Talking about HIV will help, so get tested

  • Paperless_Pen

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    Jun 08, 2014 7:09 PM GMT
    An HIV-positive teenager has today called for lessons about the virus to become compulsory in all schools, claiming he learned nothing of it in sex eduction classes.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/panti-calls-on-gay-and-bisexual-men-to-get-hiv-tests-1.1820260

    "Entertainer and gay rights activist Rory O’Neill (Panti Bliss) has called on gay and bisexual men in Ireland to get tested or re-tested for HIV, stressing the advantage of knowing your HIV status. Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has welcomed the new online clinic map, saying that information about free tests in Ireland had never been simpler or more efficient. “As a society, we cannot afford to let an increase in incidence rates of HIV diagnoses to continue,” said Mr Buttimer. “HIV is a preventable disease and the most effective way to reduce HIV in Ireland is for anyone who is sexually active to get tested.”"

    "According to new research carried out by Janssen, 83 per cent of gay and bisexual men in Ireland consider their risk of contracting HIV as unlikely or very unlikely. Researchers found that 70 per cent of sexually active gay and bisexual men have had unprotected sex, with almost one in ten saying they always have unprotected anal sex."

    Mr Alexander, who was around 13 when he came out as being gay, said he became sexually active at the age of 15.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2635211/Teenager-diagnosed-HIV-18-claims-learned-dangers-unprotected-sex-school-prompting-calls-lessons-compulsory.html
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    Jun 11, 2014 8:15 PM GMT
    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/824956

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