Zachary Quinto believes the gay community has become lazy and complacent about AIDS

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    Nov 13, 2014 12:13 AM GMT

    I want to know your thoughts. Is he right? Or does he need to STFU?

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    Nov 13, 2014 1:04 AM GMT
    I think some people have become complacent about AIDS.

    Others haven't.
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    Nov 13, 2014 7:57 AM GMT
    No I'd say he's about right.
    It's the reason why it's on the rise.
    Some people don't seem to really grasp that prevention is better than cure/treatment.
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    Nov 13, 2014 8:16 AM GMT
    He is correct. There are meds so people aren't dying left and right, BUT it is a virus and can mutate. Also many men tend to minimize having HIV and that it's not a big deal. It is in terms of insurance costs and increased medical visits, and overall health. Also in turn we all pay for it financially and as a community. Educate, protect yourself and think with your head, the larger one.icon_idea.gif
    I think it's the same for cigs now I see young people smoking more than ever yet we know the negative health benefits.
    We are lending ourselves to see laziness and a lack of good judgement as the norm instead of asking more for ourselves and for the next generation.

    Side note, gay marriage is legal in 33 states now. Nice job Kansas.
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    Nov 13, 2014 10:15 PM GMT

    *remembering how many gays abused antibiotics back in the 70s so they could go crazy at the baths*

    In some aspects, yes I think he's right.
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    Nov 13, 2014 10:32 PM GMT
    I can only agree with him in the sense that yes there is complacency, but not because of PrEP. He apparently has not read the original research about PrEP nor has he read the research on the main modality of HIV transmission.

    For instance, he claims that PrEP is going to encourage individuals to begin barebacking without regard, however, in one study performed it was noted that among the participants they wanted to have "condomless sex" (I am just going to insert bareback) because of the desire for intimacy, and they were going to do it anyway regardless if PrEP was known or not, but if PrEP was offered they would take it. This is an important idea because most individuals who bareback after starting PrEP were most likely already barebacking to begin with and they have taken the extra precaution (I do not know why an individual would be against added protection). To help my point, there was another study performed that demonstrated there was no statistically significant increase in risky behavior after starting PrEP.

    Next, the article has this idea that most HIV infections occur from guys having recreational sex when rather it was shown 68 % of new HIV infections occur from main sex partners (aka. boyfriend).

    Lastly, for many doubters about PrEP and the claim of drug resistance, it is not a common occurrence for this unless the individual is newly HIV positive when beginning PrEP, which can trigger resistance mechanisms.

    While HIV/AIDS is still a problem in our world, it is not the death sentence it once was. A bigger problem he should concern himself with is diabetes.

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  • SuntoryTime

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    Nov 14, 2014 10:08 PM GMT
    Judging by my experience alone - many guys were complacent before PrEP went mainstream. During my whore stage (18-24), a lot of guys wouldn't mention condoms upon hooking up. It would just be this silent consent kind of thing. There were even a lot of times when the guy would ask me if I was clean in the middle of fucking with a condom. I would answer yes and they would offer to have unsafe sex. I would say I was uncomfortable with that and then we'd get back to it. I realized this couldn't be an isolated incident. This scenario is probably happening around the clock around the country, if not the world. Be careful guys. Don't let momentary stupidity hit you in situations like that. No matter how much you want to feel the intimacy and pleasure unsafe sex provides. If you're going to having unsafe sex, be as smart and selective about it as you can.

    And I think PrEP is a great thing. Sure, there's gonna be a few guys out there that'll use it to fuck unprotected with 5 guys a per day. So what? There are plenty of other men including maybe yourself that will be smarter about it. What about all the other freedoms that are abused. Should we just get rid of them all?
  • 1AlanZSky

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    Dec 27, 2014 5:46 PM GMT
    I agree with him
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 27, 2014 5:48 PM GMT

    He is 100% correct. The infection rates are back on the rise in many locations. This is not good.
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 27, 2014 6:07 PM GMT
    You could argue that the straight community is lazy and complacent about abortions, but it's not really anyone's business to dictate what people do with their bodies.

    If you're that worried about it, find one person you can trust and stick with him.
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    Dec 27, 2014 6:46 PM GMT
    Nobody wants to know the brutal truth and the truth always hurt.
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    Dec 27, 2014 6:49 PM GMT
    Cooper87 saidNobody wants to know the brutal truth and the truth always hurt.

    The stats aren't true for everyone though. The gay community includes many people who have virtually zero risk of contracting an STI.
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    Dec 28, 2014 2:37 PM GMT
    From what I've read and heard, syphilis is the STD that's most on the rise, now. ~6 cases / 100,000 people (sexually active or no) in the US in 2013, when it used to be only 2 / 100,000 back before 2000. Over 90% of new cases are in men, mostly gay or bisexual. We had come closer to essentially wiping it out than pretty much any bacterial disease we've fought so far. Not only that, but doctors are seeing very drug-resistant strains.

    An increase in syphilis infections can, of course, lead to increased rates of HIV infection, so perhaps there is a correlation there. While syphilis is rarely fatal on its own these days, treponema pallidum can and will establish itself in the human microbiome and persist in a body for decades, conferring a vulnerability to other STD's so long as the infection remains.