Your Tax Dollars at Work – Paying for Online Gay Porn

Are there any grown men out there these days who are unaware of how HIV/AIDS is transmitted? I don’t know the answer to that question, but the folks in the federal government seems to think there are a few. So they’ve spent millions of dollars developing a pornographic website for gay men to spread awareness. I wish I was making this up.

The National Institutes of Health has spent millions of dollars over the past decade to fund the construction of an HIV-prevention website that, among other sexually explicit features, includes a graphic image of homosexual sex and a Space Invaders-style interactive game that uses a penis-shaped blaster to shoot down gay epithets.

The grant money went to a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota that created a site called Sexpulse. The goal was to draw in what are termed MISM — or “men who use the Internet to seek sex with men” — in order to educate them and ultimately reduce their risk of contracting HIV.

But the site used unorthodox methods to get subjects’ attention and keep them interested. The site includes pornographic images of homosexual sex as well as naked and scantily clad men. It includes several risqué interactive features, like the Space Invaders-style arcade game.

Via LD Jackson, who added:

This leads me to the question of the day. Why does the National Institutes of Health feel it is necessary to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to fund the research and development of a gay porn website that is loosely disguised as an education tool? Methinks it is another good example of the waste that is so rampant in our government. The development of the website in question began in 2005 and through 2015, the total funding by the NIH is expected to be $7 million. Why the first taxpayer dollar was ever provided to fund this website is beyond my ability to comprehend.

Nice, this started under a Republican administration.