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Offline happyg

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WASHINGTON, DC, December 4, 2013 ( – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows approximately 62 percent of gay men who know they have HIV/AIDS continue to engage in sexual relations without using a prophylactic, a behavior that can spread AIDS.

The report, which was released on the Friday after Thanksgiving, analyzed data gathered in 2011.

According to the report, the percentage of men with HIV/AIDS having sex with other men without a condom had increased from 55 percent in 2005, to 57 percent in 2008, to 62 percent today.

CDC spokesperson Nikky Mayes told in an e-mail that the “new analysis of data suggests concerning signs of sexual risk for HIV infection among gay and bisexual men in 20 major U.S. cities.”

The surveys cited in the report examine men having sex with men (MSM) for a period of 12 months.

In the report, many MSM said they tried to reduce their risk of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections by only having sex with other men who are HIV-positive.

However, the CDC noted this is still risky, because sexual partners may be unaware of their status, or may mislead about their health.

Trying to get HIV-positive gay men to use condoms may prove difficult, as their use has plummeted among homosexuals. Anal sex without condoms increased by 20 percent among homosexual men between 2005 and 2011.

As a result, the rate of AIDS infection among homosexual males has remained an epidemic. Between 2008 and 2010, the number of homosexuals with HIV/AIDS rose by 12 percent, with an especially large increase among young men having sex with other males.

Men who have sex with men, which the CDC estimates at four percent of the American population, are more than 44 times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV/AIDS than heterosexual men. MSM make up 52 percent of the American population with HIV/AIDS, and account for about 63 percent of all new HIV/AIDS cases.

To fight this, the CDC recommended MSM reduce the risk of HIV by “choosing less risky behaviors, using condoms consistently and correctly if they have vaginal or anal sex, reducing the number of sex partners, and if HIV-positive, letting potential sex partners know their status.”

It also recommends annual testing for men having sex with men, and “taking pre-exposure or post-exposure prophylaxis” as protection for some men at high risk. It also encourages more frequent testing. One-third of MSM were unaware they had HIV while engaging in risky sexual relations.

The report does not recommend abstinence for gay men, though it closes by noting reductions in “the burden of HIV among MSM is fundamental to reducing HIV infection in this country.”

Mayes told that “we do know that not having sex is the most reliable way to avoid infection, and we include that as a prevention option in our media materials.”

Mayes pointed to an August 2013 graphic from the CDC that advocates not having sex as the first of three measures to prevent gay men in relationships from getting HIV/AIDS.

The report notes two caveats: First, the surveys were primarily done in cities, meaning the results may be limited because of behavioral patterns that differ between rural and urban gay men. Second, the report bases its statistics on self-reporting, which has accuracy factors the report calls “social desirability and recall bias.”

The CDC reports that more than 300,000 MSM have died since the epidemic began in the early 1980s

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That's a shame.   :whistle:
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Without going into the morality debate, there was a time when HIV/AIDS cases were dropping rapidly because most people were using condoms.

The question is, what changed to cause such a sudden reversal?  The only thing I can assume is that it is because HIV isn't an automatic death sentence anymore, at least not quickly thanks to the anti-viral drugs, that people are willing to take greater risks.
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That's a shame.   :whistle:

Yes. It is.

August 19th, 1988, our eldest daughter died from complications arising from pneumonia. 4 years earlier she needed a blood transfusion. Just one of your typical bits of kids stuff - stepped on a chunk of broken glass on the beach and bled badly. She'd have probably been fine without it, but the docs decided to give her a pint as a precaution.

Then - hey, suddenly she got sick. Didn't have clue bleep one what was going on - HIV wasn't even on the radar back then. It was a scary thing to learn. Got back from the funeral - wife didn't go, she adored Louise - and found that every single picture of Louise missing and a pile of ash in the fireplace. To this day, my missus will never refer to her or mention her name.

These scum bleep can bleep off and die painfully. I mean, if they KNOW they have it and still have unprotected sex or give blood, they should be treated as what they are. Murderers.
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yah...and syphilis cases are exploding again as well....

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I have a few gay friends and I have my own personal theory as to why this is happening.  There are local organizations that collect money and pay a victim's rent, utilities and all kinds of things for them.  They don't have to work for a living and they get a lot of sympathy.  They get their medications paid for and like you said its not a death sentence anymore. It's almost like some kind of badge of honor.
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