Alarming statistics

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    Apr 14, 2015 12:05 AM GMT
    This is in "All Things Gay" because it is literally all of us.

    Saturday I was in a bar talking with friends, one Poz, one Neg and asked them what they knew about PrEP. Neither did! I was stunned. For me talking about HIV is just a part of conversation.

    So I asked two strangers at the next table (I'm open and NOT shy!) one did, the other kind of. So it was better than the gay national average, but this is Palm Springs!

    The Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a survey of gay and bisexual men in the U.S. focusing on attitudes, knowledge,
    and experiences with HIV/AIDS and new HIV therapies. The survey was conducted July 17-August 3, 2014 with a sample of 431 men who self-identified as either gay or bisexual.

    "While most gay and bisexual men know that antiretroviral medications (ARVs) are effective at helping people
    with HIV live longer (82 percent) and improving the health of people with HIV (77 percent), far fewer realize
    that they’re also effective in preventing the spread of HIV to sexual partners(36 percent) (otherwise known as
    “treatment as prevention” or TasP).

    Further, only a quarter (25 percent) of gay and bisexual men know that if someone with HIV is taking consistent ARV treatment, it significantly reduces the risk of passing on HIV to their sexual partners (about the same as the general public, 21 percent). A plurality (39 percent) believe that consistent ARV treatment does not reduce the risk of transmission, and over a third (36 percent) say they don’t know enough to answer

    In a more specific question that mentions both the term pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the brand name Truvada, just one in five say they have heard “a lot” (9 percent) or“a fair amount” (11 percent) about this new medication. One-quarter say they have heard “only a little” about PrEP, while over half (55 percent) say they’ve heard “nothing at all.” Just one in ten say they personally know someone who has taken PrEP for HIV prevention, including 5 percent who say they have taken the medication themselves."

    So I made a short Q&A

    1) Are antiretroviral medications (ARVs) effective at helping people with HIV live longer? Y/N/DNK

    2) Does ART improving the health of people with HIV? Y/N/DNK

    3) Is TasP effective in preventing the spread of HIV to sexual partners? Y/N/DNK

    4) Do you know about PrEP? Y/N/DNK

    5) Is there a medication that exists to reduce a person’s risk of contracting HIV? Y/N/DNK
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    Apr 14, 2015 2:18 AM GMT
    Not that such information is on a need to know basis but I'd think in order to quantify as alarming the significance of any lack of dissemination ought to be qualified by who's most directly affected such that those stats might also reflect guys who don't get into anal sex but just the less risky oral sex (and not that there might still be a need to know but doesn't that need then seem less pressing) or guys into only frottage and other very safer sexual behavior or those in monogamous, negative relationships or single guys non-promiscuous or, as seen on RJ, the elusive virgins.

    Combined, that might drop your stats precipitously on who knows who has the most pressing need to know. I'd not know a lot of this hadn't I read some of your posts here plus other stuff I've caught here and there, both because I've never gotten into anal sex and I've already lost all of my friends who had become positive. So I'm not as engaged as some and more removed than I once was. I lost the last guy about ten years ago I guess and then of course there were too many in the 80s & 90s. So back then, had we this, I'd have known. Now? Maybe not so much.

    Aside from that, I'm not sure the information is being presented perfectly palatably, particularly regarding all the acronyms and initialisms. I personally find some of that to be annoying as fuck and especially I did back when I was in the corporate world. That code was everywhere and got to the point of being so prevalent that I'd just glaze over. Why would I endeavor to learn all the monograms du jour that will be out of fashion or replaced with others tomorrow. Words are lasting, initials are for towels.

    So if you are going to use them--and I don't see that being avoided in the land of tweets--I think you'd help your cause by identifying them in full at least once in the beginning of any post utilizing them--certainly of the thread (and maybe even every so often as reminder or for someone coming in midstream) --and then subsequent references can use the initials which have already been identified for the reader. Otherwise I think you risk losing some audience.