HIV / AIDS

It has widely been established that gay men are disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Despite high levels of awareness and knowledge of HIV/AIDS gay men remain highly vulnerable. This section explores well established facts about HIV and AIDS and covers areas such as prevention, detection, and treatment and care.  The information included in this section is practical and should guide you on the next best steps.

What is antiretroviral therapy? Antiretroviral therapy is a course of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) that can slow down the progress of HIV…
What is AIDS? The acronym - AIDS - stands for: Acquired: implies that you get it from an external source…
What does it mean to bareback? Barebacking refers to the practice of having anal sex without using condoms. Research suggests that…
What is the definition of a discordant couple? Discordant couples refer to guys who are in a relationship or who are…
What is HIV? HIV is an acronym that stands for: Human:  infection is limited to humans only Immunodeficiency:  attacks and…
HIV Testing Gay men have a high risk profile of contracting HIV due to sexual behavior involved. All people, not…
Testing can be a daunting prospect because there’s the fear that the results may be positive. How often should one…
The consistent and correct use of condoms and condom-compatible lube remains the best prevention strategy against the transmission of HIV…
Just as we've started getting our heads around Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), now comes PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It may be…

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 Steven's (26) question: About a month ago I had sex with a guy when I was intoxicated. We didn't use any lube and I believe I received an anal fissure from it. The pain has since subsided and I can go to the bathroom with no pain or bleeding. Unfortunately, I tried using my dildo on myself after a month and a half because I thought I was fully healed. The results were some slight pain and then bleeding. My fear is that I will never be able to bottom again and that is giving me a lot of anxiety. Should I go for surgery?
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Eben's question (20): I am a 20-year-old bottom gay, and I have been experiencing very painful pains after my last sex, causing me to have a discharge. I also get constipated with a slimy discharge. I don't want to go to a health professional or facility for I’m not comfortable having these kinds of conversations. I'm also situated in a very small environment with few gay rights facilities.
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