The Center for Disease Control has issue a statement that the HIV epidemic is not getting any better in the Atlanta area. As a person who lives in Atlanta, hearing a message like this from the CDC makes my skin crawl.
Obviously HIV is not spread via skin contact or speaking to an infected person. The reason is makes my skin crawl is because people are so dishonest that some will knowingly spread the disease without telling their partners.
According to WSBTV, it is mainly black gay men who are contracting it in massive proportions. In fact, the CDC said in 2016 that nearly half (1 in 2) black men will get it.
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Christian Dacus is a youth HIV policy advisor with Georgia Equality. He said personally, the spike in the number of HIV cases for gay black men in Atlanta is not surprising to him because of the stigma.
“It’s been spun in such a negative way that HIV is a punishment for your sins,” Dacus said.
While it is extremely unfortunate, I agree with that statement. Disease and sickness is a product of being a sinner. Just like death is the wage we all pay for it. Sadly enough, we are all sinners are must pay up one day.
Dacus cited non-acceptance from religion and family, and living a life of hiding a secret as the reason why — despite education and advocacy efforts among gay black men in Atlanta — numbers are not declining.
“When you’re hiding something you’re less prone to go out be more careful, if you will,” Dacus said.
And though condoms are freely handed out in some nightlife venues, Dacus said for those who hide that area of their life, condoms simply don’t come into play.
Even though condoms can protect from HIV, STDs and STIs, “condoms are used to being used as a contraceptive, as a birth control. When you don’t factor in a pregnancy, you don’t feel the need to use a condom,” Dacus said.
There is allegedly a new medical advancement called the PREP pill, which is a daily dosage, which they claim can prevent an HIV infection.
Dacus said, “It may prevent you from contracting HIV, but there are a slew of other STIs you don’t want, so I think condom usage is still something to be enforced.”
Nothing is 100% accurate though, so always be careful.
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