HIV/AIDS has nothing to do with me?!
If you’re not gay or from a poor, African village, you might think HIV has nothing to do with you. And you’d be wrong. HIV infections are rising in the West, spreading through unprotected sex between heterosexuals. In some European countries, more than one third of new infections are in women. More than 65,000 Americans and Western Europeans became HIV-positive last year, adding to the more than half a million people living with HIV in Western and Central Europe, and more than one million Americans who are HIV positive. Antiretroviral therapy has improved survival rates, but it’s not a cure – and it’s not available to everyone: deaths from AIDS have tripled in Eastern Europe since 2000 due to the lack of medication, while AIDS death rates have plummeted in Western Europe and North America thanks to access to the drugs.
Prevention: better be safe than sorry!
Of course it always pays to play safe, but there are situations that are extra risky: