Friday, August 25, 2006

RUG UP

Rug Up for Winter, funny saying when spring is so close. Actually it is an organisation set up by Gay men to get the message out that 'rugging up' with a condom is taking action to help prevent HIV infection.

HIV infections have risen, in Victoria in 2005, by 28%. Is it because gay men no longer see their friends dying around them week by week? Is it because with every new treatment, they no longer see HIV as a death threat? Is the safe sex message not getting to the next generation of gay teens?

RugUp wants Gay men to take responsibility for their own health as well as their partners, mates and, I might as well say it, fuck buddies. They have a three point plan for men to commit to.
1. Use a condom every time you have casual anal sex between lst July and 30th September.
2. Have a sexual health check-up. (simple tests for gonorrhoea, syphilis, chlamydia and HIV)
3. Talk to your friends about your decision to be part of RugUp and encourage them to join.

So why am I talking about this campaign when I'm not gay or even a man? It's because this type of campaign can easily cross over to the straight male community. Take any 14 to 24 year old group of males and I bet they couldn't name more than one sexually transmitted infection or know what the symptoms are until their balls dropped off.
It also applies to girls in that same age range. There's no reason for girls not to carry their own condoms and insist on their use.
If your current cretin thinks you're a slut for carrying them, leave and never look back, he's not worth the trouble.
A grass roots campaign like RugUp has my support in educating sexually active teens, gay or straight. HIV and STI's don't care about your sexual orientation.

4 comments:

Andrew said...

The campaign sounds quite good. I put the rise down to drugs. Consequences of actions are the last thing on peoples minds. It is just so easy. For more experienced people, they fall into habit. If you insert this here, then this needs to be on. Not so with younger guys who are 'carried away with the moment'.

JahTeh said...

It was the idea of five men to get this going, including Paul Kid whose website is Buggery.org. For more info go to http://rugup.org.au and spread the message. Crystal meth is a real problem but not as bad as in the States.
There is a Crystal Meth website that tells men how to use it and survive the partying up and the crashing down. Add that to the 'let's get pozzed' parties and it's no wonder the gay scene has such a bad rap.

Andrew said...
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Andrew said...

I was once almost a professional gay. Sad how little I know abou things now.