for gay and bi men, Everett helps connect newly HIV-diagnosed guys to the medical care and services they need, and works with both HIV-positive and HIV-negative men to understand their evolving HIV prevention options and advocate for their own sexual health and choices.

Our upcoming Real Talk public forum, "Undetectable -- the New Negative?" on May 20 in San Francisco will explore how daily oral PrEP and undetectable viral load (that is, having so few copies of the virus that HIV transmission risk is dramatically reduced) are changing our understandings of HIV status, HIV prevention, and sexual wellness and intimacy. Everett will be on hand to answer your questions about these new prevention tools and what they mean for gay and bi men in our community; he will also host a group orientation on PrEP with Bridgemen on May 27.

In advance of these events, we sat down with Everett to hear his personal and professional take on PrEP, how he sees gay sex changing in our city, and why it's high time to redefine "safer sex."

This excerpt was cross-posted with the permission of BETAblog.org. Read the full article.



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