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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBullion View Post
    If it is such a big risk, why hasn't it happened more over the past 30 years?

    I know you don't intend to fear monger, but please keep in mind that there are people with HIV reading your posts, and you could be causing fear and panic based on no data.
    Apologies, I absolutely didn't intend to worry anybody. Although I would stress that it works the other way too, making people think that it's all good now is dangerous. However, yes, I can understand why some people with HIV may have felt unease.

    However, it is not based on no data. HIV has a very high mutation rate which exacerbates its potential for resistance inducing mutations, which is why we make drugs to target diseases in multiple ways, or at least one of the reasons. So often you can switch to a class of different drugs and often that is fine, unless you develop further resistance and in some cases you can end up running out of options. So for most people, that is manageable, assuming that people can access all drugs, that they can tolerate side effects of different drugs and that those drugs don't interact with other treatments. We are lucky because drugs being developed now seem to be more robust to resistance. The point of 30 years is irrelevant because, and this is important to stress, every time we see mutation in a virus we have the potential for a problem. It could happen in three weeks or three decades. We have no idea what happens when the next mutation occurs, which is why viral mutation is always a risk, regardless of which drugs we have. This is why my point was that the danger is whether we keep up with HIV, because complacency is dangerous. My point isn't that we are all still screwed (again, apologies if this was the impression) because thankfully we live in a time where our access to and quality of treatment is vastly improved (speaking as somebody in the UK), my point is that that situation can change pretty damn quickly and that sometimes people fall into the idea that we don't need to worry about HIV so much now, which may (I stress may) lead people to not take it quite as seriously. HIV is not finished.

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    There's no stopping you, is there?



    Fortunately, newer HIV medications are less likely to produce drug resistance mutations than older HIV medications.

    “Today’s HIV treatments work, really well. Once common, HIV drug resistance has become a quite uncommon thing for patients taking modern medications, even among those with less than perfect adherence,” Benjamin Young, MD, PhD, senior vice president and chief medical officer of the International Association of Providers in AIDS Care (IAPAC), told BETA.

    In addition, some of the newer drugs today are particularly resistant to resistance.

    “Drug resistance is particularly uncommon among people taking first-line HIV integrase inhibitors. This appears to be especially true for dolutegravir (Tivicay), where only a single case of treatment-emergent resistance has been reported during initial treatment. With today’s treatment options, dealing with drug resistant virus is easier, with potent and well-tolerated second-line options,” said Young.
    https://www.sfaf.org/collections/bet...ug-resistance/


    Also:

    New York Says End of AIDS Epidemic Is Near

    In New York, where the first cases of AIDS were reported in 1981, fewer than 2,500 new cases were reported in 2018, the lowest in many years.

    ...Experts in the field say that the progress being made in New York — particularly in New York City, long an epicenter of infection — is the result of a number of factors, including the use of PrEP and the ease of antiretroviral drugs, which suppress levels of H.I.V.

    “Those two things together have been a revolution,” said Jen Kates, director of global health and H.I.V. policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington.
    New HIV diagnoses and infections continue to fall to record lows in New York City

    It's a 64% drop since the city began reporting new HIV diagnoses in 2001, when more than 5,900 people were diagnosed.
    Rapidly declining HIV infection in MSM in central London

    So in summary:

    People, especially men who have sex with men, have not become careless about HIV. And virus mutation and drug resistance have not turned out to be major problems because combination therapy by designs reduces the risk of it happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBullion View Post
    There's no stopping you, is there?





    https://www.sfaf.org/collections/bet...ug-resistance/


    Also:

    New York Says End of AIDS Epidemic Is Near



    New HIV diagnoses and infections continue to fall to record lows in New York City



    Rapidly declining HIV infection in MSM in central London

    So in summary:

    People, especially men who have sex with men, have not become careless about HIV. And virus mutation and drug resistance have not turned out to be major problems because combination therapy by designs reduces the risk of it happening.

    Oh, well good for us in the developed world, that's HIV sorted then. You literally did not get my point, as your collection of news articles shows. Viral mutation is a risk, one that we have dealt with well so far, it does not remove the risk. HIV is still a problem and it can become a bigger problem again, even in developed countries. I'm not going to respond if you just ignore what I've said, it will lead to an unnecessarily confrontation with no potential for resolution. Although, I suspect that situation has already occurred.

    I did not say that people have become careless about contracting HIV, nor was I talking only about people in risk-groups, please do not twist my words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enigma View Post
    Oh, well good for us in the developed world, that's HIV sorted then. You literally did not get my point, as your collection of news articles shows. Viral mutation is a risk, one that we have dealt with well so far, it does not remove the risk. HIV is still a problem and it can become a bigger problem again, even in developed countries. I'm not going to respond if you just ignore what I've said, it will lead to an unnecessarily confrontation with no potential for resolution. Although, I suspect that situation has already occurred.

