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Of the 131 quarterly infections in April to June, 65 were MSM infections and at least some of the 37 infections of so-far undetermined source were expected to fall into the same category, he said. The figure is both the highest quarterly number and ratio of MSM infections on record.
By contrast, Wong said, the trend for heterosexual infections had remained stable in recent years. “The MSM epidemic is a big challenge in HIV prevention and control,” he said, with rates many times higher than other at-risk groups.
Most infections in the MSM community result from unprotected sex. “I am not sure why but maybe some members in the (MSM) community are just ambivalent. They don’t have enough awareness or concern about the risk of infection, or they just ignore the issue,” said Wong.
In contrast to Grindr’s rapid popularity, the Department of Health’s mobile app targeting MSM has picked up few followers so far, Wong admitted.
The most effective way to tackle the epidemic, however, he said, was through safe sex education and regular HIV testing – something currently done by around 40 percent of Hong Kong’s MSM population.
“If safe sex can be taught at an early age, it is useful for future protection,” Wong said. “Interestingly, from the surveys we have done, we found that condom use when an MSM first has sex is correlated with consistent condom use in future.
“We don’t know why but this finding is quite consistent. So it would be useful if they could be taught to use condom when they have sex when they are still quite young.”
Paul Ramscar, a Hong Kong businessman and gay rights advocate who is launching a Pink Dollar smart phone app to promote gay-friendly bars, shops, nightclubs and restaurants, said it would be wrong to single out Grindr for blame in the rise in HIV cases.
“It’s a tragedy when this happens to someone but ultimately the buck stops with the individual. They need to be looking after their own health,” he said. “If they want to take the risks, if they want to play what is effectively Russian Roulette by not using a condom, then maybe there are going to be consequences.”
‘Bachelor’ Ben Flajnik: Did Courtney Robertson Deceive Me?
It sounds like Ben is finally realizing that Courtney was more into winning the competition than falling in love with him while they were filming ‘The Bachelor.’
Ben Flajnik seems completely whipped by cunning Courtney Robertson on this season of The Bachelor. On air, he’s falling hard for her, but he doesn’t see her manipulative ways. Now, after watching the Jan. 23 episode, Ben seems to be starting to realize that Courtney isn’t who she pretended to be while filming.
“One thing I was completely oblivious to was Courtney causing such a stir with the other women,” Ben writes in his personal People.com blog. “I thought that she was just making the most of her moments with me. It’s really hard to not let your mind get caught up in ‘Do I really know that this person is being sincere?’”
At the time Ben was filming episode four, he thought Courtney was being sincere. But now, he seems to be questioning her motives. “I tried to give everyone the benefit of the doubt,” he explains. “I tried not to go into this experience with the fear that I was getting played, but I will say that if I let myself go there, it’s a common fear in any relationship. Am I seeing the real side to this person?”
“While I was feeling all these positive thoughts, little did I know there was a big blowout between Emily and Courtney happening, which again makes me wonder what was I not really seeing in some of the women,” continues Ben. “It’s really hard to navigate this process, especially when I don’t see what is going on between the ladies when I’m not in the room.”
Ben is reportedly secretly engaged to Courtney right now — and it sounds like he may be reevaluating their relationship at this point entirely. “Even though there was drama amongst the women, I decided to rely on my own intuitions and make up my mind for myself,” he shares. “Whether or not this was the right decision, I don’t know, it still remains to be seen.”