AIDS isn’t like diabetes
On Tuesday, which was AIDS Awareness Day, figures were released that showed a 42% increase in detected HIV infections in gay and bisexual men. We had a taste of these figures back in December when the increase appeared to be even worse.
It seems that HIV has lost its bark. To be clear, HIV has not lost its bite.
UK activist, Clint Walters, had a lot to say about this alarming and worldwide trend:
We have the facts and yet we are still missing the message. Don’t buy into the myth that HIV is like diabetes, there is nothing manageable when dealing with an uncertain future, side effects from medications, and to top it all off rejection based purely on your positive status. A HIV diagnosis can rip through to your core and make you question everything. Yes, I was very lucky to be a baby in the early 80’s and the medications I started in 1997 turned mine and many more people’s lives around. Thankfully, we’re not dropping off like flies anymore. However it’s not a good enough reason for the growing trend showing increase in HIV infections and STI’s pointing towards people taking more risks than ever.
from PositiveNation (2007)
And while HIV positive people may not be “dropping like flies”, Clint himself passed away in April at the age of 31, 14 years post-diagnosis.
HIV still kills. Why are we still taking these risks at all, and now, why are we taking more risks than ever?
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