It’s hard to even call it a “mistake,” since it’s one every sexually active person makes at some point.
No one should be demonized forever for a “mistake” they make once.
Other problems are at play that keep this information from being shouted from the rooftops.
Sex education for youth is inadequate in the United States, and info specific to young queer people is nonexistent in most high schools.
HIV forces you to do this, and in the process we often find kinks we never knew we had, fantasies we never knew we wanted fulfilled. For the months before I started my medication, I could infect my partners. Those early months without meds were filled with refusal, cruelty, and hurt. Gay men are masters of sex — quick and casual, passionate and intense, friendly and fraternal.
The doctors demanded I do many things: take a sex break, or at least inform all potential sex partners of my infectious HIV status. The responsibility came upon me to make these choices. It’s a hard stretch for anyone, but it teaches you to rethink sex. The end result: there are many happy, healthy, well adjusted HIV-positive guys out there who are kinky and open-minded. Poz guys are no better than our HIV-negative brothers in the art of fuckery, but having HIV certainly doesn’t make us lag behind.
This week, we marked National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — a day of observance started in 2008 by the National Association of People With AIDS. Julio Montaner, UBC-Killam Professor of Medicine; UBC-St.
If you’re trying to avoid potential infections, who is the safer option? We may not always be game for anything, but the point is that HIV isn’t an impediment.
I’m coming up on my five-year anniversary with HIV. Medicine isn’t perfect and big pharma is real, but all the rallying, organizing, research, and billions of dollars poured into a virus that hit us suddenly and brutally have accomplished something extraordinary: we are on the cusp of an AIDS-free world.
“Last month, the global medical and scientific community at the forefront of HIV research and care came together in Paris for the ninth International AIDS Society Conference, where they announced — unequivocally — that an undetectable HIV viral load means HIV is untransmittable." — Dr.
We assume you’re straight, and if we educate about sex, we educate straight sex to assumed straight students, leaving queer youth out in the cold — a glaring wrong, given the fact that HIV disproportionately affects men who have sex with men.
Religious fervor and sex-phobia is still killing us. If we’re taking our meds diligently, we’re not a threat to you.