Did Gay Bareback Porn Kill Chad Noel?
April 7, 2010
Among the many online condolences to the family of Chad Noel ("Jim and Bonnie, so sorry to hear of the loss of your son ...") are glimpses of the boy this young man was, while growing up in the ironic hometown of Laramie, Wyoming (where Matthew Shepard lived and perished). Noel, 25, died last month, reportedly of AIDS-related complications.
"I remember him playing with me in my pretend kitchen and being one of the only boys to not pick on me," writes Kendra of her gay adolescent friend on the Laramie Boomerang's online obituary page. "Chad was my Senior Prom date, it was truly one of the funnest nights of my life," adds Rebecca. Reminiscences of his smile and humor abound in posted comments under his one-sentence death notice.View Full Article
Comment by: Victoria
(Forest Hill, MD)
Mon., Mar. 4, 2013 at 10:25 pm UTC
The answer to the title of the article is yes. Chad Noel did catch HIV on his very first professional gay porn movie. Yes, barebacking sure killed him. I think I have solved the mystery of his HIV infection. I believe he caught it on his first porn movie.
Comment by: Spa'd
Wed., Dec. 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm UTC
Can everyone stop hijacking Chad Noel’s drug overdose as the pseudo cause celebre for anti-bareback gay video awareness? Chad Noel did not die of an HIV/AIDS-related illness. While it is true that he was HIV+, he was also drug addicted, had been in rehab, but still lost his battle with a disease (i.e., drug addiction) that has and will claim far more lives than HIV/AIDS. And although Chad did not succumb to HIV/AIDS, we don’t even know if Chad actually contracted HIV from his very small number of bareback porn scenes. Note that NONE of his handful of BB co-stars have died, and NONE have been identified as HIV+. The reality is that Chad was sexually active from a young age and came from a pathologically conservative area. And… (unfortunately) when he moved to the metro NYC area after high school was also an escort who was openly advertised as available for non-condom encounters on several Internet male escort sites, including Bareback.com. So, try to get the facts correct.
Comment by: David
Sun., Jan. 2, 2011 at 4:13 am UTC
We've known HIV was an STD leading to AIDS for, what, 25 years now? Why do we feel like we gotta say kids are complacent because the drug companies and porn studios lead them to a false sense of security? If thats the case, what does it say about all those who converted between 1985 and 1995? People make stupid mistakes, make human mistakes and live in denial, end of story. This will always be a tragic part of human nature. We don't need to blame the drug companies because they don't show rock climbers sharting themselves, and we don't need to shriek like grumpy old men at the recklessness of teenagers.
Comment by: Chris
Sat., Apr. 24, 2010 at 6:45 am UTC
Mark, it's worse than you think. I know nothing of Chad Noel so my comments are not about him. We have a whole generation of kids growing up who are indifferent to HIV infection. They think that *when* they contract HIV it will be no big deal, you just end up taking drugs for the rest of your life, but you will basically live a normal life and can do whatever you want to do without real consequences. Congratulations to the drug companies, you've succeeded in conveying the impression that once you become HIV+ you will climb mountains, develop that sixpack you've always wanted, and be the center of the party. The medical profession is not far behind, because the standard line from docs these days is that HIV is a manageable chronic infection, the drugs are a lot better, you will basically live a normal life. It's partially true. Instead of dying of Kaposi's sarcoma or pneumonia, you will die (within 20-25 years of infection) of cancer, liver disease, or a good ole' fashioned heart attack, the latter two being caused directly because of the meds themselves. It's disgusting how in denial we as a community are. It's no big deal, right?
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