Gay Mixed-HIV-Status Couple Study Has No Transmissions So Far

In May 2012, researchers from the Opposites Attract study, now based in Australia, Brazil and Thailand, began recruiting serodiscordant gay male couples in which one partner is HIV positive and the other HIV negative.

Two years after the study officially started, some stats:

  • At the outset, 84% of the HIV-positive men were taking antiretrovirals. Nearly all had an undetectable viral load, making them vastly less likely to pass on the virus.
  • 58% of the couples reported having intercourse without a condom a cumulative 5,905 times, an average of 67 times each.
  • The HIV-negative partner reported being the insertive partner (the top) for 60% of these occasions and the receptive partner (the bottom) the remaining 40%.
  • 4% of the acts of condomless intercourse were reported to occur when the HIV-positive partner had a detectable viral load.
  • 43% of the couples said they were not monogamous.
Sabe quando aquela pessoa que você tanto ama te ignora e faz questão de demonstrar que qualquer coisa é melhor do que estar com você? Então. É doloroso, é destruidor. Isso machuca, dói a alma, por que você sempre fez tudo que pode, você sempre se deu ao máximo e olha só o que recebe, desprezo. Mas é uma pena, é lamentável que as pessoas sejam assim tão injustas. Elas correm atrás de quem não dão a mínima pra elas e que só as procura quando precisam de algo e se esquecem de quem tanto deu carinho e atenção o tempo inteiro. Porém, eu estou aprendendo. Estou me adaptando as poucos, eu vou mudar. Vou dar tudo de igual pra igual.
—  Você não merece um terço do que sinto por ti.

Congressional Democrats Seek HHS Update on Gay Blood Ban

86 members of Congress have sent a second letter to the fed urging it to speed up its re-evaluation of the lifetime blood ban on blood donated by men who have sex with men.

Prompting this new letter was the recent rejection of donated eyes after the death of a gay 16-year-old who committed suicide. They were rejected because his mother could not confirm her son had not been sexually active.

So far, only one Republican has signed on.

I’m almost 100% sure I shared this already a while before, but I’m going to re-share it, considering I have more followers and blog viewers now, to show what type of things the media tries to pull against any opposition.

Don’t underestimate the power of the media.

It’ll be like slavery.” Given her well-established reputation as a world class idiot, it’s hardly surprising that she should choose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone who knows anything about its barbaric history. So here’s an example:

One of the most comprehensive first-person accounts of slavery comes from the personal diary of a man called Thomas Thistlewood, who kept copious notes for 39 years. Thistlewood was the son of a tenant farmer who arrived on the island of Jamaica in April 1750, and assumed the position of overseer at a major plantation. What is most shocking about Thistlewood’s diary is not simply the fact that he assumes the right to own and possess other human beings, but is the sheer cruelty and brutality of his regime.

In 1756, he records that “A slave named Darby catched eating canes; had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-i-t in his mouth.” This became known as Darby’s dose, a punishment invented by Thistlewood that spoke only of the slave owners savagery and inhumanity.

And he mentions a similar incident again in 1756, this time in relation to a man he refers to as Punch. “Flogged Punch well, and then washed and rubbed salt pickle, lime juice and bird pepper; made Negro Joe piss in his eyes and mouth.” I could go on, but you get the point.

When Mrs. Palin invoked slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate.

Martin Bashir did not actually say someone should deficate in Sarah Palin’s mouth, yet he was fired -I mean, “resigned” for his insightful commentary. It should be noted that Bashir’s comments were in response to Sarah Palin’s outlandishly ignorant comparison of slavery to the national debt

When a reporter asked if she wanted to dial it back, since millions had died, been tortured and raped in slavery, “Nope,” she replied, saying she is not one to be “politically  correct”  

It should also be noted that when Mark Halperin called the President of The United States “a dick" on national television, a simple apology and a few days suspension was enough for MSNBC. It seems that having a White man directly and unambiguously insult Barack Obama is somehow a whole lot less offensive than a non-White man even hinting at what a racist ignoramus Palin is. If you look closely, you can see what White privilege and White Supremacy look like

An FDA panel voted yesterday to partially lift the policy barring any man who’s ever had sex with another man since 1977 from donating blood for life.

By a 16-2 vote, the FDA committee recommended changing the ban to allow MSM to donate blood if they have abstained from sex with men for one year. This doesn’t mean the policy will immediately change, but it provides a strong suggestion for the FDA to take into account.

The ban presumably applies to trans women as well, but the FDA and health groups from other countries also have a history of discriminating against trans people of all genders, whether due to this policy or other vague, equally discriminatory rules (or, because not all trans women sleep with cis men, even no particular rule at all). 

The current ban in the U.S. applies to any potential male blood donor who has had sex with another man since 1977, the start of the country’s AIDS epidemic. The FDA website states that these men are at an “increased risk for HIV, hepatitis B and certain other infections that can be transmitted by transfusion.” The FDA’s Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability examined data and heard testimony on Thursday from critics of the lifetime ban, who say it is discriminatory and now unnecessary, since technological advances have made the risk infinitesimal in most cases.

So this is a really big deal that finally moves us ahead a couple of decades, catching up to countries like the U.K., Australia and Canada, BUT it doesn’t mean the problem is solved. Science and technology have evolved to the point where this ban is pointless and discriminatory, and ultimately limits the amount of blood we could have for those who need it. So, good on ya, FDA panel, but let’s see you take that last big step.