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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 08-29-2012, 02:04 PM   #46
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If we are going to be down on fat people raising the cost of health care, what about gay marriage raising the cost of health care?

We must cover gay spouses. We must not preclude pre existing conditions. Gays engage in, from an actuarial point of view, much more expensive behaviour than eating a double cheeseburger once a week.
I don't see how their penchant for flamboyant fashions from top-name designers is relevant here.
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Old 08-29-2012, 02:42 PM   #47
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:19 AM   #48
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:20 AM   #49
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:05 PM   #51
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You are not misreading. But to be fair, his irrational anger towards others also extends to anyone with a skin tone other than 'white.' He also doesn't seem to care for people smarter than him, so its really a very small group that he finds acceptable--white and dumber than him--although there are many to be found on this board.
I'll be honest... I don't get the hate that Vail gets thrown his way. I'm friendly with the guy and I'm latino. He has never once given me a reason to pause or have any concern that he believes me to be inferior to him in any way because of my nationality of ethnicity.
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:38 PM   #52
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I'll be honest... I don't get the hate that Vail gets thrown his way. I'm friendly with the guy and I'm latino. He has never once given me a reason to pause or have any concern that he believes me to be inferior to him in any way because of my nationality of ethnicity.
The only negative vibes I get thrown my way come from the frankies, kc natives, cosmos, and other candy asses of the board who can dish it but can't take it. I bust balls on every color and creed including uptight white guy; I find humor in all of it. I rage against the PC thought police that feel empowered these days due to current social climate and some elected officials.

Of course I don't think you or anyone is inferior due to ethnicity. Plus you are from the PR; you people are several steps above those other Latinos.
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:07 PM   #53
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I'll be honest... I don't get the hate that Vail gets thrown his way. I'm friendly with the guy and I'm latino. He has never once given me a reason to pause or have any concern that he believes me to be inferior to him in any way because of my nationality of ethnicity.
Hey, that's great, enjoy him. I'm sure all the comments are "just jokes." He sure tells a lot of them.
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The only negative vibes I get thrown my way come from the frankies, kc natives, cosmos, and other candy asses of the board who can dish it but can't take it. I bust balls on every color and creed including uptight white guy; I find humor in all of it. I rage against the PC thought police that feel empowered these days due to current social climate and some elected officials.

Of course I don't think you or anyone is inferior due to ethnicity. Plus you are from the PR; you people are several steps above those other Latinos.
Its always the obnoxious assholes who use, "I'm not going to be politically correct" as an excuse to continue to be an obnoxious asshole.
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We all laugh and joke about it but AIDS is a helluva disease. I look forward to the day when it is wiped out completely.
too much money to come up with a cure. I guarantee you that they could have had a cure, cheap, for everyone by now. But there is no way the corps who control this country would let that happen. There will never be a cure for anything from now on, there hasn't been since polio, lol. Money >>>> human life.
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I'll be honest... I don't get the hate that Vail gets thrown his way. I'm friendly with the guy and I'm latino. He has never once given me a reason to pause or have any concern that he believes me to be inferior to him in any way because of my nationality of ethnicity.
You must not pay much attention to his DC posts. He knows how to stay out of trouble in the lounge. He is a cowardly man that is afraid of anyone different than him
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The only negative vibes I get thrown my way come from the frankies, kc natives, cosmos, and other candy asses of the board who can dish it but can't take it. I bust balls on every color and creed including uptight white guy; I find humor in all of it. I rage against the PC thought police that feel empowered these days due to current social climate and some elected officials.

Of course I don't think you or anyone is inferior due to ethnicity. Plus you are from the PR; you people are several steps above those other Latinos.
Don't act like we're the only ones who have nnoticed that you're a racist pussy
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Don't act like we're the only ones who have nnoticed that you're a racist pussy
You all look alike to me.
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Don't act like we're the only ones who have nnoticed that you're a racist pussy
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.
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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.
Oh look its the educated racist. Big surprise.
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