Bareback Britain may sound like a 
low-budget gay porn movie (indeed a quick online search reveals that it is a DVD from 2007, with the tagline “bum me bareback and I’ll drink your spunk, mate!”), but in reality there is a risk of it becoming a slogan for gay men. Most gay men on the scene today have largely grown up without personally experiencing the condomfree sex that flourished in the 1970s and early 1980s. For those who did experience those pre-AIDS, precondom years, it’s a bit like being nostalgic about the original Star Wars and Superman films, revolutionary technology like the first Sony Walkman personal cassette player, the Apple i computer and the heyday of disco – amazing at the time, but the world has changed a hell of a lot since then.

The world is constantly changing, and so it seems is our attitude to condom use. In the last few years we are seeing attitudes shift towards some gay men now having sex without condoms again. But why is this happening and who is to blame? Is anyone to blame? Or is this something we need to be realistic about, be openly honest about and stop finger pointing. Bareback sex is now happening more and more with gay men in Britain, let’s find out why...

Why are gay men throwing away the condoms?

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