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Less Than Half Of Dudes Who Sleep With Dudes Have Access To Even Free Condoms

Those headlines about President Obama earmarking some $4 billion to fight AIDS globally — a move met with uproar by heckling AIDS activists — didn’t include this startling fact: not even half of men who have sex with men (MSM) around the globe have access to even the most basic means of preventing HIV transmission.

An online survey of 5,000 MSM and their service providers, with some three-quarters responding from “low- and middle-income countries,” finds just 39 percent had easy access to free condoms; 25 percent could get free lube (and 25 percent said lube simply wasn’t available at all); 57 percent had little to no access to HIV testing; 66 percent to HIV education materials; and 70 percent to HIV treatment.

Just how bad are those stats? Pretty terrible when you consider researchers have long concluded that neither circumcision nor abstinence programs are more effective at fighting HIV transmission than condoms, lube, and testing. And don’t even get started on the lacking availability of PrEP meds.

By:           Ryan Tedder
On:           Dec 6, 2010
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  • 5 Comments
    • Fitz
      Fitz

      Well, technically, usually, only 1/2 of the men who have sex with men need a condom.

      Dec 6, 2010 at 11:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
      PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

      If you can’t afford the $2.00 to buy a condom, how bout simply not getting fucked???? Because if you get fucked without a condom you can get really fucked…….

      Dec 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz
      Fitz

      @PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS: Realistically, if you are that broke then fucking and getting fucked is about the only comfort that you can afford.

      Any game plan for coping with HIV (or pregnancy) that starts with “don’t have sex” is doomed to fail. People like to fuck.

      Dec 6, 2010 at 3:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chad
      Chad

      @PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS:
      Uh, tell that to someone in a third world country who earns about $20.00 (USD) per month.

      Dec 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • samthor
      samthor

      free condoms? why should condoms be free? that SOCIALISM!

      Dec 7, 2010 at 9:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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