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Old 08-27-2012, 11:55 PM  
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The Shocking Second HIV Epidemic Among U.S. Gay Men

The Shocking Second HIV Epidemic Among U.S. Gay Men That No One Is Talking About




Some LGBT rights groups today are focused on topics that make for an easier sell to the rest of society than HIV/AIDS.


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pop quiz, no cheating allowed: if you had to guess, would you say that HIV and AIDS rates among gay men in the United States are A) declining, B) remaining stable, or C) rising?

The correct answer is C) rising, at an alarming 8% per year . HIV incidence -- that is, the proportion of a population infected -- among gay men in the United States rises by that amount every year since at least 2001. Overall, this incidence, at 15.4% cumulatively, is just slightly lower than the incidence among gay men in Sub -Saharan Africa . And there’s a good case to be made that the real numbers are actually higher; for instance, we know they’re higher in some major metropolitan areas, where the incidence among MSM (men who have sex with men) is oneinfive. In San Francisco, it may be ashighasoneinfour.

Overall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between 400,000 and 500,000 gaymen in the United States carried the virus in 2009, the most recent year for which data are available. Chillingly, gay and bisexual men are the only demographic to experienceariseinHIVinfection rates.

These are astonishing facts. The AIDS epidemic is now over three decades old and has taken over 600,000 lives in the U.S. alone. That’s more casualties than were seen in the entire Civil War. It’s also noteworthy that new infections in the U.S. are numerically stable overall, at roughly 50,000 a year over the last decade or so -- a number seemingly impervious to public or private prevention efforts.

Considering the carnage AIDS has inflicted on gay men in particular, it’s urgent that we examine what, if anything, can be done to save lives and to prevent the widespread damage of another generation -- today’s young men. The fewer than 1% of Americans who are gay or bisexual men between the ages of 13 and 29 comprise 27% of new infections.

TIMEHealthland describes the stakes in stark terms:


Public health experts have been concerned about the rising rates among MSM for years now, viewing the current epidemic as the second wave — the first having occurred in the 1980s. Today’s infections, they say, are affecting a new generation of men who didn’t live through the initial devastation of AIDS’ early days, when there were no drug treatments and a diagnosis was a death sentence. Public health messages about safe sex practices and testing targeted to gay men have waned in the intervening years, and now, some experts say, a new generation of at-risk men have to be educated about the disease.

There is no single reason why HIV rates have been rising again among gay men for at least a decade, or one tool that could hinder the process. The best we can do is identify contributing factors (with limited hard data), consider approaches to reach vulnerable demographics and help change behaviors.

Effective HIV therapy has been around since 1996, in the form of HAART (Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy) drugs. These drugs reduced mortality rates, previously near 100%, by 50% to 80%, and gave HIV patients a new lease on life.

An unintended side effect was that the drugs also reduced the visibility of the disease within the gay community. The “gay ghettos” of large cities were no longer the sole mournful province of the walking dead. The sense of urgency around the epidemic began to fade, while indicatorsofunprotectedsex, specifically the incidence of other sexually transmitted diseases, began to rise.

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Old 08-30-2012, 04:02 PM   #76
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:15 PM   #77
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I did a search and confirmed that cosmo is a liar. Prior to the accusation, vail had never once typed the word watermelon in a post on CP.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:33 PM   #78
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I did a search and confirmed that cosmo is a liar. Prior to the accusation, vail had never once typed the word watermelon in a post on CP.
Did you search for a picture of a watermelon?
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:36 PM   #79
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:52 PM   #80
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Did you search for a picture of a watermelon?
Even now you don't have the balls to just say you were wrong.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:53 PM   #81
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I did a search and confirmed that cosmo is a liar. Prior to the accusation, vail had never once typed the word watermelon in a post on CP.
That is some impressive internetting; wouldn't know where to begin to do that.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:58 PM   #82
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Even now you don't have the balls to just say you were wrong.
Check the transcript. This is what I said all along--a picture.
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:05 PM   #83
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Check the transcript. This is what I said all along--a picture.
Dude just stop. Where do you specify a picture in the quote below?

If you have a link to the picture then fine, show it and I'll gladly own it. I could give a shit if I made an obama slam.
As I've said from the start, I don't recall it but there is a lot of shit I've said on here I don't recall. The onus is on you so either produce the link or shut the **** up.

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I associate watermelons with vilepuss making Obama jokes. Horses also. Never seen either referenced without being followed by a classic vilepuss observation.
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Meh, I've seen vail make fun of pretty much every race (even though Hispanic isn't a race). You and other just seem to have rather large chips on your shoulders about it. In your case, tortilla.
LMFAO

You guys (KC & Cosmo) are reaching.

I also am against PC'ness. Hate it with a passion. All it does is veil contempt behind socially acceptable politeness. If you want to get your panties in a twist then so be it, and I can only speak for myself, but I have never once felt that Vail held any hate towards me because I am a "minority".

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LMFAO

You guys (KC & Cosmo) are reaching.

I also am against PC'ness. Hate it with a passion. All it does is veil contempt behind socially acceptable politeness. If you want to get your panties in a twist then so be it, and I can only speak for myself, but I have never once felt that Vail held any hate towards me because I am a "minority".
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I am for me, my family, and humanity. I am immensely proud of being Puerto Rican and Latino and it is a big part of what defines me but if my fellow Latinos want to see me as such because I refuse to see racism around every corner then so be it.

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Dude just stop. Where do you specify a picture in the quote below?

If you have a link to the picture then fine, show it and I'll gladly own it. I could give a shit if I made an obama slam.
As I've said from the start, I don't recall it but there is a lot of shit I've said on here I don't recall. The onus is on you so either produce the link or shut the **** up.
Keep going. You'll see I mentioned a picture. Or don't--I don't care. Arguing about which racist comments you said and didn't say is pretty pathetic on your part.
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LMFAO

You guys (KC & Cosmo) are reaching.

I also am against PC'ness. Hate it with a passion. All it does is veil contempt behind socially acceptable politeness. If you want to get your panties in a twist then so be it, and I can only speak for myself, but I have never once felt that Vail held any hate towards me because I am a "minority".
Like I said, you must not be paying attention to his DC posts.

Doesn't matter to me one or the other if you see it the same as I do.

Vail is a racist. He is going to grow old and bitter as the country becomes more Hispanic. He's the one that will have to deal with it, not I.
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