Those who are at increased risk for becoming infected with HIV are not eligible to donate blood. You are at increased risk if you: have ever taken money, drugs or other payment for sex since 1977
Wait for 12 months after close contact with someone who is at an increased risk for HIV infection. This occurs when paying to have sex, as a result of rape, or when having sex with an IV drug user.
1) I want to donate sperm.
2) I am a heterosexual man who had unprotected sex (all kinds) with HIV-positive prostitutes last year.
3) I am allowed.
Bennett is a busy man, but even he has access to the back of an envelope. A moment's thought might have suggested a few simple test calculations. Suppose he assumes--wildly pessimistically, given current incidence data--that half the gay male population is destined to catch the AIDS virus and die of it. The actual average age of AIDS patients at death has been about 40. (Presumably protease inhibitors will extend average longevity, but that will only increase Bennett's difficulty.) For the number 43 to be the true average death age for the entire population of gay males, HIV-negative gay men would, on average, have to keel into their graves at 46. Looked at another way, if even half the gay male population stays HIV-negative and lives to an average age of 75, an average overall life span of 43 implies that gay males with AIDS die at an implausibly early average age (11, actually).
Against this, Cameron and his supporters argue that, according to their survey of obits, even if they don't have AIDS, homosexual males tend to die by their mid-40s (and lesbians by their late 40s). Some downright peculiar results followed from this inference. One is that--contrary to the opinion of virtually everyone else in the world--AIDS in fact hasn't reduced gay males' life expectancy by that much--a few years, at most. Moreover, the obits also recorded lots of violent and accidental deaths. From this Cameron and company concluded not that newsworthy deaths tend to get into newspapers, but that gays must experience shockingly high rates of violent death. With a perfectly straight face they report, for example, that lesbians are at least 300 times more likely to die in car crashes than females of similar ages in general.
# As a group, homosexual men are twice as likely to use injection drugs as heterosexual men (12-20% versus 6-9%)
# As a group, homosexual relationships last two years on average. In the heterosexual population it's ten years.
It is estimated that around 15% of Montreal’s MSM are currently HIV infected. Results from the Montreal Omega Cohort Study indicate that 12% of MSM practice UAI with casual partners.
the prevalence of reported UAI was 12% among MSM recruited in bars or saunas, but was up to 21-24% among MSM who were HIV-positive.
available data indicate that 10% of the Montreal cohort and 26-30% of the Vancouver cohort who reported safe sex at baseline, disclosed relapse to unprotected anal sex at follow-up six to twelve months later.
56% of HIV-positive men and 40% of HIV-negative men reported having engaged in receptive UAI during the previous 6 months or year.
For men in Montreal, having a casual partner and having at least two regular partners in the previous year were independently associated with high-risk sexual behaviour.
Preliminary data for 1999-2000 show increased reports of rectal gonorrhea among adult males in Toronto and Ottawa compared to earlier years, and a potential outbreak of syphilis among MSM in Calgary. These data suggest increases in unprotected sexual encounters among MSM.
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