    I did not say that people have become careless about contracting HIV, nor was I talking only about people in risk-groups, please do not twist my words.
    Right.

    Just knock the scare mongering off and read some current research, please. Your posts are not helping anyone. As I said before, I have been very active in HIV prevention for 15 years. I know my stuff here. And you are basing your posts on false assumptions, outdated data and fear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBullion View Post
    Right.

    Just knock the scare mongering off and read some current research, please. Your posts are not helping anyone. As I said before, I have been very active in HIV prevention for 15 years. I know my stuff here. And you are basing your posts on false assumptions, outdated data and fear.
    Whilst I respect (and admire) your work in HIV prevention, it does not make you right. More authority (assuming more authority at all) is a weak argument at best. Nonetheless, that is probably a good place to let it go whilst civility remains thankfully intact.

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    Has anyone been watching the UK Drag Race? Any favourites. The two runways have been great concepts for the queens to get creative with (HRH Elizabeth II and Bond Girls). Was anyone... put off by Scaredy Kat? Not because he had a girlfriend (drag is for all) but because, how to put this, he almost seemed like he was bragging that he had a girlfriend?

    Quote Originally Posted by Star_Jammer View Post
    Finding out I am HIV positive a few months ago has changed my perspective on quite a few things.
    Some of those things make me feel like a hypocrite.
    Overall, I think I’m optimistic about the situation, but I’m still dumbfounded as to what to do about dating or being sexually active.
    Hey. I know we haven't always gelled, but I think it's really wonderful that you are talking about this and this presence will help others talk about it. It's very brave, it's normalizing it. So you're doing a great thing. I follow Kayden Gray (porn star, he's HOT) on Insta and Twitter, and he's HIV+ and talks a lot about debunking the misinformation and shutting down the scaremongering. So worth listening too, for that. Plus he's hot...



    Quote Originally Posted by BroHomo View Post
    This was interesting and frustrating lol
    ESPECIALLY over the Queer label/usage
    https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/c...4077498c793d95
    It was really interesting to watch (ugh the adverts though, too many). I found the debate over the Q word very interesting, and was pleased to know it's not just UK gay and lesbians that object to it. I also found it FASCINATING not one person on that panel, not one, wanted to "support" LGBTQIA+ as a catch-all (and the moderator didn't even get into LGBTQQIA2+... and now there's a P? I assume polyamorous???).

    Sadly there will never be an umbrella term that will work for all, so... the division continues.

    Quote Originally Posted by Enigma View Post
    Whilst I respect (and admire) your work in HIV prevention, it does not make you right. More authority (assuming more authority at all) is a weak argument at best.
    Disagree. An informed opinion (as in one that is from knowledge gained from relevant research, life experience and specific, detailed understanding of a situation) carries more weight than "an opinion" that is none of the above. That does NOT always mean the informed person is right everytime, or that the "opinion" is incorrect everytime. But to brush aside an informed opinion as the same authoritative standing as... just an opinion, is wrong. IMO.
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    I legit love kayden grey. He seems like such a nice guy and he really knows his stuff. As Kieren said he is definitely super hot but he seems like a guy that’s easy to get along with too.

    I wonder if he would ever try podcasting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silvermoth View Post
    I wonder if he would ever try podcasting?
    I would TOTALLY listen to that; and I agree, he seems really chill. Which I like. He's also very honest and open about his sexual experiences (good and bad). The fact he's so hot does help, though
    "We are Shakespeare. We are Michelangelo. We are Tchaikovsky. We are Turing. We are Mercury. We are Wilde. We are Lincoln, Lorca, Leonardo da Vinci. We are Alexander the Great. We are Fredrick the Great. We are Rustin. We are Addams. We are Marsha! Marsha Marsha Marsha! We so generous, we DeGeneres. We are Ziggy Stardust hooked to the silver screen. Controversially we are Malcolm X. We are Plato. We are Aristotle. We are RuPaul, god dammit! And yes, we are Woolf."

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    Thanks for sharing, Star_Jammer, and I'm glad that almost everyone here was so supportive, especially PaulBullion. Add my voice to the support.

    Kieran_Frost... Scaredy Kat has a friend that's a girl. I really don't want to 'bi now, gay later' but he's really pushing the 'I have a girlfriend' too hard. I think the lady doth protest too much.
    My Drag Race UK favourites so far are Baga Chipz and Divina de Campo. They seem nice, entertaining, talented, and I'm enjoying their looks. The Vivienne and Sum Ting Wong are also enjoyable.
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    'Why?' Just to see the disappointment on your corn-fed, gee-whiz face, Superman. And because a great dark voice on the edge of nothing spoke to me and said you all had to die. There is no 'Why?'

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    http://https://www.yahoo.com/enterta...204232355.html

    I would start watching Ru Paul's Drag Race if Rob Halford were one of the judges.

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    This was a nice break from the cornball love stories and bleak oscar-bait for heteros that makeup most modern queer films.

