“The Manual” for Sexually Active Gay Men
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.