Generation HIV: Young Gay Men At Risk

There's one group that is seeing HIV rates accelerating: twentysomething gay men

Three decades ago, the sexual revolution skidded to a halt when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first reported a bizarre strain of pneumonia besieging gay men. After having decimated an entire generation, AIDS now threatens another. Today, young gay and bisexual men account (especially men of color) are responsible for the most alarming surges in new HIV diagnoses and represent the only demographic group whose rates of infection have continued to climb each year since antiretroviral drug therapies introduced in the mid-’90s gave patients hope. The highest rate of new HIV infections are occurring among black men 13 to 29 who have sex with men.

Welcome to Generation H, the twentysomething queers who’ve never known a world without AIDS and yet appear reluctant to use condoms.

Advocates and health workers are scratching their heads and asking, “Who or what is to blame for so many young gay men contracting HIV? Rebellion? Complacency? Arrogance? A desire to self-annihilate?” Maybe it’s because they’ve missed the most effective prevention program of all: funerals. “They don’t realize what we went through, but that’s human nature,” says Mark King, who blogs MyFabulousDisease.net. “If I wasn’t there, I don’t get it and I don’t have time to listen to you because I’m 26 and my friends are waiting for me at the club. And that’s exactly how we behaved. The only thing that made it different for us is that we were living in a horror movie.”

Sean Strub, a veteran AIDS activist and founder of POZ magazine, doesn’t buy the argument that young gay men “don’t get it” when it comes to HIV. On the contrary, he argues that Generation H is “healthier about their sexuality—especially in self-acceptance—than any previous generation of gay men in recent history. They also are quite sophisticated. Part of the reason they turn off and don’t heed safer-sex messages is because they’ve figured out that many of those messages are overly cautious, not heeded by nearly everyone, and paint a picture of an unlikely outcome.”

For Michael Tikili, 25, the “unlikely” outcome of an HIV diagnosis became a reality for him almost two years ago. But he sees seroconverting (becoming HIV-positive) as actually having changed his life—and not all bad. “Everyone that doesn’t have it thinks it is the worst thing in the world, but we need to stop looking at it as a death sentence because it’s not,” he says. “You can lead a healthy life with HIV.” The experience of the virus for Tikili and his friends include seeing healthy, humpy guys living with HIV, as well as six-packed models in omnipresent pharmaceutical ads touting the medications that have allowed those infected with the virus to live near-normal lives. You have to read the fine print to understand the nasty side effects of, and eventual resistance to, these wonder drugs. Nor do the ads mention how expensive they are.

James Krellenstein, 20, works at Yale University School of Medicine and founded a website about post-exposure prophylaxis, the “morning-after pill” (actually, a month-long regimen of pills) for people who believe they may have been exposed to HIV. Owing to the success of new therapies, he believes that the problem lies in safer-sex messages “framed in a shame-oriented way coming from the basic premise that you shouldn’t be having sex, and if you do so, be sure to use a condom every time for everything. It’s as if there’s something bad or irresponsible about it. People start to shut down when they hear that sort of judgment.” Critics cite the New York Health Department’s controversial “It’s Never Just HIV” campaign, which shows images like a cancer-inflamed anus. They believe the ads only make people more anxious about getting tested—at a time when nearly two-thirds of queer men 18 to 29 are oblivious of their status (according to a 2010 CDC report).

The natural response for many has been the eroticization of risk-taking. The trend, called barebacking, has become so popular in gay porn that condom-free load-shooting orgies are top sellers. But don’t swallow the media hype that young gay men are bug chasers seeking out partners with whom they might contract the virus. New research indicates that most infections among gay men take place within a relationship. A 2009 study reported that well over three-quarters of under-30-year-olds received the virus from their main sex partners. A hesitancy around or resistance to condom use, then, appears to have more to do with a desire for closer intimacy.

“It is a natural thing to want to have skin-on-skin contact and to share fluids,” says Jim Pickett who works for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and blogs under LifeLube.org. “We allow this for heterosexuals and throw baby showers for the results of heterosexual ‘barebacking.’ But the idea that all men, all humans, can use condoms consistently and correctly every time they have sex for their entire sexual lives is crazy. It is one option, but you need to provide options to people. We need to reframe all of this so that it makes sense for the lives people are living.”

The one thing all advocates agree on is throwing out federally mandated abstinence-only sex education in public school. As for queer-specific information, forget it. Sean Cahill, who directs public policy and community health at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, believes that “we’re now entering a period where science has replaced ideology among federal policy makers. There is a lot more support and willingness for science-based HIV and more broad sexual-health education.”

