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HIV On The Rise
 
# 1 : Saturday 16-2-2013 @ 10:23
 
 
HIV is on the rise among Gay men something needs to be done to educate people on dangers of unsafe sex http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/rise-in-number-contra etc ...
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# 2 : Saturday 16-2-2013 @ 11:33
 
 
Someone said :
HIV is on the rise among Gay men something needs to be done to educate people on dangers of unsafe sex http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/rise-in-number-contra etc ...

Do you know anyone who doesn't know how HIV is transmitted?
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# 3 : Saturday 16-2-2013 @ 12:08
 
 
Someone said :

Do you know anyone who doesn't know how HIV is transmitted?

I think the issue withthe increased rates of infection might be a mistaken belief that HIV can be cured.
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# 4 : Saturday 16-2-2013 @ 12:42
 
 
Someone said :

I think the issue withthe increased rates of infection might be a mistaken belief that HIV can be cured.

Or a belief that you can live a normal, healthy life with HIV.
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# 5 : Saturday 16-2-2013 @ 12:45
 
 
This is in the UK not Ireland.

Personally I suspect that if Irish statistics are anything to go on, that much of this may be due to people already infected entering the UK, largely from Sub-Saharan Africa. I refer to this study in the Lancet in the UK, showing Black gay men are more than twice as likely to have HIV-AIDS as whites. http://www.aidsmap.com/Black-gay-men-in-the-UK-almost-twice-as-li etc ...

I did have a friend in the past who had lived with HIV since the early 1990s and when I knew him he told me his viral load was tiny, as if it wasn't present in his blood, and that doctors told him he was in the top 1% of healthy HIV patients. Recently though my mother told me he was in hospital I think with cancer (not sure it's cancer though - he is a heavy smoker). I don't know if that has anything to do with the HIV.

I think the success of anti-HIV drugs in preventing it progressing to AIDS may be making some complacent.
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# 6 : Saturday 16-2-2013 @ 14:44
 
 
I remember years ago there was a lot more in mainstream media about AIDS there doesn't seem to be anything nowadays, only thing I notice is the odd notice in GCN, never see anything in the Irish Times or Independent, so guess there are people out there who don't know how serious it is
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# 7 : Saturday 16-2-2013 @ 16:10
 
 
was just reading this now shocking, a fall in the proportion of gay and bisexual men using condoms is behind the rise in HIV infections in those groups in the UK, say researchers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21474066
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# 8 : Saturday 16-2-2013 @ 16:14
 
 
The HPA said that one in 20 men who have sex with men in the UK now had HIV, with the figure soaring to nearly one in 12 in London.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/02/16/hiv-increases-amongst- etc ...

Jesus christ what is wrong with people?

Another generation of people will be needlessly lost to this disease, that in-spite of medical improvements remains a serious impairment in life. The gay community, of which I am a part, needs to seriously grow up and deal with this. Stop encouraging thoughtless, rampant sex without considering the real ramifications, stop glorifying wildly dangerous sexual practices like 'barebacking'. Teach young gay people to respect and protect themselves. The saddest thing is that this disease and all its suffering is entirely unnecessary unlike cancer etc we do actually have the tools to defeat it right now. Its just that we don't seem bothered
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# 9 : Saturday 16-2-2013 @ 17:01
 
 
How does the gay community glorify barebacking?
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# 10 : Saturday 16-2-2013 @ 17:06
 
 
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How does the gay community glorify barebacking?

In my view it is glorified by elements of the community, especially certain parts of the porn industry. there is also this kind of relaxed attitude to condom use, sometimes even negative.

I mean there is a major porn studio with the biohazard symbol as part of its marketing.
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# 11 : Saturday 16-2-2013 @ 17:08
 
 
Funnily enough I woke up to a message this morning off a 19 year old on Grindr who's first line was "here right not meaning to sound bad but I heard you have HIV". I found it ironic because I'm SO conscientious about my health and my sexual health it's unreal, you couldn't meet a bigger germ freak/hyper chondriac.

Youngsters these days think it's a joke, something to laugh at and not take seriously. Sure I know of a guy who's 21 and is proud to admitt he's a bug chaser, I can't see the logic at all.
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# 12 : Saturday 16-2-2013 @ 17:09
 
 
Someone said :
Funnily enough I woke up to a message this morning off a 19 year old on Grindr who's first line was "here right not meaning to sound bad but I heard you have HIV". I found it ironic because I'm SO conscientious about my health and my sexual health it's unreal, you couldn't meet a bigger germ freak/hyper chondriac.

Youngsters these days think it's a joke, something to laugh at and not take seriously. Sure I know of a guy who's 21 and is proud to admitt he's a bug chaser, I can't see the logic at all.

That guy you know needs mental health assistance.
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# 13 : Saturday 16-2-2013 @ 17:16
 
 
Ah he was blocked immediately for it.

And the other guy's excuse is "sure most of it is treatable". He's been diagnosed with stuff before but thinks "sure you can just get an administered anti-biotic, it's no big deal". Doesn't realise at all his health is his wealth.
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# 14 : Saturday 16-2-2013 @ 17:59
 
 
Maybe we need to go back 30 years and start shocking ads again
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# 15 : Saturday 16-2-2013 @ 18:17
 
 
Yea, they were scary.
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