By Alex Garner
As 2011 draws to a close, we can reflect on just how significant the year was for HIV. There is no question that the story of the year for HIV was Treatment as Prevention. This latest breakthrough has forever changed the landscape of HIV and we will fully realize its impact in 2012. I decided to repost a few stories that I thought captured some key topics of 2011 while still pointing to the future of HIV.
The issue of HIV criminalization will become even more prominent in 2012 and let’s hope that real action will be taken to bring this injustice to an end. Treatment as prevention will radically change how we think of risk, sex and conventional prevention and will provide us with an important opportunity for sophisticated discussions about gay male sexuality. There are so many exciting things on the horizon. See you in 2012.
The HIV Game Has Officially Changed
Once again we are at a moment where the HIV game has fundamentally changed. In 1996 it was the introduction of protease inhibitors and today it’s treatment as prevention. In fact, just last week Time magazine named Treatment as Prevention as its third most significant medical breakthroughs of the year. In addition to that, Gilead, the makers of Truvada, have applied with the Food and Drug Administration to approve Truvada for use in men who have sex with men for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Welcome to your new HIV world...
Redefining Safe Sex
For the past thirty years we have been inundated with safe sex messages. The mantra became, “use a condom every time, all the time." Most would say that sort of “behavior-change prevention” wasn’t very successful, while others would say it was an outright failure. Unfortunately, this simplistic notion of risk and safety has dominated the conversation around gay men’s sex. But now, thanks to Treatment as Prevention, we have the opportunity for a more sophisticated discussion around gay men’s heath and a redefining of “safe sex”....
HIV Is Not A Crime
It seems like every week I am writing something about HIV criminalization. That isn’t because there are a dearth of HIV related stories to write about, it’s because there is a profound lack of urgency and interest in HIV criminalization...