Some also argue that the gay rights movement has abandoned AIDS in favor of hot-button issues like serving openly in the military and marriage. When was the last time you heard about a large contingent of young queers taking part in street action about AIDS? “For them to talk about HIV as a gay disease or a disease that predominantly impacts the LGBT community sort of flies against the sort of narrative behind the marriage equality movement,” says activist Kenyon Farrow of the leaders of gay organizations. “They are situating gay people as ‘normal’ and middle-class and white, like they are just like everybody else.” Others, however, counter that existing marriage laws are part of a matrix of societal repressions that, over time, wear away gay men’s self-esteem. For them, equal rights—including marriage equality—are ultimately HIV prevention tools.

Considering that in 1983, GOP presidential candidate Pat Buchanan could state that AIDS represented the “awful retribution” of homosexuals’ “war with nature” and go largely unchallenged, gay men have weathered incredible resilience in the face of public scorn and official neglect. Out of the ashes of the height of the epidemic in the ’80s and early ’90s arose a newly empowered community that challenged the government and medical establishment—and radically changed both institutions. Now the next generation has to take a long collective look in the mirror and ask, “What am I doing to end AIDS?”

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Cody Firestone
Cody Firestone

I can TOTALLY understand the idea of a relationship with "your special guy" where you want skin-to - skin intimacy. I'm 47, my husband is 46, we met and DIDN'T have sex right away. Something seemed special or different that "Just a Trick...."

So after much long distance telephone conversation, we both went to the local AIDS charity, and got our tests done at the same time, and received our test results AS A COUPLE! What a concept, trust, respect and love, all at the same time!

THEN we began to have sex WITH condoms. Since we knew we had the same sero-status, we used condoms for 3 months, and had a repeat test. Again, TOGETHER we learned it was OK to go skin to skin, but ONLY WITH EACH OTHER!

Love is one thing, and we have been lucky to make it thru the 80's and 90's without sero-conversion. Love can survive sero-discordant ( ie Pos / Neg relationship) and use condoms all the time. I know some. However if your want to make the commitment, you have to LOVE TRUST and understand that when you care for yourself FIRST, by testing and KNOWING what the outcome is TOGETHER> That is the kind of trust you can count on.

Thru all the Grinder/Scruff/whatever come ons, and the Sexy facebook pics, etc, you have to keep it real and know that whatever happens to each of you happens to BOTH of you. If ya want to play with others, wrap it up, play together, and keep it honest and real. Otherwise, NEVER go bareback, no matter what.

If you cant trust your husband WITH YOUR LIFE, then, welll, maybe it aint time for barebacking either.....

Pinkiechet
Pinkiechet

When I moved to NYC in the mid-80's, I was 20, my parents made me promise to never have sex while drunk or high. When you put two horny gay men together and they aren't in control of their faculties, unsafe sex happens.

I followed through on my promise and still managed to have a very healthy sex life. I did however lose a lot of friends to AIDS. Parents need to educate their children from a very early age onwards. That is the only way we're going to get young gay men to understand the gravity of seroconverting. A life if worth far more than someone's 10 second orgasm, an orgasm that would be "so much better w/o a condom", or so i've been told many times over, so "lets get drunk and loosen you up, besides, i'm HIV negative, or I was 6 months ago."

Now I live in Canada, am still alive, survived the 80's in NYC, am still enjoying a healthy sex life and I owe it all to being well educated about a killer virus. Parents... educate your kids!

LRW
LRW

There is a part of me that has quickly tired of the "It's not as bad as it used to be" mentality or quote. It seems in the year since my diagnosis I've heard that OVER AND OVER AND OVER... and guess what... it's not comforting no matter how often I hear it. Nor is it enlightening. Because when someone says that, to me it means they refuse to look beyond "Oh there are meds now and you're living 30+ years." They don't see the quality of life factor, the stigma attached to the disease, the rejection in the dating field, the segregation by our communities... those things are still a part of HIV and having HIV that never totally went away. While acceptance is more prevalent, solitude is a common occurrence and while I understand the advancement in meds are wonderful, less talk and more cure would be better. God knows some folks would like to not have to deal with ANY side effects of HIV from either the meds or our poorly enlightened society.

apostleshadamishe
apostleshadamishe

THE CURE for HIV/AIDS.......AMBUSH

THE IDEA that AMBUSH cures AIDSis being proven by the more than 400 individuals who have taken a dose of 60 ml three times daily for 21 days. The result is that AMBUSH 'KILLS' the virus by causing the protein envelope to rupture and the viral particles are discarded by the white blood cells. AMBUSH is able to 'KILL' the virus that are 'hiding' in the lymph system by its 'natural radioactive' properties. This process allows the body to 'return to normal health' with a corresponding immunity to that or those strains of the virus.

