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My Safe Sex Writing 1982–2010

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“WE KNOW WHO WE ARE: Two Gay Men Declare War on Promiscuity,” co-authored with Michael Callen (and Richard Dworkin), New York Native, November 8—21, 1982.  It was also published by: Mom…Guess What? (Sacramento, Ca) February 1983, issues#51–#52, and the Gay Press Association Wire Service.

“Christopher Street People: Dr. Joseph Sonnabend,” Christopher Street. Issue #68, December, 1982.

“A Warning to Gay Men with AIDS,” Dr. Sonnabend, Michael Callen and I published this piece as a paid-for advertisement after it was rejected as too “controversial” by the New York Native [ Nov. 22 – Dec. 5, 1982.]  It obviously touched a chord: San Francisco’s Bay Area Reporter and Health & Pleasure Times reprinted it for free.

“Offense and Defense,” My frantic “Letter to the Editor” in response to the first AIDS cover story in the Village Voice, December, 1982.

“When the Epidemic Hits Home: A Couple of Gay Guys Sitting Around Talking about AIDS,” New York Native, December 20, 1982—January 2, 1983.

Unpublished response to multiple magazine/ newspaper articles attacking what Callen and I wrote in “We Know Who We Are,” 14 pages, February 1983.


HOW TO HAVE SEX IN AN EPIDEMIC: One Approach (with Michael Callen), our landmark, self-published 40-page booklet, May 1983, written under the scientific supervision of Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, with editorial assistance by Richard Dworkin.


“The Denver Principles,” an historic manifesto co-written with 10 other gay men with AIDS (pictured) which established the PWA self-empowerment movement, June 1983.

“Special Report on AIDS: The End of Promiscuity?” Two Gay Men with AIDS Talk About AIDS and Promiscuity,” First Hand, August, 1983.

“My speech to the 1st National AIDS Vigil, Washington, D.C., published in Gay Community News, Oct 29, 1983; excerpted in Washington Blade, Oct. 14, 1983.

Me & Michael @ 1st Nat. AIDS Vigil, 1983, D.C.

“Staying Alive in the Year of the Plague,” Mandate, November 1983.

“AIDS: One Man’s Odyssey,” The Sourcebook on Lesbian/Gay Health Care, a handbook for the First International Lesbian and Gay Health Conference, June 16-19, 1984.

“How to Have Safe Sex in a Bathhouse.” Florida presentation commissioned by Jack Campbell, CEO & Founder of the Club Bath Chain (CBC), Feb. 1985, with ads & press.

“Safe Sex is a Learned Behavior,” The Weekly News (Miami), February 27, 1985.

OUCH! NYC gay activists were outraged by efforts in 1985 to shut gay bathhouses— but not one would talk to the press about going.  Callen called me and said, “Its either you—or no one.”  I knew the risk but  I was mortified by this “Op-ed” personal attack:

Various obituaries, PWA Coalition Newsline, 1987—1989. (Confidentiality)

“Safe Sex Makes a Comeback,” QW, May 17, 1992.

“Still Kicking After All These Years: Memoirs of a Long-term Survivor,” QW, May 17, 1992.

“Because I am a Woman: Since 1982, AIDS Pioneer Joyce Wallace, MD Has Tended to Sex Workers, S/M Practitioners and New York City’s Unwanted,” QW, September 20, 1992.


“The Truth Sucks,” A Gay Man Explores the Real Risks for AIDS,” New York Press cover story, June 2-8, 1993.

“Shelves of Life,” New York Press Best of Manhattan Special Issue, Best Gay Bookstore, Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop, September 15-21, 1993.

David Dinkins “Letter to the Editor,” New York Newsday, Nov. 1993


“Truth Be Told: AIDS Activist Michael Callen was a Brutally Honest Prophet,” Boston Phoenix, January 7-13, 1984.

Series of safe sex articles published in SISSY, a South Beach ‘zine for sexually active gay men distributed at bars, discos and sex clubs, 1995.  (X-rated, coming soon.)

“AIDS: Return of the Sex Police,” SPIN magazine, Vol. 11, No. 11, February 1996.


“The Co-factor Factor: A New Strain of Herpes is being Touted as the Missing Link Between HIV and AIDS,” SPIN magazine, Vol. 11. No. 12, March 1996.

“A Brief History of AIDS Dogma,” unpublished think piece attacking the notion that everyone is at risk for AIDS, August, 1996. (Coming soon.)

“The Birth of Safe Sex,” POZ magazine, No. 18, November 1996.

“The Way We War: A Tale of Two Cities, 11 Sluts and One Trick Question,” POZ magazine, No. 21, February, 1997.

“The Tragic Death of Robert Gould, MD: How a Straight Man who Became a Lesbian Hero was Destroyed by AIDS Activists a Generation Later.  Unpublished, 1997.

“The Great Sex Debate: The Inventors of Safe Sex Weigh In,” co-authored with Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, POZ magazine, No. 25, June 1997.

“The Great Sex Debate: Before the Revolution,” POZ magazine, No. 25, June 1997.

“The Original Safe Sex Slut’s Guide to Healthy Living,” San Francisco Bay Times, June 26, 1997.  Winner: Best Health Article, Vice Versa Award, protested by one of the judges. (This article will be continued in an X-rated section.)

“When do HIV-exposed Individuals Seroconvert?” co-authored with Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, unpublished, June 1997.

“Safer Sex Panic,” co-authored with Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, Sex Panic!, November, 1997.


Series of six graphic, illustrated safe sex articles published on-line at (X-rated.)

“Timeline of Dr. Joseph Sonnabend’s Contributions to AIDS” July 1998, POZ magazine.

“Heterosexual Men and AIDS: Uncovering Fraud at the NYC Health Department,” co-authored with Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, solicited/rejected for publication by GEAR magazine, 1999.   Published on Dr. Sonnabend’s POZ blog with an update:


Stayin’ Alive: The Invention of Safe Sex, Westview Press, June 2003.


“The Other Epidemic: Gay Suicide Rates are Higher than Most, but Who’s Counting?” New York Press, May 25, 2005.

“Safe Sex: How I Started in the Fight Against AIDS,” First Post (London), October 24, 2008.,news-comment,news-politics,how-i-turned-gay-men-on-to-perils-of-promiscuity-richard-berkowitz


“Foreword: It’s Never Too Late for Safe Sex,” 2nd edition of Stayin Alive: The Invention of Safe Sex, June 2008. This illustrated paperback version was made possible by a grant from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS & Tom Viola.


(Coming soon): Foreword: Safe Sex Positive,” Alyson Books (3rd) edition of Stayin’ Alive, retitled Sex Positive: A Frontlines Memoir of the Battle Over Safe Sex. December 1, 2009 release date postponed.  I’m currently seeking a publisher.


“Speech to Rutgers University Gay Fraternity, Delta Lambda Phi, April 20, 2010.”

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