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PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THE FIRST THING ABOUT HIV...

Is it me? -or- do we seem to be living in the 80's sometimes man...How is it possible that people still do not seem to know the first thing about hiv, even in this day and age. I knew more about hi / aids  than most of these folks when i was 14! Serious. Very disappointing, the need to do better work to educate teens & adults. Why are there no television spots -or- specials on television -or- something. That's why the brackets keep going up man-ignorance is the culprit man...
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They need to have speakers that teach about hiv / aids-plus allow people see the effects first hand though meetings with people that suffer from hiv / aids and take first hand accounts of every type in order to spread the word to folks...frustrating. Do a film like Al Gore did for global warming-The inconveinant truth about hiv / aids....
277836 tn?1359666174
look at my post earlier yesterday i said the same [email protected] thing dude
loke the one with sperm in a tub medhelp should delete that post its a waste
or dry blood on a piece of tissue man this forum seems to have high school age people who have not been educated
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i agree, i think people were very scared about hiv years ago when they realized it could become an epidemic and since then there seems to be less press.  my best friend has buddies he parties with that never use condoms.  i mean never.  they have banged hundreds of girls and have never been tested.  it seems like they either don't care to know or are uneducated.  yes, heterosexual sex is lower risk, especially for the guy...but come on that is crazy.  it just goes to show that we are worries-yes, but atleast we try to be educated.
277836 tn?1359666174
hell my brother has had many girls many never been tested when i was getting tested i try to talk him into it hell no he says i dont have hiv Well it never hurts just to know
MORAL OF THE STORY
you have people who dont think of nothing but themselfs and do not care
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I wonder how many jocks get the hiv / aids bomb dropped on there a$$e$ because they stereotype there chances of catching the damn thing man...all it takes is for one straight or bi-sexual guy to infiltrate the circle -say some guy that goes with a csw unprotected for instance, does not test and then seroconverts without knowing, ect, ect man...people are going to keep getting Darwin Awards handed to them if they don't learn what the score is man. Families should be talking to there kids and getting tested every year if they have sex...oh well...
277836 tn?1359666174
yes you are right my oldest daughter is 11 years old me and my wife are already on her because it seems kids start younger these days and we want her to know the risk so when she takes that step waaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy later in life she will know how to protect herself no matter what
186166 tn?1385259382
well, well...let me just go ahead and apologize for all the uneducated ppl of the world.  
277836 tn?1359666174
whattttttttttttttttttt
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???????????
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Hey look, many people are uneducated and its real sad, most think that after one time of unprotected sex with someone they say they know well, that they are fine. And people that are in monogomus* relationships say that they are fine. I get tired of people, saying, "i know that im fine, i dont have to get tested". People are naive to think that it cant happen to them. I never thought that it couldnt happen to me, and i also thought that i would never worry about my situation. It definately made me more aware. After doing my research there are some things that are highly unlikely to happen, but the possibility still exist.
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Seems like SOME people are taking the wrong things away from the point of the post-which is not to be down on those who are not in the know but to spotlight the need for the average person to have the knowledge they need to protect themselves / friends and family from hiv right folks...
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I see your point
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Hey Chapeau i sent you a private message, i wanted a personal opinion, you seem like you know what you are talking about.
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Okay...i'll take look and work on it right now.
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LOL
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Instead of dismissing and ridiculing a ww maybe we should be more open and do our thing constructively man-i've got 11 messages between today and yesterday-same questions on the forum, unsatisfactory answered or answered abrasively according to the poster, so don't chastise me, take a look at the demeanor of some of your responses to some. Yes i'm guilty of certain things, but not intimidation or bullying or unrelated banter crushing a thread of the concerned-it's been mentioned to me-the names are private and don't include Tee-38, but some other. None of us are the expert-i've seen everyone leave a response that could use further elaborations-this is what prompts people to continue to ask questions many times over. They feel they have been unduly dismissed my friends. These are mainly threads that i left untouched but other have weighted in on, so go figure, uh....be more accommidating or be an internet critic-your call. I do my best to help, that's all...
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I remember the public health notice advertisrments on UK television in the 1980s. I don't watch television much or read newspapers like I did so I couldn't compare the current public health education in the media with the 80s.
There seems to be a lot in the way of awareness campaigns in gay bars etc after years of new infections in the gay community slowing they are on the increase again and other STIs are out of control. Also free condoms area avilable from most gay bars locally and venues where MSMs go.

I didn't see such a case in London though, an area with higher HIV prvalence. I was in a gay bar in Soho with a girl friend a few months ago and I didn't see a box with condoms. Also in Vauxhall in some of the 'polysexual' (i.e. mixed) clubs, no sign of free condoms. A public health official I was speaking to a couple of years ago at an event I was working at said in Vauxhall there is possibly as many as 1 in 5 people infected.

However in the hetero community which has the fastest rising number of new infections (IIRC particulary amongst women) there doesn't appear to be much in the way of awareness campaigns and if there are they don't run all the time.
A couple of years ago in any bar I was in when one visited the loo there were STI awareness posters at every urinal. These advertising spaces seem to have been taken over by online gaming (the encouragement of risk-taking activities) companies and Satnav companies.
Anything I have seen recently has been campaigning about STIs in general. They have been slick afverts and not with the same gravitas as back in the 80s.

In a recent poll of Scots I saw on the front page of a tabloid a huge number of those polled couldn't name all the routes of infectton. Some thought a cure and vaccine was available.
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There are a lot more ads and commercials today then there ever were in the 80s.
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I considered myself quite HIV aware having had an HIV scare in 2003 with a needlestick injury. I've even lectured friends, women I've been with (protected) who have frequent changes of partner. How on earth I put myself at risk is beyond me.
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I considered myself quite HIV aware having had an HIV scare in 2003 with a needlestick injury. I've even lectured friends, women I've been with (protected) who have frequent changes of partner. How on earth I put myself at risk is beyond me.
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Yes, because sex sells; that's called capitalism? the majority of people do nto want to hear about this deadly virus; they rather see comercials about some skin cream or perfume or make up; that makes them feel good and "look" good.
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I see ads for hiv meds everywhere & campaigns that feature HIV POSITIVE people, as for preventative adds for hiv-i can't think of any...every things mostly centered around on living w/hiv/aids...
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Then you haven't looked.
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Either not looked or the campaigns are not in the media people here have had risks here use or see.
I don't watch much television, read newspapers, I haven't been out drinking or clubbing much recently.
I did see one in a club I was in last weekend. It was on a mirror in the gents and said

'I'll give you one! You don't know what someone with an STI looks like".

That really hit home.
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