>Camp says times have changed and that lately there has been a lot of complacency in the LGBT community about HIV and AIDS. “Prevention efforts have not had the emphasis that they did for a very long time,” he said.
This is the understatement of the year right here. You see it very often too in subs like /r/askgaybros where people are literally shamed if they don't want to sleep with someone who is HIV positive. You hear the same talking points like:
-"But he's *non-detectable*!"
-"You're uneducated on the topic if you think you can catch HIV from someone who is non-detectable!"
-"You're not mature enough to have sex if you're afraid of STD risk!"
And many others.
I get that having HIV would be a horrible thing both from the disease and from the stigma, but the shaming of people who don't want to sleep with someone who is positive is a problem. Sure, *if the person consistently takes their meds and the meds are working* the risk of catching HIV is extremely low from an undetectable person but:
1. Meds need to be adjusted because HIV can come back, which is why monitoring happens.
2. There's still a chance of catching it, the risk is not zero.
Not to mention condoms don't have the same effectiveness rate of std prevention during anal sex that they do vaginal sex. Some studies peg condom effectiveness at preventing HIV for anal sex as low as 86%.
This is why drugs like Truvada were such a break through, without condom usage Truvada is roughly 90% - 92% effective at preventing HIV. With condoms it leaps to 98% - 99%.
Truvada can usually be gotten for free or low cost with the Gilead co-pay card and almost any gay bar has a fish bowl full of condoms somewhere so it's not that difficult to protect oneself.
>Some in the Texas LGBT community are blaming social media and the influx of so-called ‘hook up apps’ for the number of growing HIV infection clusters
And before those existed, it was bath houses and public parks. Something is responsible, all right, but it's not the technology.
Once again, a certain group show they are highly promiscuous and irresponsible - all the while crying 'homophobia'.