AIDS/HIV in the gay community. Do you think this is still a problem?

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    May 01, 2008 1:51 AM GMT
    I have concerns about AIDS/HIV in our community. This has hit close to home. What are your experiences?icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 01, 2008 5:34 PM GMT
    Hello gentlemen,

    It would be nice if you would respond to the forum I posted. Just Because you don't share doesn't mean the problem will go away.
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    May 01, 2008 6:08 PM GMT
    no, i don't think it's a problem. i think it's a catastrophe.

    the entire disease has been completely mismanaged by the powers that be. no amount of bitching will fix this though - there are millions of people doing good work, and with time hopefully attitudes will adjust until everyone takes it as seriously as we should. i have had so many shortcomings in this regard, but i'm doing better with it.

    i personally, several months ago, came under severe attack on the forums when i started a thread about the reasons people choose to have unsafe sex. i wasn't necessarily advocating for unsafe sex, i simply wanted to talk about WHY people continue to do it despite the risks and consequences. at least 2 members got banned from the site in the ensuing chaos that fell out from that.

    i think the flame war that thread started is indicative of exactly how problematic hiv/aids still is, even at a conversational level. how can it be treated properly when people can't even talk about it with civility?

    as an update, for those who remember that thread - i admitted on that thread that i did not consistently use condoms up to that point. as a result of the "conversation" i realized ways of making condoms less horrible to myself. i've had full-on sex only once since that forum, but it was in fact with a condom.

    so. realjock convos CAN make a difference.
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    May 01, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
    alot of straight guys/girls see condoms as preventative towards pregnancy. so if kids learn about condoms in that way during highschool or in their societal norms, then once they start having sex with guys it's possible they along the lines that they can't knock a guy up. it's by far not the only issue. i know that because AIDS hit close to my family it scares the shit out of me and therefore, my/his tool's gonna be wrapped up.
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    May 01, 2008 7:08 PM GMT
    MY experience with the posssible spread of HIV/AIDS is that I know a guy in RJ very hot probally on 150 hot guys list. He likes Bare back sex, and he hs told me he has one more than one occasion started with a rubber and on purpose left it inside a guy as a "TOY SURPRISE". If the CDC does a new study he might be Patient 1!!!

    We, as a community, and if we think as a community, we can stop this or at least slow it down. AIDS/HIV is no longer the death sentence is was in the early 1980's , it is more akin to being a Diabetic A life long illness that will cut short the over all life and at the end, the Quality of that life. Ask anybody who has Type 2 if they could have prevented it would they have taken action. I think that should be the goal 0 or low digit new infections.

    If you are asking NO I have never done it with him. Not his type Praise the Lord!!!!!

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    May 01, 2008 7:23 PM GMT
    I'm actually amazed that prevention efforts seem to be moving backwards. After years of progress, people may be feeling eurphoric and are still having unprotected sex. Other STD's are also making a comeback after years of suppression.
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    May 01, 2008 7:27 PM GMT
    Twincam saidI'm actually amazed that prevention efforts seem to be moving backwards.


    I did some research in an education class I took years ago. It was a survey of sex ed texts for secondary students from the 1950's through today. The abstinence only stuff of the Clinton/Bush years more resembles sex ed in the 50's than it does the 80's. Sure, 1 in 4 teenage girls may have an STD, but at least we can be morally smug... *grrr*
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    May 02, 2008 10:14 AM GMT
    Yes.
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    May 02, 2008 2:47 PM GMT
    Hell yeah it's still a threat!
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    May 06, 2008 11:33 AM GMT
    Well the fact that someone posted this forum topic makes me realize we may be in worse shape then I thought.

    I am HIV+, and in 40 minutes I go to a doctor's appointment where I get to contribute up to 14 vials of blood! I could have sworn on the voice mail the researcher said to bring anti-nausea medication but maybe that was my imagination.

    Simple answer, still a problem and not getting better but getting worse in the gay community in Canada at least.

    Update:

    Just came back from the Doctors. Still a bit woozy from having 12? vials of blood taken from me! For those who think that HIV is all about AIDS you should be reminded of the following.

    Non life threatening health issues;

    - low sex drive in some HIV men;
    - depression.

    Life threatening health issues:

    - higher risk of heart attack (HIV causes inflammation of the muscles, including the heart);

    - higher risk of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (potentially fatal cancer). This risk has not decreased much even with the new drugs. So you could have an undetectable viral load and have no risk of developing AIDS, but still die early due to cancer. That is a bummer.
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    May 06, 2008 7:50 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidI know of a buddy who got it from having anal sex. He's on the necessary drugs to hopefully cure it but it's affecting his life badly.


    First there isnt a "cure" for Hep like there is no cure for HIV/AIDS cancer or even MRSA. The treatment for Hep C is an antiviral pill and interferon, this treatment brings the viral load down and then its up to your bodies immune system to deal with it by creating T Cells.

    Scientists are planning to use T Cells injected with HIV next, with human phase testing beginning later this year with 2000 or so HIV- volunteers.(not that I would volunteer to be injected with HIV in any form). The theory is that it will super boost the human immune system to combat HIV.

    I'm also like dancerjack and in all honesty probably like everyone else in the fact there have been instances in which I didnt use a condom.

    I do find that there is a disturbing and grow number of unsafe sexual practice among the younger gay crowd. I have also seen an increased number of profiles of people in the age range of 18-22 the specifically state their desire for bareback only. Problem? No. Crisis? Yes!

    I believe this is attributed to people being lead to believe its manageable or maybe maybe they just don't care. Course there are a growing number of other STDs out there as well so I think its along the lines of people not caring or becoming desensitized to the whole issue.

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    May 14, 2008 4:34 AM GMT
    I just found out a friend of mine has AIDS. It's still a problem.

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    May 23, 2008 11:09 AM GMT
    This ought to PEP you up; http://www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/2008/05/the-hiv-morning-after-pill.html

    It's better than nothing. I understand that it may not be available in most states and that it will make you seriously ill for awhile. I thought I would put out there though.

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    Jun 03, 2008 8:46 AM GMT
    It's still massive problem. Especially in the 16-25 age group. A lot of youth are under the impression that HIV isn't that bad any more because of new medications and treatments. Its still bad, the meds can fuck up up your body, regimens are more severe. AIDS meds are a form of poison that keeps you alive longer. Safer Sex is the best and hottest sex.

    There is also the myth that HIV and AIDS are the same thing they are not. They are very separate. HIV is the disease and AIDS is what occurs when your immune system fails as a result of HIV. There are different types of HIV and you can be infected by more than one strain. Few people actually die from AIDS, they die from a disease their body couldn't fight off because of AIDS.

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