What’s worse than a gamergater? A gamergater giving medical advice.
Mike Cernovich is spreading misinformation now, in a post about avoiding STDs. He first tells us that American women, especially those feminists, are diseased and proud of it (he gives a few quotes that show that people at Jezebel are conscious of the prevalence of STDs, but not that they take pride in it). Then he shows an incomplete chart of the frequency of HIV infections, and announces
If you’re a straight man, you will not get HIV.
His entire article is built around misinterpreting this one chart, and one citation…of a 2004 article in Details magazine, the “Modern Man’s Guide to Culture and Style”.
Let’s keep this simple: he’s wrong.
The Center for AIDS Prevention studies answers the question, Are heterosexual men at risk?
Yes. In the US, new AIDS cases are increasing among people who were infected through injecting drug use (IDU) and heterosexual sexual contact. The rise in IDU infections in heterosexual men has led to the rise in HIV infections in women, as more women become infected from men who are IDUs. For this reason, sexual behavior change among heterosexual men will be key to controlling the HIV epidemic for heterosexual men, women and children.
Women’s Health addresses the myth that Women can’t give men HIV.
It’s much harder for men to get HIV from women, but it does happen. HIV does not live long outside the body. A man’s penis is only exposed to HIV for the time that it is in a vagina or rectum. Men also may have fewer areas on the penis where the virus can enter the body. HIV can enter at the opening of the tip and through cuts or sores on the shaft. But if a partner has an untreated sexually transmitted infection (STI) like syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia, the risk is higher. These infections can bring more CD4 cells to the area of infection, or cause breaks in the skin, both increasing the risk of passing HIV. Meanwhile, women have a higher risk of getting HIV from men. Because HIV is in the man’s semen, which can stay in the woman’s vagina for days, her exposure time is longer after sex. Also, the vagina provides a much larger area than the penis does through which HIV can enter the woman’s body.
AIDS.gov has advice for men having vaginal sex.
Insertive vaginal sex (penis in the vagina) without a condom is considered a high-risk behavior for HIV transmission, but it is less risky for the male partner than the female partner.
In men, HIV can enter the body through the urethra (the opening at the tip of the penis) or through small cuts or open sores on the penis. Men who are not circumcised are at greater risk of HIV infection through vaginal sex than are circumcised men.
Your risk of HIV infection increases if you or your partner also has an STD.
Use a new condom with a water-based lubricant every time you have insertive vaginal sex to prevent STDs, including HIV.
These are all more reliable sources than Mike Cernovich or Details magazine. Cernovich is a dangerous moron.
I’m not even going to touch his obsession with black women and their sex with
down low brothas. Ick.
The best advice? Don’t have sex with Mike Cernovich. He’s filthy and has bizarre ideas about sexual hygiene.