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Director of Policy and Campaigns

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National AIDS Trust
NAT New City Cloisters 196 Old Street
London EC1V 9FR
United Kingdom

Company Description: The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is the UK's leading, independent policy and campaigning voice on HIV and AIDS. We develop policies and campaign to halt the spread of...   more
Background

Employment History

  • HIV+ Partner On Suppressive
    GMFA

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    GMFA
  • Director
    Policy and Campaigns
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Web References
HIV & AIDS Information :: Social & legal issues for people with HIV - Powers to regulate people with HIV
www.aidsmap.com, 22 April 2015 [cached]
Written by: Yusef Azad, Director of Policy and Campaigns, NAT
This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments.
As highlighted in this recent blog ...
nat.org.uk, 30 Dec 2014 [cached]
As highlighted in this recent blog from our Director of Policy & Campaigns, Yusef Azad, PrEP is not a replacement for condoms, but an additional strategy.
GMFA | Policies
www.gmfa.org.uk, 30 July 2015 [cached]
We have put them here in order that GMFA can be a transparent organisation and to enable GMFA volunteers to have access to all the policies when they need them.
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However, GMFA does not take any legal responsibility for any third party use of the policies.
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Alan Palmer Alan has volunteered for GMFA for three years and ... FS magazine FS - the gay men's health and life magazine. Each ...
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No assumptions should be made about the sexuality, HIV status or views of individuals or organisations featured on this website. | Biographies of contributing writers
GMFA | Unprotected sex (bareback sex)
www.gmfa.org.uk, 13 Sept 2013 [cached]
Condoms are one of the most effective and reliable ways of preventing the spread of HIV (and many other STIs) when you fuck.
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GMFA recommends the use of condoms to prevent the transmission of HIV, especially if you are not certain of your partner's HIV status.
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If you don't use condoms when you fuck, and you have not been diagnosed with HIV, we recommend that you test for HIV regularly. If you are HIV-positive and don't use condoms we recommend that you have full sexual health screens on a regular basis. If you are HIV-positive and don't tell your partner, you could be prosecuted for transmitting HIV if you do not use a condom, even if you have made other efforts to reduce the risk.
What impact does viral load have on transmission risk? Viral load refers to the amount of HIV a person has in their blood, cum and anal mucus. The lower the viral load, the less infectious the HIV-positive person will be.
People who have been diagnosed with HIV are encouraged to have regular blood tests.
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Someone with an undetectable viral load still has HIV and if they stop taking treatment their viral load will become detectable again (and the risk of transmission will increase).
Modern anti-HIV drugs mean that most people with HIV on treatment have a very low or undetectable viral load. Someone with an undetectable viral load is very unlikely to infect their sexual partners. The recent PARTNER study [8], found that in a period of two consecutive years, no-one with an undetectable viral load, gay or heterosexual, who took part in the study transmitted HIV to their partners.
As more people now have an undectable viral load, we are learning more about the impact it has on infectiousness and although, so far, the news is encouraging, you may want to consider that it is very difficult to know exactly what someone's viral load is when you have sex. Viral load tests usually take more than a week to process, so by the time you get your result the information is already outdated. Viral load can go up if you pick up other infections, including other STIs, so if you are in a discordant relationship (one of you has HIV and the other has not) there may be less risk if you are confident that neither of you will pick up an STI.
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The prostate gland can harbour HIV, so the level of virus in a man's cum may be increased if he has recently been fucked. HIV treatments have been shown to be less effective at reducing the levels of virus in anal mucus, so someone with undetectable viral load in his blood may possibly still have high levels of virus in his anal mucus.
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It's true that the less you fuck without condoms, the smaller the chance you will catch HIV. Some kinds of sex carry no risk of HIV transmission (wanking, rimming) and some are pretty low risk (blowjobs, especially if cum doesn't get in the mouth).
