What's the meaning of "homosexual"? And "heterosexual"? Are there many words in your language to refer to homosexuals? About how many of them would you say are not offensive?
HIV continues to be a major public health crisis both in the United States and around the world. While major scientific advances have made it easier than ever to prevent and treat HIV, there remains no vaccine or cure, and tens of thousands of people continue to contract HIV every year. Insufficient funding for public health programs, ideological opposition to common sense prevention policies, and societal barriers like stigma and discrimination, have made it especially difficult for us to turn the tide against the epidemic. According to the U. If current diagnosis rates continue , 1 in 6 gay and bisexual men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. For Latino and Black men who have sex with men, the rates are in 1 in 4 and 1 in 2, respectively. Transgender people have also been hit especially hard by the epidemic despite comprising a similarly small percentage of the U.
Yet surveying the various panel discussions left me confused. Gay people were once policed as criminal subversives, depicted in the popular culture as deviants, and pathologized by the medical establishment as mentally ill. Now most of America views homosexuality as benign.
The Australian response to AIDS has been widely hailed as the best in the world and it provided a model that was adopted and adapted in a variety of countries and societies. Central to its success was the fact that it was a threefold project: the gay community, the medical profession and the governments were all partners and each played their own unique role in changing the way that people felt and thought and acted. Here I want to focus on the gay community, without whom none of the rest could have operated as effectively as they did.