Sorry if this is a double post but my first post seems to have disappeared. I understand where you are coming from and I appreciate the dialogue you are trying to start. However, I do have a couple of issues with the post. First, the 50% statistic. I’m pretty sure that statistic comes from men who use hook-up apps, not the general gay/bisexual/queer community. Big difference. Second, you ask “Are men who engage in barebacking sex really self-destructive, uneducated, or unfamiliar with the risk?” The answer to the second two is “many actually are”. Recent CDC data shows that many of the states with the highest infection rates are in Southern states with limited sex education. Even in more “liberal” states like NY and NJ sex education can be lacking. I don’t think the “Use a condom” method is not working; its just being ignored which is a different but just as important issue. Third, race and politics play a role as well. The young African-American community is so underserved by both the LGBT orgs and HIV/AIDS orgs. Its no coincidence then that HIV runs rampant in that community. We need more education and outreach in this area, where just being gay can be a stigma. Lastly, you wonder why men continue to engage in risky sex when they know the dangers of it (sorry but barebacking is not a term I think appropriate here). Maybe this is the simplistic explanation but here goes: men are horny and will frequently do risky or unsafe things for sex. Its why men cheat on their spouses, hook up in sketchy bar bathrooms, invite strangers into their homes for a quick fuck, spend hundreds of dollars on escorts, and fall into bed with ex-girlfriends and boyfriends. Maybe there’s more to it, maybe there’s not. I applaud you for trying to change the shame tactic many employ when confronted with those who has partaken in risky sex. But I can’t help but feel like the tone of the article was “Condoms aren’t working, maybe barebacking isn’t so bad, let’s talk about it”. I know it wasn’t but I can see why others would.