The naked issue focuses on the important issue of sexual health. Studies over the past few years have consistently revealed that the number of STI infections in gay men are on the rise and many may not even know they have contracted an STI. In light of these recent surveys Attitude is helping to launch a new campaign with the National Aids Trust and Dr Christian Jessen to urge gay and bisexual men to get tested annual and also practice safe sex.
To promote the Naked issue and its sexual health campaign the openly gay rugby player Gareth Thomas has been picked to be Attitude’s cover star. Thomas poses naked for the front cover so newsagents will partially cover the edition. Thomas is one of the few openly gay sportsmen though in recent years there has been a rise in the number of professionals, in different sports, deciding to come out.
Earlier this year Thomas appeared in Celebrity Big Brother on Channel Five alongside other ‘celebrities’ such as Frankie Cocozza, Andrew Stone and Kirk Norcross. Thomas was the favourite to win the series but was beaten by Loose Women‘s Denise Welch who enjoyed a late surge in popularity with viewers.
Attitude’s Naked issue has become an annual event for the magazine and previous cover stars include Ben Adams and boy-band Blue.
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[Written by Ian Westhead]