This is maybe not the most romantic topic, but it’s important: AIDS.
The CDC has a new ad out — part of an ongoing series — urging gay men to talk with their partners about stopping the spread of HIV. No matter what your relationship is like, no matter how old or young, they want you to continually revisit the topic.
“Never stop talking about ways to protect yourself and your partner from HIV,” says their press release. Among the things to discuss: HIV testing, HIV status, condom use, and medicines that help prevent and treat HIV.
They even provide a few conversation starters to get the ball rolling:
The ads are pretty good-looking, and do a great job of covering a diverse range of gays — different ages, different body types, different races, different interests. Some are in a gym, others in a bar, other walking dogs, others getting married.
And they make a point that a lot of gay men don’t consider: even if you’ve been in a relationship for a long time, and even if you’re monogamous, it’s still a good idea to talk about HIV.