Josh of Confessions of a Bareback Sauna Slut (NSFW) ‘fame’ has published on his blog a video that was previously available via the porn performer Christian Knox. Josh has regularly talked about his promiscuous sexual behaviour, that this behaviour is bareback (condomless) and most recently, that he is now HIV+ (and continuing to engage in bareback sex). I would have embedded the video here but there is the occasional (very brief) bit of sexual footage which intercuts this video interview.
The video was filmed in Chariots Sauna in Shoreditch, London in mid-January 2012. They took over a small cubicle in the sauna, and it was filmed on Cristian’s iPhone. For many it will be the first time they are able to put a voice to the man. He is un-repentant about his behaviour in the past, or his continued bareback sex. He explains his rationale and his je ne regrette rein philosophy in the course of the video and comes across as comfortable with his status and behaviour. He also comes across as articulate and (I think this is incredibly significant) likeable. Likability is important in reaching out to a wider audience, in enabling people to feel comfortable for long enough to ‘tune in’ to the message that is being presented.
This presentation is important in putting a face – and now voice – to the increasingly visible identity of the HIV+ barebacker which goes some way to helping wider society get their heads around people who choose a mode of behaviour which puts them at greater health risk, and then having become positive, they become the transmitter to someone else. This is a form of behaviour that policy-makers and legislators around the world are increasingly concerned with, whilst jurists must grapple with the criminal law implications that arise from this increased policy focus.