Does TV have a responsibility to show only safe gay sex?

Published: December 5, 2014

CNN
LZ Granderson
Original Article:  cnn.it/1zwGkEb

That’s how long it was from the moment Connor Walsh walked into the copy room to when Pax Curtis dropped his pants. In between, the two chatted about illegal stock trading and working long hours, but fans of the hit ABC legal drama "How to Get Away With Murder" were not really tweeting about that.

Anytime-anywhere sex scenes are part of the show’s DNA, so the over-the-top scenario in the copy room was par for the course. Particularly for young Connor, a handsome law student, who in a later episode scored in a courthouse restroom with a guy he had forgotten he had sex with months earlier.

As you can imagine, Connor flashes a great smile and a lot of flesh.

He does not, however, ever flash a condom.

And here, ladies and gentlemen, is where the conversation gets a bit uncomfortable. For as much as the network show is somewhat revolutionary for its willingness to showcase same-sex lovemaking, there is a question of how responsible that portrayal is.

This week, we observed World AIDS Day, and we are reminded that in 2014 the virus may be manageable, but it isn’t cured. It still kills. There are 35 million living with HIV the world over, and 19 million don’t know it. And in the United States, men who have sex with men make up 63% of all new infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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