The LGBTI world is talking about PrEP coming to England on the NHS, a tropical island paradise, and there are gay dolphins everywhere
England took a massive step towards eradicating HIV this week. Meanwhile there’s good news from the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. And off the coast of Australia, dolphins are having a gay orgy.
NHS England has finally announced PrEP will available to 10,000 people from September.
The drug has proved very effective, when taken properly, at stopping people getting HIV. There is mounting evidence it will have a dramatic effect on the number of people living with the virus. An HIV and AIDS free future is even possible.
Some people were concerned PrEP would lead to people taking more sexual risks and therefore getting a range of other sex infections. But that doesn’t seem to be coming true. The reason appears to be because those already on PrEP – paying for it privately or through a range of other trials and tests – are testing more regularly for STIs.
Only time will tell how effective PrEP will be in eradicating HIV. And the NHS study will deliver important information about who to target with the drug and how to make it as effective as possible.
But we do know, without doubt, that individuals taking PrEP have a far, far lower chance of contracting HIV. I believe the drug will save the NHS a fortune in the long term. But I know it will save a lot of people a huge amount of distress and misery and some serious health complications.
So I think we shouldn’t wait for the trial to finish, but keep pushing the government to make PrEP available to everyone who needs it. Just starting in London, Brighton, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield is nowhere near enough.
Do you agree?
The Cook Islands in the South Pacific may not be the biggest nation in the world but they are standing tall in my estimation this week.
The government there is getting a bill ready that would make homosexuality legal.
The tiny nation is made up of 15 islands and has a population of 21,000 people.
It’s also a former British colony (Elizabeth is still their queen), where we imported homophobia. So we should really rejoice that they are throwing off that colonial legacy.
Anyone else fancy a holiday in a South Pacific island paradise? You buy the tickets, I’ll pack the suncream.
Dolphins are gay sharks, goes the old joke.
And scientists have been observing their homosexuality in practice.
Researching off the coast of Perth, Australia, they found a pod of 15 male dolphins.
‘These dolphins, all but three of them juveniles, organised themselves in four sub-groups in which they were observed engaging in socio-sexual behaviour that included mounting and genital contact between individuals,’ one researcher said.
That’s science-talk for a ‘Finding Nemo and Chill’ party.
They also like showing off their synchronised swimming displays.
So if you are feeling gloomy today, just remember that far away, in a tropical sea, a pod of dolphins are engaged in synchronised gay sex. The world’s not such a bad place.
What do you think?
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