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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released startling new data that showed HIV was still plaguing the gay community. While new HIV infections had remained steady in the general public between 2008 and 2010, infections had risen by an incredible 22 percent in young gay men. Gay men represented two-thirds of new infections. And nearly 6,000 gay men were dying of AIDS every year.
The Kaiser Health Foundation recently described the problem of HIV in the city of Washington, where the HRC and many other big LGBT groups are headquartered, as "as epidemic on par with some developing nations."
"Gay and bisexual men remain at the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic," says Jonathan Mermin, the director of the CDC's division of HIV/AIDS prevention. "But HIV is not always at the top of the list of priorities for LGBT organizations."
reply to post by Hoosierdaddy71
Just couldn't pass up opportunity to insert gay marriage quip?
Gay marriage comes with lots of legal goodies that heteros take for granted, like their partner's medical insurance. Not saying this is the biggest issue in the gay community but it is a large part of it. Where I am to get fully tested for STDs it costs around 400 dollars. That's not always feasible for college aged men.
Either way in regard to the OP I think what will eventually happen is that healthcare will become so outrageously overpriced that it will mean many of the men will no longer be able to get HIV medication. That will result in it becoming a deathly illness again instead of an inconvenience.
It's definitely a huge problem in the gay community that seems to be on the back burner. A lot of that has to do with the medications now making it manageable. It's like anything that can be managed with drugs, it means people don't take steps necessary to fix the problem. Same thing has happened with high blood pressure, obesity, etc. etc.
I think there are some steps that could be taken to greatly reduce the number of new HIV infections.
1. More testing, especially among young men. I find it ridiculous that they require meningitis shots for people entering college yet blood work is a big no no. Men who know they are HIV positive are usually far more careful, and the men who date them are far more careful as well. Testing is a huge part of fighting this.
2. Increased advertising for female condom use.
3. Increased use of Truvada among high risk groups.
4. Less homophobia in black community. Less homophobia among men in general. Less than 4% of men identify as LGBT yet make up nearly 80% of new infections of HIV in men. Talk about denial.
5. Increased social support from family and society.
6. Increased alcohol and drug programs for GLBTs
All of these things I think will increase over time. I would bet within 10 years the rate of infection will actually decrease. I would bet money on it if I could. The reason for this is that issues like gay marriage won't be on the forefront and the gay community will be forced to start focusing on HIV.
Also due to gay marriage more men will have access to programs and medical insurance as a result of being married. Not to mention that marriage tends to keep you tied to one person.
Although its really ridiculous to poster that 50% of us will have HIV by age 50.
Obviously sodomy is not a healthy lifestyle.