An HIV/AIDS epidemic is re-emerging in the United States among homosexual and bisexual men who are no longer frightened about the deadly disease and are returning to sexual risk-taking behaviors, public health officials say in a medical journal article released today.
The "silence on this subject is nearly pervasive," [say the authors of the JAMA article].
Too bad the JAMA authors, after slamming the gay community and calling for us to break the supposed silence, didn't go one important step further and advocate that their colleagues who coordinate World AIDS Day themes and actions end their silence over gays and HIV.
I'd like to know how the authors define this silence and how they measure it. Do they want ACT UP-style demonstrations again? Are the authors saying the multi-billion dollar AIDS groups are the silent ones?
The Wash Times further reports:
During the 1980s, community leaders galvanized homosexual and bisexual men with the slogan "Silence equals death." But this year, "AIDS is simply not as frightening as it was," they wrote. AIDS antiviral treatments now allow HIV-positive men to live reasonably comfortable lives and "[y]ounger MSM have largely been spared the visible devastation of untreated HIV infection."
The authors called for public health and community leaders to step up calls for responsible sexual behavior and HIV/AIDS screening and testing.
In addition, leaders "must call for the end of stigma toward MSM, which may mitigate the internalization of homophobia leading to sexual risk behavior" and "advocate for legal domestic partnerships as a way to promote stable, longer term MSM relationships," they said.