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HIV On The Rise
 
# 106 : Sunday 5-6-2016 @ 16:07
 
 
It is really an STD among others these days: can be prevented, can be treated. It is no longer a death sentence and every one knows someone who is +ve.
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# 107 : Sunday 5-6-2016 @ 16:21
 
 
Someone said :
I think that as we progress on wards that all people, regardless of the variables, should be facilitated to be responsible towards and for their own self care - be it pregnancy or other conditions.

Sweeping gender biases aren't helping anyone really and seems to be a trend towards in gender bashing.

So back to thread...

Do people agree that HIV is for a large part of the community conversation, not really on the agenda anymore - despite the challenges, increase and life long stigma associated with it.

No, I do not agree that HIV is not on the agenda anymore.
More people than ever, thanks to education are understanding that is not simply an std, rather it is a virus.
For years HIV was wrongly assumed to be a ` gay `disease, wrong!
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# 108 : Sunday 5-6-2016 @ 17:06
 
 
Someone said :

No, I do not agree that HIV is not on the agenda anymore.
More people than ever, thanks to education are understanding that is not simply an std, rather it is a virus.
For years HIV was wrongly assumed to be a ` gay `disease, wrong!

I disagree - from what I've seen on profiles and chatting to some people younger gay/bi/ men who have sex with men are all completely into having bareback and seem completely oblivious to risk of STIs at all.

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# 109 : Sunday 5-6-2016 @ 17:14
 
 
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I disagree - from what I've seen on profiles and chatting to some people younger gay/bi/ men who have sex with men are all completely into having bareback and seem completely oblivious to risk of STIs at all.

You misunderstood my post.
I think that HIV is more widely discussed, more education and information available.
If people do not act on this, that is a seperate issue.
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# 110 : Sunday 5-6-2016 @ 17:17
 
 
Someone said :

You misunderstood my post.
I think that HIV is more widely discussed, more education and information available.
If people do not act on this, that is a seperate issue.

I don't think it's widely discussed enough at all. Look at the massively rising HIV rates of new diagnoses amongst men who have sex with men.

And how educated on STIs really are most gay/bi men and msm? I really dont think its as good as you think.

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# 111 : Sunday 5-6-2016 @ 19:32
 
 
not great news is it .
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# 112 : Sunday 5-6-2016 @ 23:31
 
 
I feel the decline in bathhouse/sauna attendance is not good for safe gay sex. Ready availability of rubbers is well established in the baths. This means one side is at least going to consider putting one on. Online hook-ups by their nature are more likely to involve unsafe sex. Saunas are closing in the UK owing to decline in use.
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# 113 : Monday 6-6-2016 @ 22:07
 
 
Someone said :
Online hook-ups by their nature are more likely to involve unsafe sex. Saunas are closing in the UK owing to decline in use.

may I ask what this is based on? genuinely interested.
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# 114 : Monday 6-6-2016 @ 23:47
 
 
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# 115 : Wednesday 8-6-2016 @ 07:08
 
 
Fantastic, I'll browse through these later. Thanks Mango
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# 116 : Wednesday 8-6-2016 @ 21:03
 
 
HIV open meeting (Dublin) - tomorrow.

https://twitter.com/arleavitt/status/738082645091966976
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# 117 : Thursday 9-6-2016 @ 15:36
 
 
The figures are shocking for gay men. Athought overall figures have not risen to much in the last decade. For men who have sex with men they have tripled in the last decade.... Shocking. Now 200 cases per year are Men who have sex with men

When you consider that less than 2000 children born in Ireland in a year will turn out to be a gay man, that equates to the likelihood of them catching HIV in their lifetime as now being about 10% on average which I think is disturblingly high.

I agree with a lot of the above comments about complacency regarding the subject and that you are not going to leave a completly healthy life which is being banded around to reduce the stigma of HIV.

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# 118 : Thursday 9-6-2016 @ 16:31
 
 
Someone said :

GLEN was one of the first national organisations to work on HIV as far as I know - it got funding as far back as 1996 -

HIV Ireland is a new organisation which was only Dublin based until recently

Just to clarify, HIV Ireland is the new name of the Dublin AIDS Alliance, which was established in 1987. So it's not a new organisation by any means, just a new name for one of the oldest working on HIV in Ireland. You're quite right that historically they have been Dublin focused, but they are trying to be more active in other parts of the country as well, so chose a name to reflect that.

As for why GLEN got the funding, my guess would be that it was largely because Tiernan Brady (who is director of GLEN's Gay HIV Strategies sub-group) has been pushing to make rapid testing available in Dublin for years. He'd testified about it in hearings in the Oireachtas several times and likely had been talking directly to the former health minister about it during the development of the National Sexual Health Strategy. In addition, he'd already established connections with Deirdre Seery from the Cork Sexual Health Centre and GOSHH in Limerick, both of whom were already doing rapid testing and are also getting money from the grant to expand their work.

HIV Ireland has put a lot of time and effort into setting up their (excellent!) STI screening service and (this is my speculation anyway!) probably were not interested in taking on the new rapid testing project anyway.
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# 119 : Thursday 23-6-2016 @ 18:35
 
 
Someone said :
HIV open meeting (Dublin) - tomorrow.

https://twitter.com/arleavitt/status/738082645091966976

Another one next Thursday evening

https://www.facebook.com/events/994960023951676/
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