In the 80s, as the world fell shocked by the HIV/AIDS crisis, the term "safe sex" became synonymous with the use of condoms. But masturbation was touted as the one sure bet. It's the singular way to enjoy release without the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease of any type.
Particularly where one may have HIV/AIDS and wanted to ensure he didn't infect anyone else.
This brought the birth of Jack Off Clubs. The Granddaddy of them all is the New York Jacks. The idea spread and there are groups in pretty much every major metropolis. The ideal place for guys to play together without the risk of infection.
That the membership in these groups spread into the straight community wasn't far behind shouldn't be a surprise. Straight dudes, who enjoy the exhibitionism or voyeurism of masturbating with like-minded guys, found them to be a great solution. The semi-public setting ensured the fun of it without the risk of arrest. Still others found this a terrific way to again experience the youthful circle-jerks they found so enjoyable.
Recently, researchers from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine announced they've come one step closer to a cure for HIV. They've managed to eliminate infected human tissue planted in mice.
"The next stage would be to repeat the study in primates, a more suitable animal model where HIV infection induces disease, in order to further demonstrate the elimination of HIV-1 DNA. Here, we demonstrate the feasibility and efficiency of excising the HIV-1 provirus in three different animal models,” reported the researchers.“To our knowledge, this study is the first to demonstrate the effective excision of HIV-1 proviral DNA from the host genome in pre-clinical animal models [using this method]."
They hope to begin a clinical trial by 2020. That's fantastic news, but most likely won't lower participation in group stroking, and there's no reason it should. It still offers a great sense of camaraderie, of belonging, of brotherhood.
Have you, or would you, join in a group experience?