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HIV is on the Rise

“We are at a crossroads. Current HIV incidence trends suggest that the epidemic among gay men could take a turn for the worse, reversing decades of efforts and threatening a new generation of young men.” (1)

- Gay and bisexual men make up most new HIV infections, and these are increasing (2)

- Young gay and bisexual men are most at risk for getting HIV. The biggest spikes in HIV are among MSM (men who have sex with men) aged 13-24. Black MSM are more at-risk(2)

- Many guys are using social apps, such as Grindr, to bareback (3)

- Nearly 1 in 5 people with HIV don’t know they have it (4)

Online Hook-Up Tips:

- Discuss your boundaries and what you’re willing to do/not do ahead of time, when it’s less intimidating.

- Ask about his status. Often times, guys won’t discuss HIV and will assume the other person’s status is the same as theirs.

- When you meet up with a guy, bring condoms, even if you don’t plan on fucking. Being caught in the “heat of the moment” is often cited as the reason for not using a condom. Take condoms out and keep them in reach.

- Get tested for HIV and STIs every 3-6 months, depending on how often you’re having sex, what you’re doing, and who it’s with.

Sources:

1. "Ending the HIV Epidemic Among Gay Men in the United States." AmfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Sept. 2012. amfar.org/uploadedFiles/_amfarorg/In_The_Community/EndingEpidemicIB.pdf

2. “Estimated HIV incidence in the United States, 2007–2010. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report.” Centers for Disease Control. 2012;17(No. 4). Dec. 2012. cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/statistics_hssr_vol_17_no_4.pdf

3. "Gay Men Using Grindr, Other Apps To Meet Men On Barebacking: CHN 'Zero Feet Away' Poll." Weblog post. Huffington Post Gay Voices. 22 Jan. 2013. huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/22/gay-men-grindr-barebacking-frequency-poll-_n_2527856.html

4. “HIV in the United States: At A Glance.” Centers for Disease Control. 23 Apr. 2013. cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/basics/ataglance.html

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