Nhlakz saidIts more about making personal choices....despite sexual prefrence..hiv/aids is not going anywere ppl just need to buckle up and wear a condom..and not engage in risky sexual conducts
So that's the solution? Stick with 90s jargon? Ignore that young black men are the least likely to be on PrEP or TasP?
And the most likely to die from AIDS, still? In 2015?
i live in a country with the highest number of hiv positive people in the world..and the new infections of black gay men are growing at an alarming rate.....there r ppl who've been practicing safe sex(using a condom)since their youth and are still fine..if we ignore the importance of condoms..then we are doomed to live with the virus..
In south africa,alcohol and drug use are to blame for the ever growing hiv rate..i think we both know that a lot of gay men dont know their hiv status.
According to the latest 2014 UNAIDS report, which was based on the 2012 South African National HIV
Prevalence, Incidence & Behavior Survey, there were between 6.3 and 6.4 million HIV infected people in
South Africa. Although the number of new infections appears to have declined in the past 5 years, 370,000
new infections were still estimated to occur in 2013
No one is saying "ignore the importance of condoms" but any ONE strategy is inadequate. "Safe sex" isn't just condoms.
There are now at least five strategies that reasonably constitute ‘safe sex’, provided that certain parameters are met.
1.The use of Condoms during casual encounters between men of unknown or discordant serostatus.
2.HIV negative men taking effective pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
3.Men living with HIV who only have sex without condoms when they have a sustained undetectable viral load (UVL) and in the absence of sexually transmissible infections (STIs).
4.Effective use of serosorting between HIV positive men.
5.Effective negotiated safety agreements.
thats the stats among hetro since they there large population who r living with the virus...with more men engaging in m2m sex..the stats r very sad and my hetro friends once made a comment late last year which i was offended by..their words were"most gay men dont care about their lives and r sickening one another while at it.".....in some part of africa there less education about healthy /safe sex education for men who engage in m2m sex hence the growing number of new infections....so thats y i believe that people shuold just protect themselves at all time and get tested regularly..its only fair and for our own good at the end of the day.
"most gay men dont care about their lives and r sickening one another while at it."
That's very offensive and not true.
2010 Indiana University National Sex Study reported that African Americans were more likely than other groups to use condoms. In fact, rates of condom use among Black teenagers were the highest of any group.http://www.thebody.com/content/75712/the-unending-paradox-why-are-hiv-rates-higher-in-b.html
Yet, Young, black MSM are severely affected and now account for more new infections in the United States (4,800 in 2010) than any other subgroup by race/ethnicity, age, and sex.http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/CDC-MSM-508.pdf
We've seen plenty of Mistrust (see thebody.com above)
"Mistrust of medical institutions by African Americans is well established. Many subscribe to HIV conspiracy theories and believe that HIV treatment is more toxic than the virus. .... This distrust underlines the need for every person to have access to safe and nonjudgmental HIV services."
It's fairly simple to me: it's the pool. Even though condom use is slightly higher, PrEP and TasP use is much lower.
Condom use among the general population (US) is around 20%. The HIV pool is very small.
Condom use among MSM is 43% (44% for black MSM). Over twice the national average.
The HIV pool of Hetero sex is very small (US).
The HIV pool of MSM is large.
The HIV pool of black MSM is HUGE.
DC has made great strides: How Washington DC Cut Its Epidemic-Level HIV Rate by 40 Percenthttps://news.vice.com/article/how-washington-dc-cut-its-epidemic-level-hiv-rate-by-40-percent
But it is only one city. Other than Boston, NYC and some west coast cities, Black MSM HIV rates are still going up, especially in the south.