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March 1, 2011 Print

“The Risk-Taking Behavior of the Gay Party Male”

by Jeff Johnston

(Advisory – Adult subject matter)

Not all men with same-sex attractions engage in high risk social and sexual behaviors, but a significant number do, and men who have sex with men lead the way in contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. Groups like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York City Department of Health continue to point out some of the consequences of these behaviors.

In this sobering commentary, Dr. Frank Spinelli describes for readers his life as a doctor specializing in treating gay-identified men – and tells what it’s like when more than 5,400 of them get together for a Caribbean cruise.

Dr. Frank Spinelli: Cruise Control

COMMENTARY: Drinking, drugs, and unsafe sex: the risk-taking behavior of the gay party male.

Imagine for a moment that you’re a doctor — a gay doctor with a practice that predominantly treats gay men. Now guess how many text and phone calls you might receive during any given weekend involving questions that have to do with recreational drugs, penile discharge, or the risk of contracting HIV from unprotected sexual encounters. Now take that number and multiply it by 10 if that weekend should occur around Gay Pride, Folsom Street Fair, Gay Days at Disney, or any one of the Atlantis cruises. Welcome to my world…. (read the rest)

Thankfully there is help for those wanting to overcome sexual addiction, substance abuse or homosexuality. If you feel trapped in this kind of risky behavior, please contact Focus on the Family’s Counseling Services.

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