HIV positive gay and bisexual men GBM continue to struggle with the pervasiveness of HIV stigma, but little is known about the health effects of stigma. In this article, suicidal ideation and attempts are measured among GBM living with HIV, evaluating the extent to which these experiences are associated with stigma and suicide. Drawing from an online national survey of Canadian GBM completed by respondents, a sub-set of data provided by respondents self-reporting HIV-positive status was used for the current study. The associations between suicidal ideation SI and attempts SA and four measures of HIV stigma were measured: social exclusion, sexual rejection, verbal abuse and physical abuse. Furthermore, experiencing multiple forms of stigma was associated with significantly increased risk of SI and SA. The authors conclude that HIV positive GBM experience significant levels of stigma that are associated with heightened risk for suicide.
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Five months later, Brian was dead. Now 75, and one of the longest surviving people in the UK with HIV , Michael is a spokesperson for the Terrence Higgins Trust charity to raise awareness about the condition. But in the s, the virus was little understood. Scientists were yet to pin-point why swathes of otherwise healthy people were dying from rare conditions.
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Differences in sexual behaviours do not fully explain why the US HIV epidemic affects gay men so much more than straight men and women, claims research published ahead of print in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. In , over half of new HIV infections diagnosed in the US were among gay men, and up to one in five gay men living in cities is thought to be HIV positive. Yet two large population surveys showed that most gay men had similar numbers of unprotected sexual partners per year as straight men and women.
Since reports of the human immunodeficiency virus HIV began to emerge in the United States in the s, the HIV epidemic has frequently been linked to gay , bisexual , and other men who have sex with men MSM by epidemiologists and medical professionals. The first official report on the virus was published by the Center for Disease Control CDC on June 5, and detailed the cases of five young gay men who were hospitalized with serious infections. It is now well understood that HIV does not only affect the gay community but can also infect anybody, regardless of sex, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.