A new study has shown that even after decades of awareness and spreading of information, the risk of HIV infection is still very high in the case of homosexual men or in the case of any men who have unprotected sex with other men.
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The grim truth is that, worldwide, homosexuality is still not well received. Old faiths and customs brand gays as outcasts and there are still common cases of persecution and violence against anyone suspected of being a homosexual.
The data from the study reveals minor improvements when it comes to the decrease in the percentage of worldwide gay men infected with HIV. The numbers are still quite large when compared with the statistics for heterosexual individuals.
Not using protection during intercourse continues to be an issue in countries with low and medium education or low and medium economy. Of course, the risk of contracting HIV will increase considerably in the case of individuals who change sexual partners often and do not practice safe intercourse.
The homosexual men who do want to test for HIV are not always able to do so, due to the ongoing stigma of many nations. Apart from the indirect breach of doctor-patient confidentiality, even in 2016, many homosexual men were assaulted, beaten, or even arrested.
These forms of treatment, in turn, discourage gay men from further trying to get tested for HIV.
This issue is also present in the United States, in 2016. The rate of HIV among homosexual men has not decreased in past decades as it was initially expected.
Medical specialists are aiming to continue increasing public awareness, as well as set up several education programs and campaigns which promote safe intercourse.
Nevertheless, gay men diagnosed with HIV in the United States will have the option of treatment. HIV is no longer a horrifying death sentence but a burden with which individuals have to live with for the rest of their lives.
Treatments against HIV are not as accessible in other countries, mostly due to a poor economy which makes them unaffordable. There have been cases where hate against homosexual men has denied them access to the medicine.
Nevertheless, while the study was based on data surveyed in the last decade, the following ten years could have an entirely different outlook. An increasing number of countries is putting more and more effort into raising HIV awareness specifically for homosexual men, as well as promoting measures for safe sex.
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