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One in five unaware that HIV can be passed though unprotected gay sex

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  1. Considering the apparent ignorance of people on this subject outlined by the report, it might be useful if this site actually listed the methods of transmission:

    1. Blood (including used syringes)
    2. Semen
    3. Vaginal Fluids
    4. Breast Milk

    If any of these find their way into the bloodstream through whatever route, there is a high risk of infection.

    1. gullible traveller 21 Aug 2012, 1:23pm

      Not breast milk, per se. It is generally the excoriation around the nipple and babies immature gum tissue where HIV transmits. Important point, but one to make.

  2. Jock S. Trap 18 Feb 2011, 11:15am

    So why arn’t the facts being taught in schools. If these are the places to teach the young people to get the best out of life, for God’s sake teach!

  3. WHAT THE F!!!!
    how can people seriously not know this stuff?!!?!?!?!
    apparently america is worse tho many supposedly believe its contagious like a cold or something, CRAZY
    and those people who do not have sympathy! seriously 30ish%!!! thats INSANE have unsafe sex once and get HIV, no sympathy pretty much means they believe the person deserves it…..hey don’t cast the first stone, but after someones stoned to death, don’t bother call the ambulance, i mean cmon Gods watching!

  4. Sadly, when I was at college there was a girl there who was very open and didn’t care if you were stright/gay/bi/whatever but she thought HIV could be passed on through using public toilets and sharing towels. She was amazed when we told her how it could actually happend and appalled at her own ignorance. Nice girl jusr badly educated

  5. “It is extremely important that inroads are made in terms of educating the general public so we can eradicate the prejudice which still exists around HIV. In addition to improving knowledge of HIV, intensive work also needs to go into tackling the often deep-seated judgments and beliefs held about HIV and the people affected.”

    . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Unfortunately nearly 30 years on, if we are still saying this; what hope is there of trying to combat ignorance and prejudice with regards HIV transmission.

  6. Mumbo Jumbo 18 Feb 2011, 1:46pm

    @ Jock s. Trap

    “So why aren’t the facts being taught in schools. If these are the places to teach the young people to get the best out of life, for God’s sake teach!”

    A third of schools (and increasing as a matter of government policy) are faith schools.

  7. They probably spent too much time reading about Justin Beiber.

    Infantilised and dumbed down to death.

  8. Jock S. Trap 18 Feb 2011, 2:06pm

    @ Mumbo Jumbo

    Then I guess the problem will get worse until someone twigs and stops using ‘faith’ as an excuse.

  9. I live with the condition and as a volunteer with Terrence Higgins Trust I do go out to schools to give talks on the subject and am frequently saddened, astonished, dismayed by the lack of knowledge. THT is always happy to send out us volunteer speakers so if you know a school that would welcome a visit, let them know.

  10. So, one in five is dangerously ignorant or dumb. But it takes two to tango.

  11. “Evidence shows that the right treatment gives an HIV-positive mother a 99 per cent chance of having a healthy baby.”

    I didn’t know that! That’s good, at least!

    I wonder if the ignorant people imagine they are low risk and it won’t happen to them?

  12. they need to give more publicity to aids like they did back in the 80s.i dont mean the tombstone ad so much but as a teen i remember seeing a lot of documentaries and programs discussing sex, where are they now? there is nothing.

  13. This is what happens when the media concentrates on the latest sh*t*factor or Britains got no talent or Jordan story. There is a rather grand film out there called Idiocracy which really sums up where “civilisation” is going.

    I was taught the “facts of life” at school, and I remember the particularly graphic presentations at sixth form about the different types of STDs including pictures that made some people physically sick. This was from a strict catholic sixth form some 20 years ago.

    You were left with no illusions about safe sex (or no sex) and about what these diseases did to you.

    These days political correctness and fear of being sued has stopped all that, and instead children receive their eduction from the latest “reality” TV show or soap opera. One only need to look at the sharp rise in STDs amongst the 15-25 age group to realise that people either don’t know or don’t care about them.

  14. DAN, you have several good points there. But in that case, USE the media for good. If all else fails, receiving education on things like this from soap operas isn’t the worst way. People do WATCH that stuff and take notice of it. Time for Eastenders to have a new HIV positive character, perhaps?

  15. Tomos: Why not use the tombstone?
    HIV/AIDS is still a killer.
    People seem to have been lulled into a false sense of security with the advances of medications.

    Nevertheless, if you contract HIV, it will knock at least ten years off your life, and you will have to undergo major changes in your lifestyle to accommodate the drugs. In some cases, missing a single dose could kill you.

    There’s no point in being soft about this. If you have to talk about “fcuking someone up the arse” to get the message across, so be it, along with “If you catch HIV, you will DIE.”

    The trouble is, education has gone soft and they are scared of frightening the little lambs.

    Better a frightened kid than a dead one.

    1. Spanner – I couldnt agree more but you know, somebody might say something that “offends” someone. The there will be the usual outcry from the media and a clamour for someone to resign because no-one now is allowed to express a view that doesnt conform to the prevailing idiocracy; it is stifling public debate and discourse on many things.

      It is a total failure of education that younger generations are more ignorant about hiv than previous generations given all the info they have at their disposal. Most are too busy on social networking sites trying to hook up – gay and straight. We’ll be seeing the fruits of all this over the next 10-20 yrs.

    2. gullible traveller 21 Aug 2012, 1:26pm

      There is nothing more certain than taxes and death. Yes, we’re all going to die but It isn’t the case that acquiring HIV is a death sentence. Better an educated kid and Spanner than an illiterate one

  16. What the hell is “gay sex” (or for that matter “heterosexual sex”) anyway ?

    If you are talking about anal penetration then say that – and note that this is a risk that plenty of women, particularly teenagers are subjected to as well.

  17. To everyone who reads this:

    LOSE the ‘bareback’ BS and smarten up!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIDS

    ^ READ!!! ^

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