Educator: Kerrie Wilde
Assessment Name: Literature Review
Term & Year: Term 3 2012
Word Count: 929
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ARE HIV INFECTIONS AMONGST GAY MEN IN AUSTRALIA RISING DUE TO PERCIEVED EFFICACY OF ANTIRETROVIRAL MEDICATIONS?
Emerging literature suggests that sexual health complacency amongst gay men is being somewhat determined by highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) and the perception that these relatively new drugs protect against death from HIV/AIDS. In recent years, sexual health campaigns have sought to inform the public about HIV/AIDS prevention and personal responsibility; and mostly for gay men who are the primary group affected (Levine & Klausner, 2005), new national online campaigns in the United States reimagine traditional safe sex messages and focus on how the individuals sexual behaviour impacts on health, their partners health and the health of wider community, with particular focus on those living with HIV/AIDS (Levine & Klausner, 2005). Recent campaigns such as “HIV, stops with me” (2007), seeks to empower HIV positive men; to be mindful and responsible for their sexual activity without causing prejudice. However it can be said that this campaign excludes HIV...