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 MSM transmission makes 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
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.
edit on 20-1-2014 by OrphanApology because: D