AIDS High Rate Infection in Homosexual Men Continues
- Submitted by: manso
- 07 / 02 / 2011
2011.07.01 - 16:10:46 / radiorebelde.icrt.cu / Havana, Cuba.- To raise public awareness on the risk about homosexual men sexual intercourse (HSH), it is one of the main goals of the current AIDs National Program of Control and Prevention, taking into account that this is the most affected group by the epidemic in Cuba.
According to specialist Manuel Hernández from the AIDs National Center of Prevention, this happens due to diverse factors such as the epidemic vulnerability and homophobic behaviors.
With relation to the first factor, Hernández explained that the virus circulation in that group is bigger. Therefore, if one individual of the group HSH has unprotected sexual relations the risk of getting contact with Aids is high.
Regarding the second factor, Hernández also said that the homophobic behaviors are very damaging as they cause situations of domestic violence, rejection and social exclusion, verbal aggression, as well as a low self esteem, thus becoming in insecure individuals or transgressor of the social norms.
“These situations made homosexuals to become passive individuals during sexual intercourse, individuals unable to negotiate the use of condom as they feel emotionally defenseless from a psychological point of view.” Hernández highlighted.
Aids has not had a cure yet
There are only treatments that can prolong life. Therefore, it is important that people get to know immediately their serology´s condition in case of any doubt. The specialist added.
“There are anonymous and confidential tests and in case an individual was positive that does not mean that everyone would know the information as that is not the procedure. There is a professional ethics in that sense, therefore, to know the serology´s condition is necessary taking into account that if it is early diagnosed it may be possible to live many years,” Hernández pointed out.
New cases of AIDS are reported in Cuba annually. Today the Cuban capital exhibit the largest number of persons infected. Therefore, the efforts made by the AIDS National Prevention Program are aimed at increasing the educational strategies in places and groups of high vulnerability, as well as to provide practical hints to achieve safe sexual behaviors. By Laura E. Pérez Ceruto and Translated by: Juan Carlos Caballero Puig