GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS
Which do you want first, the good news or the bad news?
We’ll start with the good. A new study released by the Journal of the American Medical Association ahead of the start of the International AIDS Conference shows that the rate of HIV diagnosis in the United States has decreased by a third over the last ten years.
The Associated Press reports:
“16 out of every 100,000 people ages 13 and older were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2011, a steady decline from 24 out of 100,000 people in 2002.”
Decreased rate of infection was observed in “men, women, whites, blacks, Hispanics, heterosexuals, injection drug users, and most age groups.”
This was a major study incorporating data spanning over a decade, making these results more solid than any other study looking at HIV trends.
Which is why the bad news is so bad.
Among gay and bisexual men, the number of HIV diagnoses is on the rise.
President Bill Clinton, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé and artist and activist Sir Bob Geldof will be among the high-level speakers who will join thousands of the world’s top AIDS researchers, community leaders, people living with HIV and policy-makers at this years International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
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@Tackle: Actually, to date, there is no clear evidence from studies that proves that pornography impacts on behaviour, so to claim that barebacking porn is the cause for a rise in condomless sex amongst gay men is pure speculation.
@Tackle: I’m aware of what you said, but if there’s no scientific data to show that watching bareback porn is a co-factor in decreased condom use then you are simply speculating.
Also, what evidence do you have that there is more sex taking place just because of apps and social media, both of which have only taken off in the last few years (Grindr launched in 2009)? Yes, sex *can* be ‘at your doorstep in 10 minutes several times a day seven days a week’, but what proof do you have that that is actually happening? How many people could maintain that sort of sex life on top of a full time job?
It sounds as if you’ve fallen victim to a ‘moral panic’ about gay men, based on your own opinions rather than fact.
@Tackle: Yes, I agree that no one here has done scientific research but what I’m talking about is people coming up with somewhat glib unsubstantiated conclusions to issues which are inherently complex. As any first year science under-gradute knows, correlation is not the same as causation.
And if people are going to share their opinions in a public forum, they have to accept that others will find and highlight the flaws in their argument(s), as I have with yours.
@vive: I don’t use apps but I am on gay hook-up sites and over the years I’ve only ever met a handful of guys off them And 9 times out of 10, when I have met them in real life, I haven’t wanted to have sex with them. Contrast that with saunas and sex clubs where I’ve had multiple partners in one evening, and that tells me that online ‘social networking’ is a very inefficient method of procuring sex.
”…anyone who cannot handle a constructive critique of their post should think twice about posting on Queerty.”
@Jacob23: The evidence suggests that the more HIV is stigmatised then the less likely people are to get tested and treated, which means they are more likely to pass the infection on due to a sky-high viral load. Stigma also means that people are less likely to disclose their status to their sex partners through fear of censure and rejection. So if you really do believe there should be more stigma around HIV then what you are effectively saying is you want to see more people become infected.
Some gay men seem to have this very simplistic view of sex and relationships and seem to think that if only Grindr and bareback pornography were banned, and stigma around HIV was actively promoted (even though it’s highly stigmatised anyway), then the disease would disappear. It wouldn’t, so please stop with the naivete.