What is AMBUSH ?AMBUSH is a radioactive isotope of uranium that is found in the 'palm' plant of which there are more than 3000 species. When ingested, AMBUSH causes the body temperature in the trunk area to rise to about 102 degrees when the individual is sleeping. The preparation takes four hours per batch, which is then given to the individuals for consumption 60 ml three times daily for 21 days. AMBUSH is a herbal preparation in this form but it contains an active ingredient which is a 'NEW' crystalline substance, a drug from the 'palm plant' similarly to ASPIRIN originating from the willow tree bark

RESULTS:After 21 days on AMBUSH, ALL the individuals experienced a decrease in viral load to undetectable, an increase in cd4, increase in RBC, an improvement in general health such as more color to the face, decrease in Buffalo hump, an increase in gluteal muscles, a decrease to having no joint pains whereby individuals can bend to touch their toes, and walk up steps are but a few examples. There is also a dramatic increase in their sexual appetite beginning after the first week of therapy

DISCUSSION:In any plant concoction such as percolated 'tea', there are 30-40,000 compounds, whi ch would take the scientific community twenty years to isolate one particular ingredient if they knew what they were looking for. The LORD GOD has given me seven steps to isolate the active ingredient, which is soft and metallic in nature and has a carbon- uranium-sulfur-(classified)-phentolamine configuration or structure. This is similar to Federick Kekule and the discovery of the benzene ring where he dreamt the structure.

As an antiviral and 'natural radioactivity' producing agent, AMBUSH is also effective against leukemia, lupus and HPV. Here I am saying that I have 'GIVEN' AMBUSH in the same 'strength' and dosage to patients with leukemia, lupus and HPV. A 35 year old male with HIV found it difficult to impossible to urinate was put on 'green tea' and water while the doctors contemplated prostrate surgery. One of the doctors gave him my number , I sent him a supply of AMBUSH an d he has not been given any more ARV's, since taking AMBUSH 18 months ago, is in 'good' health and has expressed a willingness to be examined by HIV investigators like many others who have taken AMBUSH.

I have sent this 'IDEA' to most HIV research agencies, scientist of the field, universities, hospitals, clinics, politicians and news agencies to which it is REJECTED because the name of THE LORD GOD is mentioned. He has steered me scientifically through the processes such as which plant and how to produce the active ingredient. What are the odds of a Florida Pharmacist picking a plant would contain the CURE for HIV/AIDS ?I have never charged any of the people for their supply of AMBUSH but a life saving has been spent on the project with NO renumeration from any sources because AMBUSH falls outside the walls of modern medicine and research.

PROPOSAL:

My proposal is that I PROVE that AMBUSH CURES HIV/AIDS by giving it to a number of END-STAGE or DRUG-RESISTANT people and the scientific community watches their recovery. This proposal addresses the problem in that I have already outlaid the results to be obtained.

This IDEA is unconventional in that the scientific community has rejected AMBUSH because I say it is GOD given. Secondly if I wrote it according to certain standards, then it might be peer reviewed. However, THE LORD GOD has also shown me that there are five enzyme systems associated with the virus, reverse transcriptase, protease, fusion and two more of which causes the virus to be AIRBOURNE. This means that without DIVINE intervention mankind and ALL warm- blooded mammals will be extinct in a number of years.

The PROOF of what I am saying is found in scientific papers wherein it is found that when the protease cuts the viral strands, it cuts it at DIFFERENT lengths EVERY time, to which it should always be a valine at the end but is a different amino acid every time. This is why it is IMPOSSIBLE to produce a VACCINE.

Since this is NOT a hypothesis but there are about 400 individuals who have taken AMBUSH, here lies a vast area in which to check, recheck and confirm that AMBUSH CURES AIDS. Let it be mentioned that during the HIV reproductive cycle, reverse transcriptase converts viral RNA into DNA compatible to human genetic materials. Thus the human DNA has been 'hijacked' and since each person has a DIFFERENT DNA, then the new viral copy is unique to that person which shows that each individual has a DIFFERENT STRAIN of the virus. Consider two HIV positive people swapping viral strains and increasing its complexity with multiple partners.It can also be proposed that they be revisited as proof that the strain or strains that they had were 'killed' at the time of taking AMBUSH considering that a person can catch as many different strains as there are people who are infected by HIV.I am also willing to work with the scientific community in identifying those individuals who took AMBUSH and wish to be identified with this process notwithstanding that some are stigmatized while others are jubilant,

Once AMBUSH is verified as being able to accomplish that which is aforementioned then the next stage might be the natural and artificial synthesis of the substance.

