HIV particles red invade a human immune cell. When HIV is transmitted through sex, only the strongest versions of the virus establish long-term infection. A woman is twice as likely to catch the virus from an infected partner in a heterosexual relationship than a man is. And homosexual men are at even greater risk.
At the time the disease only seemed to affect young gay men. Can you imagine the pandemonium that followed? Being the hardest hit community, as much support as possible was needed. More saddening is that within the gay community itself, we crucify those who have the disease.
When HIV first began infecting humans in the s, scientists were unaware of its existence. The medical community, politicians and support organizations have made incredible progress in the fight against this formerly unknown and heavily stigmatized virus. Infection rates have fallen or stabilized in many countries across the world, but we have a long way to go. Image via aids.
Current Chinese studies continue to view male homosexuality through a disease focused lens which pays limited attention to socio-cultural aspects of sexual behavior and HIV transmission. Qualitative methodology was used in this study. During —, in-depth interviews were conducted with 61 self identified gay men in Jiangxi, Henan, Heilongjiang, Guangdong, Jiangsu provinces and Chongqing municipality of China.