    In the summer of 1979, gay porn producer Anne sets out to film her most ambitious film yet, but her actors are picked off, one by one, by a mysterious killer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nx01a View Post
    Kieran_Frost... Scaredy Kat has a friend that's a girl. I really don't want to 'bi now, gay later' but he's really pushing the 'I have a girlfriend' too hard. I think the lady doth protest too much.
    Something felt off. I have introduced several str8 guys to Drag Race, and they love it. Str8 guys can do drag, it's not just a gay thing (AT ALL), and I want more diversity and representation in our queens. But something about his attitude... yeah.. Can't put my finger on it, but it wasn't endearing.
    spoilers:
    Not sad he's gone
    end of spoilers

    Quote Originally Posted by nx01a View Post
    My Drag Race UK favourites so far are Baga Chipz and Divina de Campo. They seem nice, entertaining, talented, and I'm enjoying their looks. The Vivienne and Sum Ting Wong are also enjoyable.
    I am currently routing for the Vivienne. I like that she knows who she is, and owns it. Baga's career is now safe, purely off "Much better." It's the new "opulence".
    spoilers:
    I loved Blu in the first episode (that coin dress was EV-ERY-THING!), but boy did he fail on the second. Even the runway felt odd. It was more Austin Powers than Bond.
    end of spoilers

    CATEGORY IS... HRH ELIZABETH II REALNESS
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    Yup. The coin was everything, closely followed by the stamp. The 007 boob window was a miss.
    Scaredy's penchant for spoilers:
    pulling up her dress and showing her panties/diapers
    end of spoilers 2 runways in a row? No, ma'am.
    I think Vinegar is next to go.

    What's really annoying me about Drag Race UK is how [Ru and] every single American Youtube reviewer I've seen tries to do a 'British' accent but fails miserably, then complains about not getting the references. Google is a thing, luvs, as is talking normally.

    Anybody watching Camp Wannakiki or Dragula? They're polar opposites but are fun to watch.
    Quote Originally Posted by The General, JLA #38
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kieran_Frost View Post
    I would TOTALLY listen to that; and I agree, he seems really chill. Which I like. He's also very honest and open about his sexual experiences (good and bad). The fact he's so hot does help, though
    Yeah he doesn’t seem as much of a diva as say, Mickey Taylor is. I remember he and Johannes Lars had a terrible blue on twitter once.

    Haven’t watched drag race UK yet but I bet it’s awesome. Apparently they’re working on an Australian one which will definitely be interesting

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    I enjoyed episode 3. The right queen won and the right queen went home, the runway was good... BUT...
    spoilers:
    How is Cheryl not in the bottom??? Three weeks in a row she's bttm3? Are they just keeping her around to meet Cheryl Cole when she's a guest judge? Then again I think Bagga should have been bttm2 for that horrible metal diaper.
    end of spoilers
    Am I the only one not impressed by any of the lipsyncs so far?

    SO BLOODY EXCITED FOR NEXT EPISODE
    spoilers:
    For years! YEARS, I've said a queen should play Maggie Thatcher! She has so many catchphrases, it would be hilarious, and from the looks of it TWO are doing her. Which is my second "wish list". I've always wanted to see two queens do the same person on Snatch Game. We almost had it Season 7 and 8, and AS4, but one always backs out. NO. Commit.
    end of spoilers

    Quote Originally Posted by nx01a View Post
    Yup. The coin was everything, closely followed by the stamp. The 007 boob window was a miss.
    Scaredy's penchant for spoilers:
    pulling up her dress and showing her panties/diapers
    end of spoilers 2 runways in a row? No, ma'am.
    Agreed. Once is cute, the rest is just boring.

    Quote Originally Posted by nx01a View Post
    I think Vinegar is next to go.
    spoilers:
    And you'd be right
    end of spoilers

    Quote Originally Posted by Silvermoth View Post
    Yeah he doesn’t seem as much of a diva as say, Mickey Taylor is. I remember he and Johannes Lars had a terrible blue on twitter once.
    Ohhhh, spill the tea!

    Quote Originally Posted by Silvermoth View Post
    Haven’t watched drag race UK yet but I bet it’s awesome. Apparently they’re working on an Australian one which will definitely be interesting
    And a Canadian one. Brook Lynn Heights is confirmed as the main judge, with Jeffrey Boyer Hottman as another judge.
    "We are Shakespeare. We are Michelangelo. We are Tchaikovsky. We are Turing. We are Mercury. We are Wilde. We are Lincoln, Lorca, Leonardo da Vinci. We are Alexander the Great. We are Fredrick the Great. We are Rustin. We are Addams. We are Marsha! Marsha Marsha Marsha! We so generous, we DeGeneres. We are Ziggy Stardust hooked to the silver screen. Controversially we are Malcolm X. We are Plato. We are Aristotle. We are RuPaul, god dammit! And yes, we are Woolf."

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