This article was published on October 3rd, 2012
It’s been nearly three decades since the HIV/AIDS crisis. Awareness, education, prevention and safer sex programs have helped reduce the spread of virus. As infections continue, impacting our friends, our families and our communities, it’s important to stop for a moment and think about some cold, hard facts.
- There has been an increase in sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). STI’s make it easier to give or get HIV.
- The Ontario, there is more gonorrhea, and it is harder to treat because it is drug resistant. Gone untreated, gonorrhea can cause serious health problems, including fatality.
- There are multiple strains of HIV, some of which are resistant to some HIV treatments.
- Hepatitis C can be difficult to treat, and can be fatal to people living with HIV.
- Undetectable viral loads means there is less chance of transmitting HIV, not no chance. Using condoms during intercourse with someone who has undetectable viral load means there is almost no chance of transmission.
Make smart sexual decisions. Do you practice safer-sex? Leave a comment on this blog post with your tips and advice to others to practice safer-sex.