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Public Health Minister: Gay men need to be aware of HIV and testing is essential

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  1. Funny there are articles about porn affecting behaviour but bareback is never mention as being a possible factor. And what happens after the test? Will there be support for all gay people from all backgrounds? What if you love in the sticks a nd you know everybody? It’s just to sell drugs and get better stats it’s not for our well being

    1. Well, most people leave their cave at least once per year, so I can’t really see that it’s really that much of a problem.

      And if they don’t then they’re much more likely to be abstemious or monogamous, so it’s less of a problem in any case.

    Not JUST Gay Men – despite public stupidity and world wide ignorance HIV does not just target gays – when will the concerns that Health Department focus on us be transferred to ALL people – there are 38 million humans on this planet living with virus – they are mostly heterosexual!

  3. The NHS really needs to get its act together to make testing as easy as possible. Above all it needs to be completely anonymous, preferably with ‘while you wait’ results, or they should issue you with a PIN number. You’d probably need to give your details if the result was positive and you needed medications, but that’s a bridge to be crossed later.

    Cholesterol testing shows the differences in what can be achieved. My local outpatients charges for parking and it’s walk-in but with quite a long wait in ‘institutional’ surroundings, and it’s only available during working hours. Unless you contact your GP, you don’t get the results.

    In contrast, my local supermarket had a promotion by a margarine manufacturer offering a free test with 100 Nectar points. I think extended hours were available, but it only took a few minutes. It was only a fingertip prick rather than a syringe, and the results were instant.

    A similar philosophy should apply to HIV: Quick, Easy, Convenient, Anonymous.

    1. Anonymous 1 Dec 2013, 7:24pm

      I agree with your comments but the medical profession will not let you be anonymous and once your in the system you can’t get out!

  4. I remember the first time I was testing. My doctor said that if I was positive, then it would have to be listed on my official medical record. I just asked he that if I was positive what exactly would she expect me to do? Not get any treatment and just ignore it? I was (and still am) negative. Play safely.

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