It’s World AIDS Day, and even though we are 36 years into this epidemic, many questions still come up around HIV. Fortunately Hornet’s “Ask a Pro” video series has plenty of answers.
Over the course of three decades there have been so many changes with regards to HIV. The first HIV antibody test in the ’80s radically changed things, and it allowed people to know their status and take steps to protect their health.
In 1996 we had the advent of the HIV cocktail, and that completely transformed the epidemic as science finally found a way to successfully treat this virus.
Within the last decade we have seen incredible advancements in HIV prevention with knowledge of “undetectability” and PrEP, and they have been game changers in terms of how we respond to this disease.
But scientific developments also bring many questions, and it can sometimes be a challenge to wrap your head around the various changes. Also, we sometimes just want to know how this is going to impact our daily lives. For many of us that includes an effect on our sex lives.
Hornet’s “Ask a Pro” series provides clear, easy-to-understand answers to questions that many queer men have around HIV.
What does it mean if your boyfriend is HIV-positive but undetectable?
Undetectability is still a relatively new concept, and you should know that “undetectable” means untransmittable. That makes a big difference in the connection we make with other men.
What if you’re just tested HIV-positive? Is your sex life gone forever?
When someone tests HIV-positive, one of their first concerns is often the impact it will have on their sex life. There’s still so much stigma attached to HIV, but we all have a right to pursue a fulfilling sexuality.
What the f*ck is PrEP?
PrEP been around for a while now, but there are still plenty of people who don’t know what it is or how to access it. There’s still much work to be done around PrEP.
Is it possible to contract HIV through oral sex?
HIV and oral sex may not seem like a big deal to some of us, but it’s a question that regularly comes up. Lots of people have worries surrounding it, and fear-based prevention messages still linger, so it’s great to be able to get the facts.
If you want even more information about sexual health, Hornet has also put together a handy Health Starter Kit that provides all kinds of information — on health care access, STIs, mental health and more. You can check it out here.
And remember, World AIDS Day is but one day in the calendar. Taking control of your health and talking about HIV is something we can do all year long.