On WORLD AIDS DAY 2012 in the UK we heard that the rate of infection amongst gay men is at an all time high.
Bars around the country bizarrely offered WAD ‘celebrations’ and it was even possible to pop down to the GAY bar in Soho to get an on the spot test. So I guess if the result is positive there was plenty of booze on hand to help drown the sorrows and deplete your immune system further. (I hear there were 2 positive results on the day, and - shockingly - no counselling or support advice on hand.)
The message of World AIDS Day was that HIV is not going away, but will we wait until December 1, 2013 before we talk about it again? The gay community is not discussing the reasons so many are exposing themselves through risky sex.
To treat HIV as a minor problem that can be managed by medications is missing the point entirely. HIV changes lives and challenges on every level possible, it affects us mentally and emotionally as well as physically – perhaps it will not go away until we understand what it is trying to teach us, and what it is telling us about ourselves.