Finally, if this is accepted or not, believed or not, THE LORD GOD always wins and this is the heavenly truth to which AMBUSH was divinely given to mankind for the CURE of HIV/AIDS and it will be here forever.

The WORLD is therefore COMPELLED to listen......sooner or later....your choice !!!!!

Apostle Shada Mishe.

apostleshadamishe@gmail.com

Here is a video taped presentation that I gave at t he Martin Luther King library in Washington

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

David Phillips
David Phillips

"After having decimated an entire generation..." WTF??!!

Perhaps, the hyperbole with which the history of HIV in America is being told helps counter safer-sex messaging for these men, too. Yes, we queermen lost way too many of our brothers in the 80s and 90s before HAART became the standard of care, but the good news is that MOST -- not just one-tenth -- of us are still here to carry on the battle against homophobia, ignorance, and lacking self-care. While I've agreed in the past that friends walking around like Death warmed over was one of the strongest compelling factors for consistent condom use one could ever imagine, I would also never wish the trauma of losing over 200 friends and elders by age 21 on anyone.

What's most distressing about the predicament of young Gay men and HIV is that, while science and society have changed much in 30 years to provide them a better life, the questions around sexuality, behavior, and disease remain framed in negativity. Instead of lecturing them about the "foolishness" of unprotected anal intercourse, heaping shame on what seems natural to them, we should be equipping them with knowledge about all of the ways that two hormone-driven bodies can find pleasure without exchanging body fluids. Instead of passing on dogma about "don't do this" and "don't do that," we should understand the transgressive nature of our species and teach about managing risk as a self-affirming activity. Our lives are rarely black-and-white, and neither should be our approach to informing the younger generation of queermen on how to be happy, sexually vibrant, and HIV-free.

Incidence Zero
Incidence Zero

The blogger probably meant to write: “Welcome to Generation H, the twentysomething queers who’ve never known a world WITH AIDS and yet appear reluctant to use condoms.”

Emilymary Cla
Emilymary Cla

becoming HIV-positive is a hard life. On a hiv dating site hivlover,com, most of the users said they were very upset by it, but hivlover give them a new life.

Norman Cui
Norman Cui

I have HIV and I am an engineer who works for the largest STD dating and support site STDslove. com. I have to tell you a secret, you can choose not to believe me. But the truth is that this site has more than 1,880,000 members and about 80% members are good looking in my estimation.

Unfortunately, STD rates soar worldwide and most people with STDs don't even know that they have them. The government should grant more money for STD education to lower the rates of STD transmission.

Tastee's Condoms
Tastee's Condoms

OK I hear you...

" Today, young gay and bisexual men account (especially men of color) are responsible for the most alarming surges in new HIV diagnoses and represent the only demographic group whose rates of infection have continued to climb each year since antiretroviral drug therapies introduced in the mid-’90s gave patients hope. The highest rate of new HIV infections are occurring among black men 13 to 29 who have sex with men."

But it was unclear if this was a global statistic or a local one... Something like that is useful when reading news articles ;-p

apostleshadamishe
apostleshadamishe

THE CURE for HIV/AIDS.......AMBUSH

THE IDEA that AMBUSH cures AIDSis being proven by the more than 400 individuals who have taken a dose of 60 ml three times daily for 21 days. The result is that AMBUSH 'KILLS' the virus by causing the protein envelope to rupture and the viral particles are discarded by the white blood cells. AMBUSH is able to 'KILL' the virus that are 'hiding' in the lymph system by its 'natural radioactive' properties. This process allows the body to 'return to normal health' with a corresponding immunity to that or those strains of the virus.

