“The Manual” for Sexually Active Gay Men

November 15, 2007 at 11:08 am 19 comments


My friend Eric Leven hipped me to this amazing resource for sexually active gay men called The Manual. The Manual covers sexually transmitted diseases that gay boys need to be aware and includes information on how to tell if you or a partner have one and how to treat and prevent them. The Manual is writing in language that real gay men speak instead of the sterile and neutered language used in most STD educational campaigns.

And this great resource comes to us not courtesy of the American government which you would think would be doing what ever it takes to keep its citizens healthy. Its comes to us from the Terrence Higgins Trust in England.

As Eric says:

So why can’t we find this in America? Why does it have to be ordered from England? Oh that’s right. Jesus Christ.

In America you can’t find a brochure like this because everything is draped in religious and conservative morals (bullsh*t.) Even when a virus affects millions of its country’s own citizens. Jesus, actually, rather those who speak for him have seeped so deeply into our society that we’re prevented from using day-to-day language in a clinical brochure because it might be “offensive” to some people.

Read what else Eric has to say about the disastrous impact of the religious right moralists have had on sexual health education and a new project targeting young gay men here. Eric writes the blog Knuckle Crack where you can find all sorts of cool stuff.

HIV Infections 50% Higher Than Reported
What Do You Know About HIV?
Who Says Young Gay Men Are Shallow?


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  • 1. James Wesholski  |  November 15, 2007 at 11:45 am

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Some day (soon, I hope) we will wake up to the threat that the religious right is posing to nearly every aspect of our lives – gay or straight. I just pray it’s not too late.

  • 2. Christopher  |  November 15, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Very, very useful.

    I worked for an HIV community non-profit in Los Angeles for 10 years and you can’t even imagine some of the misconceptions about “the virus” I would hear from well educated men out and about chasing tail.

    I’m soooooooo glad I’m married and not in the market.

  • 3. Michael Crawford  |  November 15, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    I wonder if any American organization will have the guts to create its own Manual that is as informative and frank.

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  • 6. EOTD  |  March 2, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Oh good god, people.

    Saying “penis”, “feces”, and “anal sex” instead of “cock”, “shit”, and “fucking” isn’t “sterile and neutered” language, it’s just plain language. This manual is the equivalent of sex-ed programs that use lame hip-hop acts to try to teach – a misguided attempt to connect with youth culture by trying to “speak their language”, which they’re hardly fluent in. Just using vulgar slang isn’t going to make kids listen.

  • 7. Michael Crawford  |  March 2, 2008 at 11:56 pm


    In case you didn’t notice, this manual is aimed not at ‘kids,” but at gay men and the use of the language that real people actually use is not a lame attempt to be hip. It is actually speaking in the way that most people talk.

  • 8. [16.female.hawaii]  |  May 9, 2008 at 1:47 am

    I’m a female but im bisexual.

    I haven’t read this manual [because I am female and dont have that extra part you lucky boys do, lol] But there are a lot of things in this world that many people try to put God and Jesus Christ into the picture. God created all man kind [I am catholic-christian: if you are not, thats ok 🙂 ] and he loves all of his children.

    Being gay may not be “normal” to some people but it’s not necessarily wrong. Most often you can not control who you love or what you love. Having to change some of the words used in which speaking of gay-intercourse I think is alright because in some cases the word “cock” shouldn’t be used, lol.

    It irratates me how so many people try to push God onto the homosexuals because of their sexuality. I am bisexual and I love God. As long as we live right and do good, there is nothing wrong with loving our same gender.

    Peace, Love, Pride.

    [email: i_love_skittles_yay@hotmail.com]

  • 9. james bond  |  May 16, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    soy muy divertido y bosco hombre entre 15-18 años

  • 10. mahmud  |  June 5, 2008 at 4:27 am

    انا احب الحيات

  • 11. aristille  |  July 24, 2008 at 9:44 am

    i am looking to chat with new poeple love to make new friends so if this is you write back

  • 12. jacob  |  August 18, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    i thankyou.

  • 13. harry poter  |  September 30, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    hola necesito un hombre que es muy malo

  • 14. Andrew  |  October 18, 2008 at 1:47 am

    Just a usual spoken language… Very informative and easy to read manual. Thanks for posting!

  • 15. Frankyn  |  October 24, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Boys are the best and thay are the best kissers and i love x

  • 16. reuben  |  October 31, 2008 at 8:45 am

    gay or not,where does it come from? very intriguing.I wish some of us had the choice.

  • 17. Justin/trainwreck  |  September 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Im a newbee to the gay world of pain and predjudice but acostomed to it i would like to find out more on the subject and any one intrested im also lookin for a partner in life so write me and we will cus and disscus.

  • 18. Sexy Boyz  |  January 14, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I like what your saying. More power to Gay Pride. I’ll be sure to tell my boyz to check out your blog..

  • 19. loleni  |  January 30, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    hot picture


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