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Thread #152273   Message #3562873
Posted By: akenaton
30-Sep-13 - 12:08 PM
Thread Name: BS: Why I am gone
Subject: RE: BS: Why I am gone
Don...very many people still die from AIDS, anti-viral therapy is much less beneficial if the disease is only diagnosed in "late stage".
Even when diagnosed early, the treatment involves large doses of anti-viral drugs for life, from which the long term side effects are unknown.
The costs associated with this lifetime treatment are extremely high, at a time when NHS resources are being cut to the bone.
Compulsory testing and contact tracing would stop much of the present transmission of the disease by MSM who are unaware of their HIV status.

HIV/AIDS is not the only STD problem affecting male homosexuals.
70% of new Syphilis cases are from amongst MSM(2/3%) of the population.

It is clear that something is going badly wrong with the behaviour of male homosexuals.

Ed and Don, and it must be said, the cowardly health agencies, keep on about increasing education, and reducing discrimination as procedures which will stop the epidemic of sexual disease, but they have been in place for years and the infection rates among MSM are rising faster than just not make sense to keep pouring money into a problem when there are no positive results.

I have something interesting to say on the issue of "clusters", which the agencies say partially accounts for the difference in infection rates.....but I will hold my fire at present.