17 doctors weighed in:
Is aids still primarily a gay disease?
17 doctors weighed in

Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology
8 doctors agree
In brief: No.
Despite the early description of the disease (grid) as primarily involving men who have sex with men in the United States, more than 80% of infections occur through heterosexual transmission, and over 50% of all hiv-infected people in the world are women.
Mother to child remains a significant mode of transmission worldwide. (clin infect dis 2007; 44:981).

In brief: No.
Despite the early description of the disease (grid) as primarily involving men who have sex with men in the United States, more than 80% of infections occur through heterosexual transmission, and over 50% of all hiv-infected people in the world are women.
Mother to child remains a significant mode of transmission worldwide. (clin infect dis 2007; 44:981).
Dr. Simon Kimm
Dr. Simon Kimm
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
In Africa, it was always transmitted primarily among straights.
In many communities, intravenous drug use is the main route. Anal intercourse is risky but the large majority of gay men do not do high risk stuff. It is practices, not orientation, that creates risk of course.

In brief: No
In Africa, it was always transmitted primarily among straights.
In many communities, intravenous drug use is the main route. Anal intercourse is risky but the large majority of gay men do not do high risk stuff. It is practices, not orientation, that creates risk of course.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not that simple
Gay & bisexual men are most at risk, but many factors are involved.
See the following for more information: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/basics/ataglance.html

In brief: Not that simple
Gay & bisexual men are most at risk, but many factors are involved.
See the following for more information: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/basics/ataglance.html
Dr. Adam Front
Dr. Adam Front
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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes and no
It depends where you are.
In most industrialized countries, including the US and all of western Europe, the large majority of both new HIV infections and currently infected people are men who have sex with men. In most of the world, though, the large majority of cases occur through heterosexual transmission. In all areas, a minority are acquired through shared drug injection equipment.

In brief: Yes and no
It depends where you are.
In most industrialized countries, including the US and all of western Europe, the large majority of both new HIV infections and currently infected people are men who have sex with men. In most of the world, though, the large majority of cases occur through heterosexual transmission. In all areas, a minority are acquired through shared drug injection equipment.
Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: Yes
Yes it is.

In brief: Yes
Yes it is.
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
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Dr. Daniel Ziegler
Emergency Medicine
In brief: That's history
HIV got its first foothold in the United states in the late 70's when gay males were experiencing a new found freedom in the big cities &65 having sex with many different partners.
No one knew the virus existed but the CDC actually backtracked it to a gay airline attendant who brought it into the country. Because it was their problem at first they learned to be safe 1st. Now its more universal

In brief: That's history
HIV got its first foothold in the United states in the late 70's when gay males were experiencing a new found freedom in the big cities &65 having sex with many different partners.
No one knew the virus existed but the CDC actually backtracked it to a gay airline attendant who brought it into the country. Because it was their problem at first they learned to be safe 1st. Now its more universal
Dr. Daniel Ziegler
Dr. Daniel Ziegler
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