Sep 15, 2013 5:38 AM GMT
CDC1 in 5 men who have sex with men in 21 U.S. cities has HIV; nearly half unaware.
1. Over the previous month I've noticed the HIV/AIDS sub-forum barely move a few inches. While HIV/AIDS is such a heavy cloud over our heads we carry on like it's a sunny day.
2. There's a few profiles I came across where the member listed they were HIV- and I knew for sure they were HIV+.
3. A week or so ago I bumped into a friend inside a clinic I volunteer at mainly used by patients with HIV. I didn't know his status before then and it shouldn't be that big of a surprise, but it reminded me even your healthy, good looking friends could be living with the virus and you could be oblivious about it.
4. I'm going to get pelted on, but is it time to downplay anal sex (recommend alternatives), scold guys for having numerous partners (shaming video stores, Grindr, etc), demand gay men date rather than hook-up and demand gay and bisexual men get tested regularly or else face shaming?
5. CDC estimates that the majority of new sexually transmitted infections are transmitted by individuals who are unaware of their infection, and studies show that once people learn they are HIV-infected, most take steps to protect their partners. Therefore, because undiagnosed infection likely plays a major role in HIV transmission, reaching younger MSM with regular HIV testing is critical.