LifeLube: Back to the beginning in the HIV fight

May 18 3 Comments Category: Blogs, Health

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We need to re-ring the alarm about HIV transmission among gay and bisexual men.

In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released statistics showing significant disparities between rates of HIV and syphilis infection among men who have sex with men and the rest of the US population.

Men who have sex with men are 44 times more likely to contract HIV than other men and 40 times more likely to contract HIV than women. They are 46 times more likely to contract syphilis than other men and 71 times more likely than women.

After miracle breakthroughs in treatment and two decades worth of increasingly sophisticated understanding about sexually transmitted diseases, how did we end up back at the beginning with gay and bisexual men so vulnerable to infection?

We’re here because we’ve watered down prevention messages. Explicit public campaigns about how to stay safe have been replaced with simplistic messages about condoms. If we have learned anything about preventing HIV transmission among gay and bisexual men in the last 25 year we’ve learned this: it’s not about condoms; it’s about dignity. As long as men who have sex with men are at a higher risk for mental illness, trauma, and substance abuse — which they are thanks in large part to the stigma attached to being gay or engaging in gay sex — they are going to be more likely to engage in risky behavior.

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  1. buenos dias e leido con mucha atencion este texto y me parecio de mucha importamcia gracias por preocuparcen por nosotros

    juanito 19 May 2010 at %I:%M %p Permalink
  2. Bravo…now if our public health officials are paying attention and our Aids orgs act accordingly we might have some chance at reducing the significant impact HIV is having on those most affected

    anon 19 May 2010 at %I:%M %p Permalink
  3. My opinion on the subject is that we have lost the fear of HIV, and that it will kill to advance medicines and reaserch, now we take a pills for it. Preventative outreach must be focus on Bisexual men and Gays men who are HIV- and think that they can have sex Raw/Babeback because they are not infected. This is were the problem is. Many of us are doing it and not fearing the consequences of unprotected sex. Just because you are HIV- at the moment you are having sex does not mean that you are disease free. I beg you all to please use condoms regarless if you are HIV- or NOt. There are alot of HIV+ guys out there that allows the partner to go raw and not use a condom because they are HIV-Those who are HIV+ will give those partners the virus if they choose to go raw. so please lets stop the Madness.and take responsibility for our actions.

    tightend4u 20 May 2010 at %I:%M %p Permalink

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