STUDY: 5 Ways To Lower the High HIV Rates Of Gay and Bi Men
This week an HIV report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave us some bad news - HIV infections among young gay and bisexual men rose 22 percent between 2008 and 2010.
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#1 Dec 22, 2012
The real issue for today is that AIDS is no longer a death sentence so the real fear is taken away. Plus you have guys who have lived with HIV or AIDS for quite some time (I have a friend who was diagnosed with AIDS in 85)and many of their vial loads are undetectable. Plus let's face some facts many if not most gay men are promiscuous and sex with another without any kind of commitment or connection is no big deal. So you can have as much sex as you like with whomever especially in these days of hook up sites, just come on over. And with that is that many times alcohol and sometimes drugs are consumed lowering the cares and concerns of who you are with.
If people honestly want to address it, then it needs to come from the porn industry as well as all the hook up sites, bars, with tv and radio ads as well. That all costs money and with all the barebacking porn out there that is making millions I doubt the porn industry will honestly deal with this.
And another thing to consider is the issue of honesty, values, and morals. If someone does not have these then you can not expect change to occur. For people get defensive and tell others that it is none of their business who they sleep with or what they do. So bottom line is that it really comes down to each and every person and how they view life and the lives of others.
Since: Mar 09
#2 Dec 22, 2012
1) Safer sex
2) Don't use or share needles
We could wipe this bug from the face of the Earth in ONE generation.
“Together for 24, legal for 5”
Since: Sep 07
#3 Dec 22, 2012
These all sound like great ideas, and every one of them should be implemented. Unfortunately, same-sex couples will be marrying in the Sistine Chapel before some of these ideas are accepted by social conservatives.
They also managed to leave out what is possibly the most important step: Regular testing for HIV and comprehensive treatment commencing immediately after a positive result.
Statistics continue to show, year after year, that 20-30% of HIV+ individuals are unaware of their status. These people obviously are not being treated, and they will probably continue the same careless sex practices that contributed to their positive status.
With treatment, viral load can typically be reduced to undetectable levels and the risk of transmission will be greatly reduced. Counseling on safer sex practices will further reduce the chances of transmission to others.
The role of early detection and treatment has been greatly underestimated.
Since: Dec 08
#4 Dec 23, 2012
I know some folks will really take exception to this, but I also think one way to lower the rate of infection for both top gay men and all straight men would be serious research into building a better condom. One that transmits much more sensitvity than the current ones and yet has equal or greater strength, and which still can be provided at reasonable prices.
For someone who is a passive partner, there really isn't much more difference between a penis with a condom and one without if they are both hard. Therefore, perhaps a greater and more detailed look needs to be made at active partners and how many don't wear a condom because they cannot achieve orgasm with one. Just using scare techniques will not make this particular issue go away. Instead, there needs to be much greater focus on both the psychology and physiology of gay sex and male sexual response. It should NOT be accessible to say that one must forgo pleasure in order to be safe, but rather the focus should still be on achieving a satisfying sex life and yet remaining safe. Every time I bring this up someone castigates me as having a selfish mentality but to some extent all sex is selfish - it does pleasure the participant while also pleasuring his/her partner.
And for those folks who are tops and find sex the same or better with a condom, remember that not every male has the same penile sensitivity. For a lot of males the diminishment is so great that maintaining an erection, even with a cock ring, is not possible.
“ reality, what a concept”
Since: Nov 07
#5 Dec 23, 2012
The right condom for every man is probably already on the market, the matter is in finding it. One size is never going to fill all and even if you find the fit, the feel may not work for you. Condoms aren't a grab it and go item, because your life may in fact depend on it. An idea I heard years and years ago is still a good one. Go to the store where you are most likely to buy them and pick up as many sizes and varieties as you can get, take them home and try them out on your own. Find the one that fits and feels best for you, pass on the ones that don't work for you onto others. If you don't find it at the first store, go someplace else. Even if it takes you a few tries to find the right one for you, you get to have fun while searching.
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