Health authorities are concerned that more and more homosexual men are engaging in unsafe sexual practices, specifically not using condoms, and as a result of that, the number of HIV reports has also risen.
The practice of Serosorting
Furthermore, they learned that a lot of gay men are now participating in a practice called serosorting, which basically means HIV-positive people having sex only with people who also have HIV and non-HIV people having sex only with non-HIV people. However, this type of sexual encounters is not a sure way to not spread HIV. Many people who believe that they are HIV-free may engage in sex with someone who does not know that he or she has HIV.
So, everyone is urged to be careful when having sex. Do not just abandon condoms and stick that practice. Using protection is still a very highly recommended method of safe sex to minimize the risk of HIV spread and transmission.
Why you should get tested
HIV is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and once it enters the body, it attacks the immune system and weakens it. So, anyone who contracts HIV should get tested right away so that it can be diagnosed and treated at the earliest opportunity. Even though there is no medication that can fully get rid of HIV, there are antiretroviral treatment plans that can manage and control the spread of the virus in the body.
If HIV is not tested and treated, it can cause serious complications and progress to AIDS, a very dangerous and lethal disease.