A study of Australian gay men examining unprotected sex and the beliefs that are associated with it has found that the concept of ‘treatments optimism’ needs to be unpacked. While some men do think that having HIV is less serious than it used to be, there is more of an association between unprotected sex and men believing that treatments have made HIV-positive people less infectious.
Palabra clave ‘HIV positive’
Gay men having unprotected sex think that having HIV is still a big deal, but that it’s now harder to transmitMartes, enero 24th, 2012
A two-year, seven-country study has concluded that women using hormonal contraceptives, particularly injectable forms, are at a greater risk both of acquiring HIV themselves and of passing it on to a male sexual partner. Presenting the results to the International AIDS Society conference in Rome yesterday, Renee Heffron of the University of Washington said that strategies are needed to improve access to and uptake of lower-dose contraceptives and non-hormonal methods – such as IUDs, implants, patches or combination injectables.
In theory, it should go something like this: pregnant woman tests HIV-positive as part of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) services at her antenatal clinic, and tells dad-to-be; dad tests for HIV and they support each other, start treatment if need be, and prevent HIV transmission to baby or dad.
Nonqaba Jacobs, 28, comes from a rural community outside East London; both parents were HIV-positive and she tested positive in 2004. In 2005 she moved to Khayelitsha, near Cape Town, where she found treatment and attitudes towards HIV to be a world away from what she experienced in the Eastern Cape. These days she is doing well, but is worried about her mother, who has gone off her antiretrovirals in favour of “faith healing” at the Christ Embassy church.
SOUTH AFRICA: Monde Kenneth Hobongwana, “The information is there, treatment is there, but still people default”Jueves, mayo 19th, 2011
In 2008, Monde Kenneth Hobongwana, 37, tested HIV-positive. A student of business management at the time, he had been tested before, and blames risky behaviour for his status. He says that having a support structure is key to accepting one’s status, but acknowledges that among men, it is still a difficult subject to discuss openly.