12 October 2011

Gay Men and Hiv Aids Facts

HIV/AIDS is one of the most dreaded diseases of all times. As it is, it ahs effected a number of people all across the globe. In the initial years, when the retroviral drug therapy was not evolved, it was responsible for millions of deaths all around the world.

With the advent of the antiretroviral therapy, there has been a significant decline in the number of deaths due to HIV/AIDS. Along with this there has been significant development in relation to imparting education among people, in regard to HIV/AIDS. Many organizations have played a vital role in this regard.

However, despite their best efforts, to educate people, about, spread, prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, there has been a rise in the number of myths and misconceptions regarding HIV/AIDS.

One of the most popular misconceptions, which have been there for a very long time, is that, HIV/AIDS is a gay disease. Now this is a misconception and the fact remains that, it is a disease, which affects gays and straight people alike. However, it is also true that, gays are more vulnerable to getting infected with HIV, mainly because, people involved in anal sex are more vulnerable to HIV, than those involved in vaginal sex.

This because, anal sex causes more breaks in the skin, which leads to an easy access for the virus to enter into the body. Apart from that, the virus can go up via the anal route and enter the colon; making infection a lot easier than it would have been in case of vaginal or oral sex.

It may be due to this reason, that HIV affects gays more than they affect other people. However, it needs to be mentioned, that people in heterosexual relationships are not a safer lot. In fact, you may feel safe, but at the end of the day, HIV does not actually differentiate between homosexuals and heterosexuals.

According to a survey conducted in 2005, it was revealed that a large number of homosexual males were infected by the virus. This led to a rise in awareness among gay right groups, who contributed a lot in imparting education related to the transmission, prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
With this spread in education, many gay people were reported to have changed their sexual preferences and stay away from anal sex.

However, the problem does not end here, as a major cause of the spread of the virus, is unsafe sex. This needed to be addressed as well. Gay right groups made a huge contribution in this regard as well, by spreading awareness in this regard as well. These initial efforts were quite helpful in saving a lot many people from getting infected with the virus.

All this said and done, the need of the hour is to spread education in regard to HIV/AIDS and to protect your self from getting infected with the virus, irrespective of whether you are straight or you are gay. In case you are already infected, then in that case, it is your moral duty, to see to it, that you do not spread the virus further.

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