HIV Medical Prevention / Treatment

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.

The consistent and correct use of condoms and condom-compatible lube remains the best prevention strategy against the transmission of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). However, in reality, this is not always possible (given issues of condom fatigue, condom failure, being in the heat of the moment, and concurrent…
Just as we've started getting our heads around Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), now comes PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It may be a little confusing but ultimately it means that we're adding yet another weapon to the arsenal we can use in the fight against the HI Virus (HIV). What is the…
Testing can be a daunting prospect because there’s the fear that the results may be positive. How often should one test for HIV?How often one should test is unique to each individual and depends on the risk involved with sexual behaviour. It is, however, generally recommended that one should screen…
What is the definition of a discordant couple? Discordant couples refer to guys who are in a relationship or who are sex partners where the one partner is HIV-positive and the other is HIV-negative. Is it possible to date across the HIV line?Fear and anxiety are some of the first reactions…
What is antiretroviral therapy? Antiretroviral therapy is a course of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) that can slow down the progress of HIV and thus slow down the damage to a person’s immune system. ARVs slow down the reproduction rate of HIV. What are the goals of Antiretroviral Therapy? To ensure maximum and…

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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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