The CDC Pushes For HIV-Positive Community To STOP SMOKING

Why? Well, HIV-related inflammation already puts people at an increased risk for many of the same health problems as smoking, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.

So, when a person has HIV and also puffs cigarettes, these negative effects are magnified wayy beyond the risks of an HIV-negative person who smokes.

Take it from Brian ^, an HIV-positive gay man who suffered a stroke because of complications from smoking.

Aundaray Guess: The Grey Invisibles of HIV

When HIV statistics are branded about, a large focus is placed on the young gay community, and justifiably so. But gay seniors are facing the same crisis:

  • According to the CDC, there has been a steady increase in HIV infections in Americans 65 years and older.
  • Annually, about 10-11% of newly diagnosed U.S. HIV cases occur among older adults.
  • That comes out to about 5,000-6,000 new cases of HIV in this age group every single year.

(images: HIV/AIDS Prevention Campaigns for Seniors and Older Adults on the Streets of NYC, Global Action on Aging)

We Did the Math: What’s Your Long-term Risk of Transmitting HIV?

The authors of a pair of new studies have created mathematical models to show how a small per-act risk of HIV transmission can translate to more substantial long-term risk after many sexual acts.

NOTE: While these studies’ findings can’t be applied to individual circumstances and aren’t necessarily an exact roadmap to navigating risk, they do teach important lessons about how to think about risk.

Think you might be coming down with an acute infection? #gettested

Today, the CDC recommended a new HIV screening protocol that will push doctors to take advantage of the latest in testing technologies for the virus.

FYI: New “fourth generation” HIV tests not only screen for antibodies to the virus in blood samples but also for what’s known as the HIV-1 p-24 antigen, which shows up in the body much sooner than antibodies.

Basically, you can know your results sooner, faster and more accurately than ever.

Today is the Launch of National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day!

It’s also, coincidentally, the 33rd anniversary of the CDC’s first announcement of a “mystery illness” that would come to be known as HIV/AIDS. Over the next 20 years, the virus would hit the gay male community unrelentingly hard. Hundreds were buried, thousands prepared to die. But through it all, there were survivors of the AIDS epidemic. Today, let’s show them some respect.