Sunday, September 11, 2016

AIDS in Gay and Bisexual Men

     After many studies on HIV and AIDS, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has proven that gay and bisexual men are at the highest risk to contract AIDS than any other person group. Studies have also shown that out of the bisexaul and gay men, Latinos and African Americans have a higher risk than white men for the disease. It is estimated that 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with AIDS within their lifetime. Out of these men,1 in 2 are black/African Americans, 1 in 4 are Latino or Hispanic, and 1 in 11 will be white. Although the statistics are high, there are preventative actions that can be taken against AIDS.
     Many teen men are scared, embarrassed, or simply do not have the funds to be tested for AIDS. That being said, many of these men will get the disease and will never know because they were not tested. Not only is this unfortunate for the teen, but also, for the teen’s partners. If he does not know he has the disease, he will continue to be promiscuous, and will spread the disease to every partner he does not use protection with.  Soon, several teens will be contaminated with the disease without knowledge.
     Although there has been a little decrease in the percentage of AIDS cases, the statistics are still huge for gay and bisexual men. So, what are the ways to prevent the disease from spreading more? The most dangerous form of sex is anal. If men would use more protection, or abstain from anal sex altogether, there would be less disease. When talking about anal, the receiver is at more of a risk than the giver. There are also medications that can be taken for preventive actions.
     In my opinion, if gay and bisexual men are at a higher risk for AIDS, they should be tested more often. If they are not financially able to make testing payments, they should be able to receive help. If a teen spreads his infection to his partner, and the partner was not told of the infection prior, he should be able to sue. If the partner knows and gets infected, it is his own fault and should not be able to sue. I think condoms and other preventive methods should be more freely available, and not only to males, but to all the genders.  
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