Every gay man has been asked what they’re ‘into’ at some point. Not ‘into’, like rock music, or eating out, or travelling to new countries, but into i.e. what you like in the bedroom. The answer, of course, depends very much on the respondent, but quite often involves terms such as kinky, vanilla, naughty, risky, safe, bareback, amongst others. And, if you’re into the fetish side of things London is the place to be. It has one of the largest gay scenes in the world, and one of the largest fetish scenes too. There are nights for guys into everything from feet to fisting, sounds to spanking, and watersports to wrestling, to name but a few. If you’ve got a fetish, or are just curious about the scene then listen up, this week is Fetish Week! That’s right, a whole week of events for guys into fetish in whatever shape and form that might include (see more info here), and we are going to be right in the middle of all the fun.
We are going to be at venues across London this week as part of Fetish Week and we look forward to seeing you guys out and about. Our schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, 11am – 2pm
Expectations (Old St):
Thursday, 5-7pm AND
Friday, 10pm – midnight
Friday, 5 – 8pm
Paris Gym (Vauxhall):
Ku bar Chinatown – HIV Testing:
HIV risk and Fetish
It’s certainly a controversial question, but are guys into the fetish scene more likely to be HIV positive? Well, it’s difficult (and more likely not useful) to generalise about the fetish scene in its entirety, but a 2011 study by Moskovitz et al (see here ) showed that guys into the leather scene are 61% more likely to be HIV positive. The reasons for this are complex, but one clear factor is the link between leathermen and being dom(inant)/sub(missive). The research showed condom use was much lower amongst submissive men on the leather scene than elsewhere and, as a result, recommended that sexual health promotion work focuses on increasing awareness amongst sero-uncertain submissive guys.
This week we are not focusing our attention on a specific group of the Fetish community (as you can see from the list of places and events above), but we will be on hand to answer any questions people might have about HIV/STI transmission and testing, and to signpost to London services. We’ll also have plenty of goodies (including free condoms), so make sure you come over if you’re out and about!