It’s surprising to think that HIV has only been around since the 1980s.
Thankfully, things are much different now. We know a lot more about HIV and how to manage it, which means people living with HIV can live longer, healthier lives. HIV is no longer the ‘death sentence’ it once was.
However, just because things have changed it doesn’t mean we don’t need to worry about HIV.
HIV still remains incurable, and is ultimately a life long chronic infection. With 1 in 10 gay men living with HIV in major cities such as Manchester, it is likely that many of us are living with HIV, or know of someone who is (whether we know it or not).
Gay men are disproportionately affected by HIV and there has been a significant increase in infection rates amongst young men over the last decade. Whatever your age or HIV status, the reality is that HIV is part of our community and can affect every part of our lives – our health, our families, our friends, our sex lives, and our relationships.
HIV has and will continue to change our lives.
The sex we have is ultimately up to ourselves, and the word sex means different things to different people. The term ‘safer sex’ also has a variety of meanings.Many people will say that sex without a condom feels much better, but it is worth remembering that you only have to have one unprotected sexual encounter to end up putting yourself at risk of acquiring HIV or any other Sexually Transmitted Infection. The reality is that unprotected anal sex is a high-risk sexual act in terms of HIV transmission, and is the most common route of infection amongst gay men.Even with all the medical advances surrounding HIV, condoms still remain the most effective way of preventing its transmission.
This 40 page pocket size booklet is your essential guide to HIV. Featuring:
- Transmission of HIV info.
- Tips on condom use.
- Negotiating safer sex.
- Going for an HIV test.
- Starting HIV treatments.
- Self esteem & HIV.
- Living well with HIV.
- HIV & Sex.
- Useful contacts.
Whether HIV affects us directly or indirectly, it is important to be as informed as possible about it.