We’ve come a long way since HIV first appeared and it was a totally different story then – people didn’t know anything about the infection. Most people called it AIDS then and if you got it, it usually meant death.
Thankfully, things are much different now. We know a lot more about HIV and how to manage it, which means people living with HIV can live longer, healthier lives. HIV is no longer the ‘death sentence’ it once was.
However, just because things have changed it does not mean we don’t need to worry about HIV. It still remains incurable, and is ultimately a life long chronic infection.
With 1 in 10 gay men living with HIV in major cities such as Brighton, London or Manchester, it is likely that many of us are living with HIV, or know of someone who is (whether we know it or not).
Gay men are disproportionately affected by HIV and there has been a significant increase in infection rates amongst young men over the last decade. Whatever your age or HIV status, the reality is that HIV is part of our community and can affect every part of our lives – our health, our families, our friends, our sex, and our relationships. HIV has and will continue to change our lives.
Whether HIV affects us directly or indirectly, lets acknowledge it.
You can find all of this information in 'Sex bomb' - our guide to HIV for gay and bisexual men.
Packed full of information on HIV and HIV prevention, this guide was created for World Aids Day 2008 and designed to target 16 to 25 year old gay and bisexual men.