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  1. Dave North 23 Nov 2012, 9:43pm

    “As gay men in the UK, one of the groups at highest risk of infection, we’re told we should test for HIV at least once annually!”

    Perhaps if your a club / scene wh0re that is true, but do not paint the rest of us with this disease brush.

    Same guy for 15 years and he is as committed to me as I him.

    No need for this “test”.

    1. Lets hope that you never need the help of other “diseased” gay men should you ever become unwell as you seem to think you are Teflon coated……..

      I know many individuals who thought the were in a committed relationship but somehow one or both tested positive, it happens more often than many like to admit!

      If you have nothing to fear why not take a test, it’s free and non invasive, many gay men think HIV happens to others or cling to stereotypes and bury their heads in the sand.

      1. Testing when it is not necessary – is simply a waste of funding budgets it may be free to testers but the staff have to be paid etc – This is another ‘campaign’ to get the ‘choir’ to test when those who need to test – are still blind to the risks –

        It’s time HIV charities and organisations – taught everyone what the risks are – after all it’s been 3 decades now!!

        1. I am of the opinion that anyone who is sexually active should take an HIV / STI test at least annually. I accept that people in committed relationships are at a much lower risk of contracting HIV / STI’s but I see no problem of getting checked out. What is the fear that still seems to be associated with taking an HIV test?

    2. Loads of gay men turn positive in relationships. Perhaps you or your boyfriend would never ever cheat – but we have all heard that one havent we. Have a test. Be sure.

  2. 30 inspirational people – 30 reasons to get tested.

    http://www.readingroom.com/gallery/CurrentExhibition.aspx

  3. Im still astonished that many GAY men dont get tested for STIs let alone HIV .In this day and age it is ridiculous.
    Also whenever there are articles on PN about hiv most of the commentary is negative conspiracy theories about drug companies and government I dont get it??. If you have sex with men get tested regularly it really is that simple .

  4. I think gay men don’t get tested as they are the ones continually targeted to test, even though HIV can affect anyone.

    The campaigns should target all as no-one is teflon coated to a STI or HIV.

    Campaigns appear to give the message that gay men are the ones spreading HIV infection – they need to normalise testing and not make specific mention to gay men or black Africans like they do in their campaigns. Straight people get HIV too!!!

    1. I totally agree with your comment – we need a National education campaign on a bigger scale. HIV does not discriminate and as the StandTallGetSnapped project shows people living with HIV come from all walks of life.

      The £2.5million per year being spent by HIV Prevention England specifically aimed at Gay Men & African communities is dwarfed by the treatment & care costs. The Gov needs to invest upfront in good sexual health promotion & have a National Strategy which they currently do not have.

    2. Most infections in the UK are gay men and people from Africa. That is a fact. Makes sense those two groups are targeted.

    3. Absolutely. I find it very disconcerting to read an article on an LGBT website which assumes that all of its readers are gay men. So the rest of us don’t exist, then, and there’s no point discussing our HIV risk?

  5. Paul Halsall 25 Nov 2012, 2:43pm

    I am HIV+ and I can think of one very good reason not to get tested. The stigma one faces in the gay community is enormous (much more, I find than among the working class people I live with on an estate in North Manchester).

    Although, for your own health, it is indeed better to know and get treated, the mental health aspects are soul destroying.

    And, despite what anyone says, the meds make you feel bad.

    1. Paul, medication doesn’t have to make you feel bad. Perhaps you just haven’t found the best combination for you yet, which is what happened to me.
      Speak to your doctor and get them to change your medication. Insist, and if they refuse, then fire them and find someone else.

  6. I agree with your comment and the stigma still persists. The NHS, THT and other organisations need to get their act together and try to de-stgmatise HIV.

    I do believe as stated previously, that the targeting of gay men, etc doesn’t help the gay community, especially people living with or affected by HIV.

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  8. Londterm PWA 26 Nov 2012, 12:23pm

    CAVEAT EMPTOR!

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