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This event took place at 1600 hours yesterday (Sunday 1st December 2019) which was World Aids Day.  Whilst the higher profile participants were from the LGBT communities, there were many others taking part.  There is a quality issue on some of the early photographs of participants waiting for the event to start; this was due to having to take photographs with the sun behind the subjects.  As regular visitors to Pattaya will know, during late afternoon a there is a very strong directional light from the sun coming from the sea towards the land; this can produce dark subjects with a burnt out background.  Just have a look at the long shadows on the ground.   Lesson to be learned from me is carry small portable flash gun for fill in flash, even if I do not expect to have to use it.  My appologies for this.  

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HIV diagnosis rates for straight men in WA now greater than for gay men

Despite HIV rates declining nationally for more than a decade, the
number of straight men contracting the sexually transmitted virus is on
the rise.

In Western Australia this year more straight men were diagnosed with HIV
than gay men. It is the first time that has happened since the AIDS crisis
began in the 1980s.

Among men who have sex with men in WA, the number of people diagnosed with
HIV was 51 per cent lower this year compared to the average over the previous
five years.

But among heterosexual men it was 21 per cent higher, with 26 cases detected
in the past 12 months, prompting the WA Health Department to launch a
targeted awareness and education campaign.

Almost all of those men are aged over 40, were born in Australia and picked
up the virus having unprotected sex with women overseas, most commonly in
South-East Asia.

"These are middle-aged men, anywhere from their late 30s through to their
middle-age, to older men, who have sexual partners overseas, who don't practice
safe sex, they may even have partners they are returning to regularly and don't
see the need for using condoms.

WA refers to Western Australia.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-01/hiv-diagnosis-rates-in-wa-more-straight-man-than-gay/11752598?WT.ac=localnews_perth

 

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7 hours ago, fygjam said:

HIV diagnosis rates for straight men in WA now greater than for gay men

Despite HIV rates declining nationally for more than a decade, the
number of straight men contracting the sexually transmitted virus is on
the rise.

In Western Australia this year more straight men were diagnosed with HIV
than gay men. It is the first time that has happened since the AIDS crisis
began in the 1980s.

Among men who have sex with men in WA, the number of people diagnosed with
HIV was 51 per cent lower this year compared to the average over the previous
five years.

But among heterosexual men it was 21 per cent higher, with 26 cases detected
in the past 12 months, prompting the WA Health Department to launch a
targeted awareness and education campaign.

Almost all of those men are aged over 40, were born in Australia and picked
up the virus having unprotected sex with women overseas, most commonly in
South-East Asia.

"These are middle-aged men, anywhere from their late 30s through to their
middle-age, to older men, who have sexual partners overseas, who don't practice
safe sex, they may even have partners they are returning to regularly and don't
see the need for using condoms.

WA refers to Western Australia.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-01/hiv-diagnosis-rates-in-wa-more-straight-man-than-gay/11752598?WT.ac=localnews_perth

 

26 positive cases in 12 months is  hardly a crisis now is it?

By coincidence I was reading a article yesterday about the aids epidemic which made Edinburgh in the late 70's virtually the aids capital of the world at that time. They have now realized that occurred as a direct result of draconian policing of drug addicts and the non-availability of obtaining clean needles. The article quoted one female drug user who stated that they always shared the one needle for months sharpening it using a match box. The end result was an explosion of HIV/Aids.

Better awareness and a more enlightened approach to dealing with the problem overall appears to have had a positive effect in the western world but there will always be some prepared to ignore the obvious risks of unprotected sex.

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I have three fiends that are living with HIV. Ones in jail, the other two I see every now and then. Both have pretty normal lives.

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Nice set of pics JL..some real "beauties" there. Did you get any phone numbers or trade line account information? 💓

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This trend of days for this, that and any other reason is a bit excessive , soon we wont have enough days in the year for all those "celebrations"

 

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3 hours ago, Yessongs said:

Nice set of pics JL..some real "beauties" there. Did you get any phone numbers or trade line account information? 💓

I can give you the number of the one on the left. 😀

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On 12/2/2019 at 12:24 PM, galenkia said:

I can give you the number of the one on the left. 😀

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Looks like he gave blood...through his shin.

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