Sunday, June 24, 2012

...very little of the anti-AIDS education works.

       Gay Men's Health Summit
       Health and Wellness for Gay, Bi and Trans Men

       HIV: Thirty years of fear and stigman: How do we move forward?

       This is a panel discussion of local experts to discuss HIV and fear and the Gay Community.
       Topics to be discussed are:
  1. What role does fear play in prevention and treatment of HIV today compared to the first two decades of the epidemic and what SHOULD that role be?
  2. When people say things like, “Gay youth today don’t have the experience of the 80’s and 90’s to scare them, so they think HIV is no big deal, it’s just a pill a day…”, how should we respond to this?
  3. In the paradigm of “Treatment is prevention”, how should we focus on creating a culture of encouraging testing and engagement in care?
  4. What are the barriers for MSM youth in getting tested, knowing their status, and if positive, engaging and remaining engaged in care?
  5. Do fear based prevention messages feed into stigma?
  6. What is the truth about living with HIV today versus 20 years ago? We hear many different versions of this “truth”.
  7. What are the realities of condom use and how the prevention messages of the last 30 years have changed condom use behavior and how can we use this information to guide prevention messages?
  8. What role should PrEP and nPEP play in prevention today, especially in MSM youth?
  9. What judgments will be made and felt by the MSM youth community around PrEP and nPEP, and how do we combat these judgments?
The CDC estimates there are about 48,000+ new HIV/AIDS infections per year:

This is now more new infections than deaths per year implying that very little of the anti-AIDS education works.

Dr. Anthony Fauci:
"We have now 50,000 new infections each year in the United States and we haven't gotten below that level for a significant period of time in several, several years."

a) So what is the historical record of the number of new infections each year for the last 30 years, or as far back as available?

b) What is implied by having the same number of new infections, and, at the same time, more infected people with low viral count who are living longer and having more opportunities to infect more people?

The strategy... BEFORE sex get tested TOGETHER for A VARIETY of STDs then make an INFORMED decision