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Gay, lesbian and bisexual expert
Hi KE and thanks for posting. Yes, BB stands for 'bareback', and refers to unprotected anal sex. Which means very high risk sex because semen in the rectum poses a very high risk for HIV transmission due to the high viral concentration in that body fluid.
BB is a common practice, for several complex reasons. One is an increasingly prevalent fetish related to semen, another is 'condom fatigue' (guys getting bored with having to use condoms every time they have sex) and another is that some guys simply don't care.
Use of recreational substances such as alcohol, dope, poppers and crystal meth result in disinhibition and bb sex.
Be wary of engaging in bb sex with anyone, even guys you may know well and guys who claim to be HIV negative: most gay men don't REALLY know their HIV status, and most new infections occur from someone who has been newly infected and may not even know himself that he's positive.
This is because the concentration of the virus in the body increases sharply soon after infection, before it settles down and then slowly increases again over time.
I must thank Lonewolf, Deeve and Gareth for your consistent and impressive responses on the forum. In fact I think you guys kept the forum going while I was away. Please keep those responses coming!
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