Designing a Cure for HIV

Published: June 10, 2010

Designing a Cure for HIV

Has HIV prevention become outdated? Can design offer a better solution? Can we design a cure?

HIV is the eight hundred pound gorilla in gay culture that very few people talk about. Men who have sex with men (MSM) account for 70% of new infections. In addition, 34% of new infections were among young MSMs that were 13-29 years old. These statistics do not deter the younger generations of MSMs to protect themselves; in fact these numbers have become obsolete, and irrelevant to them. The MSM demographic has become blind to present prevention methods. Currently Florida, where I live now, has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the country, followed only by New York State. Miami has the highest HIV infection rate of all cities in the US. We have to design a different approach and start a dialogue for better solutions.

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