Is HIV still a problem? This question was raised and answered by Steve Schalchilin in this interview (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22786565) Steve is a known actor , singer song writer and has been living with HIV since 1993. He explains quite a good point, I have to say. The fact is the medication is a lot better compared to the early years of HIV. This brings along that people can actually live a healthy and fulfilling life with the disease. The mass hysteria and the taboo about HIV have dropped significantly – Although I would be a fool to say it has left this world – and with that people seem to think that HIV is no longer an important issue. But, like Steve explains, the problem has simply shifted. The exact fact that it isn’t considered as a ‘major issue’ makes that youngsters are no longer informed about HIV. Just like Steve, I have met teenagers who had no clue how it was transmitted or that it is incurable… And because they don’t know, they also don’t practice safe sex. Which would get us right back to the early years of HIV. Because, admitted, the medication is better, but first of all: you have to know your status and start IN TIME with the medication and second of all: it is still a disease that changes the course of your life – and possibly the life of your partner -.
So, what do I think? I think it all starts with education. And I want to be a part in that. So dear DAA-lovers, if you read my articles, just know that I really don’t intend on playing your mom by telling you ‘you should wait with sex’ or ‘ you can only have sex in a relationship’. Hell no, I’ve been quite enjoying my sex life… And let me tell you, that includes multiple partners. Just be a careful, take a condom with you and use it. There might be medication out there, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.