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Community Announcement from Action for AIDS- 30 May 2008

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Community Announcement from Action for AIDS- 30 May 2008

Dear members of the Singaporean Gay community

Action for AIDS received an email last week about a possible case of infringement of the Infectious Diseases Act (IDA). The complainant emailed AfA and the Singapore Police Force, stating that he is able to provide pictures and the contact numbers of the accused. (See email below)

We are unable to ascertain the facts of this case at this point of time.

However, we would like to highlight this incident and for you to consider the following –

–  Under the IDA anyone who knows that he has HIV, or has reason to believe that he has been exposed to HIV, should inform his sex partners before engaging in any sexual activities and that there might be a risk of contracting HIV from him. Failure to do so can result in criminal charges.

–  Unprotected anal sex carries the highest risk of transmitting HIV. If you are not absolutely sure of your sex partner’s HIV status, you need to protect yourself by using a condom during any sexual activities.

–  The promotion of unprotected anal intercourse under the influence of recreational drugs whether it be on the Internet chat lines or through other ways should not be condoned. It is a sure way of increasing HIV transmission in our community and works against all our interests. AfA would like gay websites to take down such postings

–  While most HIV+ gay men have taken measures to protect their partners and themselves, there remains a small number who make deliberate attempts to spread HIV. It is very difficult to identify and pinpoint this group of individuals. If you have information about such activities, you should post them on the Internet channels.

There are many reasons why people still engage in unprotected anal sex. While we will try our best to educate and inform, we also hope that other socially-conscious and informed members of the gay community will help to spread the word as well.

We would like to encourage the community to stay vigilant to help curb the spread of virus. Together, we can stop AIDS now.

Action for AIDS

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