Surge in HIV infections among gays, bisexuals Aids activists worry that younger gay men are less afraid of Aids, more reckless with sex

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_791427.html

Surge in HIV infections among gays, bisexuals
Aids activists worry that younger gay men are less afraid of Aids, more reckless with sex

Published on Apr 22, 2012

For the first time since 1990, the number of homosexual and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV has overtaken that of heterosexual men. — PHOTO: NSTP
By Theresa Tan and Candice Neo

In the first half of last year, homosexuals and bisexuals comprised 54 per cent of the 195 people found to have the human immunodeficiency virus which causes Aids. All were infected through sex. Heterosexuals made up the rest.

The change is significant, Aids activists told The Sunday Times, because for most of the past two decades, men who had sex with women were the majority of those diagnosed with HIV.

Growing numbers

They said the rise in infections among men who have sex with men and those who have sex with both men and women points to two things: that gay men were more willing to get themselves tested for HIV and, worryingly, there may be a greater degree of sexual recklessness among this group. 

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scubear 2 hours ago

Some over simplification here. There has been an effort by AfA to target gay and bisexual men for testing. This could skew the statistics. Similar efforts need to be made with other high risk groups. This isn’t about it being a numbers game but that more can be done to help people who are HIV+. For everyone else the lesson is take care, use protection and that HIV is invisible. Someone who is positive doesn’t look any different. 

Joel Tan 6 hours ago

That’s cos gay’s & Bisexual is more accepted in sg nowadays. Thats what you get for being to libral

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http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_791426.html

Worrying trend in HIV infections here

Published on Apr 22, 2012

Singapore’s Aids activists see reasons to worry in the picture of HIV infections here last year.

For the first time in two decades, men who have sex with men and men who have sex with both men and women accounted for most of the new infections detected in the first half of last year.

Out of 195 people infected through sexual activity, 88 were homosexual and 17 were bisexual. They added up to 54 per cent, a big change from 2000 when the two groups accounted for only 13 per cent of total infections detected.

From back in 1991, Singapore’s HIV story was that the majority of those infected were heterosexual men who have sex with women only.

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