Some American educators believe that Canadian "HIV transmission experts"
went too far in revising safe-sex guidelines for community-based AIDS
organizations. The educators are particularly concerned by guidelines
listing oral sex with ejaculation as less than a "high risk" activity.
The Canadian AIDS Society requested the revised guidelines becAUse
existing guides were not uniform or were obsolete. Leslie Wagman of AIDS
Vancouver defended the new guidelines, which list only intercourse
without a condom and the sharing of unsterilized sex toys as high risk.
According to Wagman, "Individuals whose most risking activity is giving
blow jobs simply are not seroconverting." David Winters of the Gay Men's
Health Crisis in New York agreed that oral sex is less of a risk than
anal or vaginal sex, but called the changes "too liberal." Chuck Frutchey
of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, however, said that controlling the
epidemic requires controlling sex without condoms and needle sharing. He
said, "They're correct in saying oral sex is probably a low-risk