To Prevent HIV Infection, Couples Try Testing Together

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From npr.org

“Research shows as many as two-thirds of new HIV infections among gay men these days are within committed couples. That’s very different from the days when promiscuity fueled the epidemic.”

Getting tested for HIV in the U.S. is almost always private, sometimes even secretive. Ditto for disclosing the results.

But some say the approach is outmoded at a time when many at risk for HIV — gay men — are in committed relationships.

Research as many as two-thirds of new HIV infections among gay men these days are within committed couples. That’s very different from the days when promiscuity fueled the epidemic.

The implications of this for HIV prevention are big. AIDS researcher Patrick Sullivan says what brought it home for him was the discovery that gay men in coupled relationships aren’t any more likely to know each other’s HIV status as those with casual sex partners.

“In…

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