When he walked into a Brixton pub in June, it was a shock. This Steven had dilated pupils, red marks on his arms, and his head jerked erratically as he spoke manically. He was addicted to crystal meth, and had an abusive relationship with other drugs and alcohol. In the developed world, HIV is no longer the death sentence it once was , although the treatment can cause health complications, and in the UK an estimated 6, men who have sex with men live with undiagnosed infections. A far greater menace is mental distress — impossible to disentangle from a society riddled with homophobia — and the drug and alcohol abuse that can follow.
HIV and Gay and Bisexual Men
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HIV diagnoses remained stable at about 26, per year among all gay and bisexual men. HIV Surveillance Report ; In , there were 6, deaths among gay and bisexual men with diagnosed HIV in the United States and 6 dependent areas. These deaths may be due to any cause. A much higher proportion of gay and bisexual men have HIV compared to any other group in the United States. Therefore, gay and bisexual men have an increased chance of having an HIV-positive partner. Therefore, they may transmit the infection to others without knowing it.
Gay men are battling a demon more powerful than HIV – and it’s hidden
In the past, homosexuality was considered an illness and open hostility towards gay people was the norm; seeing much of this gay stigma disappear may lead some to believe that gay discrimination is a thing of the past, but unfortunately, this is not the case. Homophobia is still alive and well in North America and is perpetuated by some laws, politicians, religions and individual ideologies. Moreover, gay discrimination and stigma still harms people, particularly youth, who identify as gay. Gay discrimination is the act of treating people who identify as gay as lesser than those who identify in other ways generally heterosexual.
Jump to navigation. Explore this page to find out more about homophobia and HIV , how homophobia affects HIV service provision , homophobia around the world , the economic cost of homophobia and what can be done to tackle homophobia. Homophobia is "the irrational hatred, intolerance, and fear" of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people.