Did you know that Orlando, FL currently rates #1 in the NATION in new HIV infections?

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    Aug 08, 2015 7:19 PM GMT
    Hello, fellas! Was hoping some of you could help us down here in Central Florida!

    The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida is the largest HIV Tester in the State of Florida doing almost 500 tests per month and are getting 1 to 2 new infections each day, mainly in our younger generation (most recently we have had two 14 year olds, a 19 year old and a 21 year old test reactive, males and females, and they just keep coming).

    I am currently raising that will help create a targeted prevention campaign, including billboards, and outreach, to this specific younger demographic. HIV/AIDS is still here, people are still being infected and dying at an alarming rate and we are at the epicenter here in Orlando. You are doing an incredible thing by helping to raise funds that will hopefully help!

    Please donate here at:

    http://www.crowdrise.com/byronjaymeson/fundraiser/jaymesonmetz

    Thank you! Cheers. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Aug 08, 2015 8:32 PM GMT
    Why is Florida so high?

    San Francisco is down to 302 new cases last year, and they expect to reach ZERO by 2020 by following the 90 90 90 plan.

    NYC is down.

    DC is down.

    Vancouver is down.

    Boston is down.

    What do they all have in common? TasP and PrEP. In SF they fast track new Positives to antiviral therapy THAT DAY, right now.

    So what is the "prevention campaign, including billboards, and outreach, to this specific younger demographic."?

    Is it to assert that, as Art Deco said (he is a fellow Floridian in Ft Lauderdale) in his anti-Undetectable tirade? :

    "So all this BS about sex being safe with an undetectable poz guy is just medical talk dealing with controlled conditions. That has no application, bearing or relevance to the real world situations in which you & I actually operate. And such basic medical research shouldn't be misinterpreted to be providing guidance as to how gay men should behave sexually with each other."

    Will the campaign address the community benefits of TasP?
    "Not only will this improve living with HIV, but it will also reduce transmission globally. Within any community, for every 1 percent increase in starting positive individuals on HIV treatment, there is a 1.7 percent decline in HIV acquisition."

    http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72620

    In Miami they've blamed it on heroin. In another county they said the increases were due to more testing.

    Before I contribute I want to know what the message is. If it's just another "abstinence or condoms only" it will be another Florida failure.

    The 13-24 demographic, especially MSM of color, are the least likely to be on PrEP or on ART. And they have the largest increases anywhere.

    In Austin Texas they have free PrEP for those who need and can't afford it.
    "Ben Walker, executive director of the clinic, says, “This is the newest thing we have to prevent HIV and we know it’s extremely effective. And extremely expensive.” The PrEP Clinic operates with all volunteers and on private donations, open to the public on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Their latest drug is turning heads. Asked if it is a magic bullet, David Ward, a care practitioner at the clinic replies, “It certainly can be, it’s an important tool. Our goal with this clinic is to obsolete ourselves in the next ten years, we want to see a Central Texas free of HIV infection.”
    http://kxan.com/2015/07/12/new-austin-clinic-offers-hiv-prevention-drug-free/
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    Aug 08, 2015 11:53 PM GMT
    I think this is the first time I've ever seen Orlando rank #1 in anything.
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    Aug 08, 2015 11:54 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI think this is the first time I've ever seen Orlando rank #1 in anything.


    They ran #1 in Mickey Mouse impersonators...
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    Aug 09, 2015 1:19 AM GMT
    Chulo said
    paulflexes saidI think this is the first time I've ever seen Orlando rank #1 in anything.


    They ran #1 in Mickey Mouse impersonators...
    mickey_mouse_by_garrett_btm.jpg
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    Aug 20, 2015 2:18 PM GMT
    timmm55 saidSo what is the "prevention campaign, including billboards, and outreach, to this specific younger demographic."?


    This is the information I received back:

    "The campaign would be more geared to the younger demographic since they are that is the segment here in Orlando which is making up a major portion of the 47% increase in HIV infections.

    The prevention campaign that we are raising funds for, not just through this event, but with others, would consist of both Protection and PrEP billboards/flyer cards/posters/giveaways and informational informal public events so that individuals could speak with Doctors and those already on PrEP in a one on one setting."

    The last time I was tested there, they had brought up PreP to me. So to my knowledge, they aren't just preaching abstinence. They are a very good non-profit organization and have been growing and growing and do a lot of work for our Central Florida community.

    And @MuchMoreThanMuscle, yes it is icon_sad.gif

    I'm halfway to my goal and every dollar counts. I know there are many places you can put your money. But please, save The Mouse! Haha. ;)

    https://www.crowdrise.com/byronjaymeson/fundraiser/jaymesonmetz
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    Aug 20, 2015 2:21 PM GMT
    P.S. I've been doing these stupid rap videos about the fundraiser, HIV/AIDS and Central Florida. With the hashtags #WrapItUp #RapItUp ...so silly, enjoy ;P