HIV / AIDS prevention – Safe Sex Tips for Gays

HIV safe gay sexAccording to official statistics issued by the US census, men having sex with men represent about 2 percent of the American population. Nevertheless, this population is severely affected with HIV. According to the data released in 2010, men having sex with men accounted for 72 percent of new HIV cases. It is worth mentioning that these are the number of reported cases and the actual numbers can be quite high.

By 2011, it was estimated that 57% persons living with HIV were gay and bisexual men. Given the increasing number of HIV infections among gays, it has become critical to team them the importance of safe sex.

HIV diagnosis statistics

  • In 2013, American men accounted for about 65 percent of the HIV diagnoses among all persons.
  • In 2011, data released by the CDC showed that 52.9 percent of MSM (men having sex with men) were prescribed antiretroviral therapy. The report also said that 80.6 percent of all men diagnosed with HIV were linked to care.

Challenges

There are a lot of challenges that authorities have faced over the years in an attempt to curb the spread of HIV among gays and bisexual men who have sex with men. Here are a few of them that need immediate attention to:

  • A majority of gays are already living with HIV and this makes a lot of other men vulnerable to contracting the infection in case they fail to practice caution. Unless these people understand the importance of protection, there would be no improvement in the HIV diagnoses numbers.
  • Risky sexual behaviors account for a majority of HIV infections among both men and women. It is worth mentioning that most gay men acquire HIV through anal sex, which is considered the most dangerous type of sex that leads to spread of sexually transmitted infections. Men who are already living with HIV are advised to take antiretroviral therapy and correctly use a condom every time they have sex with another man. It is to be borne in mind that HIV – infected men are at a greater risk of acquiring other STDs like syphilis, gonorrhea and Chlamydia, among others.
  • Gays having more sex partners are likelier to acquire HIV compared to others who stick to one or two partners. Given the fact that gay and bisexual men have more opportunities to have sex with someone who already has HIV, they're at a greater risk of getting HIV.

Coming out of the closet

A lot of men choose to hide their diagnosis fearing reaction of others around them. Despite the increasing awareness on sexually transmitted infections, people living with HIV are looked at with disregard. It is due to this reason that a lot of men end up having sex without following any kind of precaution.