By Matthew Terrell for VICE
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when semen became the focus of so much erotic fixation in the gay community. Maybe it had something to do with AIDS activist coming out on the cover of in 1999 as an HIV+ gay man who enjoyed condom-less sex. “The unprotected sex … was beautiful, intimate, satisfying. I didn’t shower afterward,” he told the magazine. “We slept with his come inside me.” Or maybe the threshold was crossed in 2004 with the release of the seminal porn flick , in which a strapping, virile bottom has unprotected sex with a score of men. Or maybe it came earlier, when treatments for HIV/AIDS developed in the 90s made the disease more manageable and convinced many gay men not to think of semen as potential life-destroying poison.
Whatever the case, semen is everywhere these days. You can find it at , an international “pro-choice” (a.k.a. bareback or condom-less anal) sex party series where sharing fluids is embraced. You can find it all over the porn industry, where more and more studios are producing bareback films rather than condom-only stuff, according to the blog Str8UpGayPorn. You can even find fake semen, in the form of FT
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“Semen transmission is a form of personal contact that normative society says is wrong for gay men to do.” — Dr. William Leap
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