It’s astounding to us that after twenty-five years of research, awareness campaigns and news flashes, we still have to pass along things such as this:
Risky gay sex is behind Australia’s sharp surge in HIV infections, a national study of hospital data has confirmed.
The major survey of HIV rates found that 12,313 Australians were infected with the lifetime disease in the 13 years between 1993 and 2006.
The number of new infections dropped 30 per cent in the 1990s and then climbed back to the same high between 2000 and 2006.
Professor John Kaldor, deputy director at the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, said the rise was due mainly to risky sexual behaviour among gay men.
Virus exposure through male-to-male sex accounted for 70 per cent of all cases, followed by heterosexual contact at 18 per cent.
Sydney once took the cake for unhealthy sex practices, the report says, but now it’s Melbourne and Brisbane where the boys need a reminder on how to use their willies responsibly.