Stop Stigmatizing HIV-Positive Sex

Discussion in 'This Cesspool We Live In' started by Apocales, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Apocales 4:35a.m. just one more episode..

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    Let the gerbil games begin!

    These are walking chemical bombs that plague healthcare with their insanely expensive medications and procedures. The virus can and will adapt to nastier forms, to pretend all is a-okay with HIV/AIDS is naive and extremely dangerous. They have to keep taking an ever evolving set of drugs to match their poor lifestyle choices.
    The reaction to the sex life of a newly crowned Mr. Gay New Zealand is a reminder that our cultural baggage surrounding HIV is as heavy as ever.

    "If you take your medication, [HIV] is a perfectly manageable thing to live with," said Charlie Tredway. "What you have no control over is how others will treat you once you give them that information." Tredway was recently reminded of that fact in a very public way. On February 12, he won the title of Mr. Gay New Zealand, a pageant that aims to build future leaders within the local gay male community. The 33-year-old HIV/AIDS educator made no secret of his status—in fact, he made it a central part of his campaign, promising that if he won he would use the title to promote HIV education and stigma reduction. Stigma did not prevent him from winning the competition, but it did threaten to spoil his celebration. Within days of his win, commenters on a local gay blog post went wild, tying him to a profile found on an unnamed "barebacking website." The New Zealand Herald picked up the story a week later, with an editorial to follow decrying the dangerous and "disappointing" message Tredway had sent to his community by "support[ing] unprotected sex." It contends that Tredway's message was unwelcome because the New Zealand Ministry of Health and some public health organizations still promote unflagging condom use.

    Condoms remain the safest way to protect against several STDs, but it's no longer the only way to prevent HIV. While the Herald article notes that "HIV infected people must take 'reasonable steps' to avoid transmitting HIV" by New Zealand law, it fails to realize that Tredway does, in fact, take an extremely reasonable step by maintaining an undetectable viral load, a transmission prevention strategy known as TasP (Treatment as Prevention). The op-ed notes that Tredway informs his partners of his status, but makes no mention of his undetectable status. It's a key factor in HIV transmissibility, meaning that lab testing is unable to detect the virus in his blood. Multiple studies have shown that being undetectable makes transmitting the virus onto others nearly impossible; in one, called the PARTNER study, 888 straight and gay serodiscordant couples (in which one was HIV-positive and undetectable, with the other HIV-negative) had condomless sex 58,000 times. The virus wasn't transmitted once. The CDC, which endorses TasP—alongside the World Health Organization's UNAIDS program and a slew of global health organizations and medical figurespredicts that if 80 percent of HIV-positive Americans were able to achieve undetectability, it would prevent more than 160,000 new infections by 2021. (For context, more than 39,000 Americans became HIV positive in 2015.) For HIV-positive people, maintaining undetectability through rigorous treatment is as important a prevention strategy as any, including using condoms. Tredway also maintained that he uses condoms in the majority of his sexual encounters, and only has unprotected sex with HIV-positive men or HIV-negative men on PrEP, a treatment that reduces one's risk of acquiring HIV. "Nobody needs to die of AIDS anymore, but it still happens," said Andrew Goodman, a practicing HIV specialist and the associate director of medicine at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York City. "It happens because people don't have access to healthcare or housing. It happens because of depression, anxiety, chaos. That's what kills people. That's what takes lives."

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  2. il ragno Proud American Deplorable

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    You've got fag cancer? No problem! The J00Fag Partnership That Runs The World has spent the past 30 years mobilizing heaven and earth to drop everything they're doing to ensure a future in which homosexuals can go right on fucking each other in the ass sans condoms, pulling out or (heaven forbid) abstaining. Because who wants to live in a world where no one gets to have twelve different sets of nuts lowered into their waiting open mouths to a backdrop of strobe lights and pounding disco? I mean, are we civilized or aren't we?

    Pardon-?....what's that? You've got regular cancer? Here's a pamphlet; good luck.
  3. Diarrhetrius Brown Doctor of Niggerology

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    A boner up the ass he likes it!

    60 years ago we'd just kill faggots like this but today they are treated like national heroes.

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