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HIV DIARIES

In Simon’s last column he looks at the rising number of sexually transmitted infections

SIMON WATNEY, 65, LIVING WITH HIV SINCE 1997

RECENT STATISTICS PUBLISHED by Public Health England in June reveal an alarming upsurge in sexually transmitted infections amongst gay and bisexual men, often euphemistically described as “men having sex with men” (MSM). Although the overall total of STI diagnoses decreased by 0·3% in England from 2013 to 2014, the report explains that “diagnoses in MSM rose sharply, with syphilis increasing by 46%, gonorrhoea by 32%, chlamydia by 26%, and genital herpes and warts by 10% each. Gonorrhoea was the most commonly diagnosed. Acute bacterial STI transmission in HIV-positive MSM was about fourtimes higher than that of HIV-negative or undiagnosed men in 2013, showing that rapid STI transmission in dense sexual networks of HIV-positive MSM is occurring”.

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This month’s Attitude cover star is One Direction’s Liam Payne, who gives the band’s first ever solo interview, and first gay press exclusive. Shot and interviewed by Attitude, he speaks out about his relationship with the gay community, and the band’s future. We also have an interview with music’s most profound gay voice, John Grant, the King of Broadway Harvey Fierstein, alternative pop star Peaches, and young adult author James Dawson. We have a feature looking at what really happened at the Stonewall riots, and look back at Emile Griffith, the tragic gay boxing star from the 1960s. This issue also introduces a few new pages to the magazine, including a Books page, the new Readers Question spread, and the debut of columnist Jemal Polson.
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