What is AMBUSH ?AMBUSH is a radioactive isotope of uranium that is found in the 'palm' plant of which there are more than 3000 species. When ingested, AMBUSH causes the body temperature in the trunk area to rise to about 102 degrees when the individual is sleeping. The preparation takes four hours per batch, which is then given to the individuals for consumption 60 ml three times daily for 21 days. AMBUSH is a herbal preparation in this form but it contains an active ingredient which is a 'NEW' crystalline substance, a drug from the 'palm plant' similarly to ASPIRIN originating from the willow tree bark

RESULTS:After 21 days on AMBUSH, ALL the individuals experienced a decrease in viral load to undetectable, an increase in cd4, increase in RBC, an improvement in general health such as more color to the face, decrease in Buffalo hump, an increase in gluteal muscles, a decrease to having no joint pains whereby individuals can bend to touch their toes, and walk up steps are but a few examples. There is also a dramatic increase in their sexual appetite beginning after the first week of therapy

DISCUSSION:In any plant concoction such as percolated 'tea', there are 30-40,000 compounds, whi ch would take the scientific community twenty years to isolate one particular ingredient if they knew what they were looking for. The LORD GOD has given me seven steps to isolate the active ingredient, which is soft and metallic in nature and has a carbon- uranium-sulfur-(classified)-phentolamine configuration or structure. This is similar to Federick Kekule and the discovery of the benzene ring where he dreamt the structure.

As an antiviral and 'natural radioactivity' producing agent, AMBUSH is also effective against leukemia, lupus and HPV. Here I am saying that I have 'GIVEN' AMBUSH in the same 'strength' and dosage to patients with leukemia, lupus and HPV. A 35 year old male with HIV found it difficult to impossible to urinate was put on 'green tea' and water while the doctors contemplated prostrate surgery. One of the doctors gave him my number , I sent him a supply of AMBUSH an d he has not been given any more ARV's, since taking AMBUSH 18 months ago, is in 'good' health and has expressed a willingness to be examined by HIV investigators like many others who have taken AMBUSH.

I have sent this 'IDEA' to most HIV research agencies, scientist of the field, universities, hospitals, clinics, politicians and news agencies to which it is REJECTED because the name of THE LORD GOD is mentioned. He has steered me scientifically through the processes such as which plant and how to produce the active ingredient. What are the odds of a Florida Pharmacist picking a plant would contain the CURE for HIV/AIDS ?I have never charged any of the people for their supply of AMBUSH but a life saving has been spent on the project with NO renumeration from any sources because AMBUSH falls outside the walls of modern medicine and research.

PROPOSAL:

My proposal is that I PROVE that AMBUSH CURES HIV/AIDS by giving it to a number of END-STAGE or DRUG-RESISTANT people and the scientific community watches their recovery. This proposal addresses the problem in that I have already outlaid the results to be obtained.

This IDEA is unconventional in that the scientific community has rejected AMBUSH because I say it is GOD given. Secondly if I wrote it according to certain standards, then it might be peer reviewed. However, THE LORD GOD has also shown me that there are five enzyme systems associated with the virus, reverse transcriptase, protease, fusion and two more of which causes the virus to be AIRBOURNE. This means that without DIVINE intervention mankind and ALL warm- blooded mammals will be extinct in a number of years.

The PROOF of what I am saying is found in scientific papers wherein it is found that when the protease cuts the viral strands, it cuts it at DIFFERENT lengths EVERY time, to which it should always be a valine at the end but is a different amino acid every time. This is why it is IMPOSSIBLE to produce a VACCINE.

Since this is NOT a hypothesis but there are about 400 individuals who have taken AMBUSH, here lies a vast area in which to check, recheck and confirm that AMBUSH CURES AIDS. Let it be mentioned that during the HIV reproductive cycle, reverse transcriptase converts viral RNA into DNA compatible to human genetic materials. Thus the human DNA has been 'hijacked' and since each person has a DIFFERENT DNA, then the new viral copy is unique to that person which shows that each individual has a DIFFERENT STRAIN of the virus. Consider two HIV positive people swapping viral strains and increasing its complexity with multiple partners.It can also be proposed that they be revisited as proof that the strain or strains that they had were 'killed' at the time of taking AMBUSH considering that a person can catch as many different strains as there are people who are infected by HIV.I am also willing to work with the scientific community in identifying those individuals who took AMBUSH and wish to be identified with this process notwithstanding that some are stigmatized while others are jubilant,

Once AMBUSH is verified as being able to accomplish that which is aforementioned then the next stage might be the natural and artificial synthesis of the substance.

Finally, if this is accepted or not, believed or not, THE LORD GOD always wins and this is the heavenly truth to which AMBUSH was divinely given to mankind for the CURE of HIV/AIDS and it will be here forever.

The WORLD is therefore COMPELLED to listen......sooner or later....your choice !!!!!

Apostle Shada Mishe.

apostleshadamishe@gmail.com

Here is a video taped presentation that I gave at t he Martin Luther King library in Washington

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

 
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