What if I only fuck without condoms with guys with the same HIV status as me? It's estimated that one in seven gay men on the London gay scene has HIV [1]. There are no visual signs or sexual behaviours which guarantee someone will be HIV-positive or negative. There are many reasons why someone may not want to tell you their HIV status and lots of men don't know their HIV status, or believe it to be different from what it actually is. Around 16% of HIV-positive men don't know that they have HIV [2]. If you are HIV-negative you cannot safely or reliably find partners who are also negative if you have just met in a bar or through internet sites/apps.
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However, roughly a third of recently-infected gay men have said that they got it from fucking with a regular partner [4]. If you want to stop using condoms with a partner and want to avoid HIV from entering your relationship, you could come up with a plan to avoid HIV.
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If you have any sex with other people, even if it is always with condoms, you should continue to get tested for HIV and other STIs on a regular basis.
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What if I go for regular check-ups?
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Getting tested regularly for HIV will not stop you from becoming infected; it will only tell you if you have become infected.
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There is more HIV in cum than there is in pre-cum, both in the quantity of the body fluid and the concentration of HIV in that liquid. However, it is still possible to get infected from pre-cum, although it is less likely than if the guy doing the fucking cums inside the arse.
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Gay men are more likely to catch HIV from being fucked (being bottom) than from fucking (being top) [6]. Men who do not have HIV have less chance of becoming infected if they are tops and if you have HIV there is less chance of you passing it on to your partner if he fucks you. However, even when topping, you can still get HIV from the anal mucus of an HIV positive bottom guy getting into your urethra. This is how many tops get infected with HIV. Fucking someone without a condom is riskier than giving someone a blowjob, even if they cum in your mouth.
What about hard sex and fisting? If the lining of your arse is damaged, and you get fucked without a condom, there is more chance of HIV being transmitted. The lining of the arse is very delicate and can be damaged easily. If this happens, the body's defences will spring into action, and these are the cells that HIV infects. Therefore, fucking someone who has just been fisted, or had sex toys shoved up his arse, makes it easier for HIV to enter his bloodstream. Gently playing with his arse could reduce the damage of the lining of his arse.
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In one study, 80% of men who had recently become infected with HIV had used poppers compared with 58% of those who remained HIV-negative [7].
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2 HIV in the United Kingdom: 2014 Report.
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Results of a nationwide survey (ANRS-EN17-Presse Gay 2004).
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How homosexual men believe they became infected with HIV: the role of risk-reduction behaviors. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 2007;46(2):245-247. 5 Zuckerman RA, Whittington WLH, Celum CL, Collis TK, Lucchetti AJ, Sanchez JL, Hughes JP, Sanchez JL, Coombs RW.
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Factors associated with HIV seroconversion in gay men in England at the start of the 21st century.
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Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2008;84(1):8-13. 8 Rodger A et al. HIV transmission risk through condomless sex if HIV+ partner on suppressive ART: PARTNER study.
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Related Topics gay, HIV-, hiv positive, barebacking, Positive, LGBT, HIV poz, bareback, condoms, condomless sex, HIV+, AIDS, HIV prevention, bareback sex, serosorting, HIV
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Related Topics gay, HIV-, hiv positive, barebacking, Positive, LGBT, HIV poz, bareback, condoms, condomless sex, HIV+, AIDS, HIV prevention, bareback sex, serosorting, HIV
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Related Topics gay, HIV-, hiv positive, barebacking, Positive, LGBT, HIV poz, bareback, condoms, condomless sex, HIV+, AIDS, HIV prevention, bareback sex, serosorting, HIV
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Alan Palmer Alan has volunteered for GMFA for three years and ... FS magazine FS - the gay men's health and life magazine. Each ...
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No assumptions should be made about the sexuality, HIV status or views of individuals or organisations featured on this website. | Biographies of contributing writers
Staff - Team - About us - NAT - Our team - About us - National AIDS Trust - NAT
www.nat.org.uk, 31 Dec 2014 [cached]
Yusef Azad Director of Policy & Campaigns 020 7814 6732
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