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A Problem Shared


Dear Attitude,

I’m in my last year at uni and I ended up having unprotected sex with a guy that I’ve been with before. I guess we just got really drunk and let our guard down. I knew I should have gone to get PEP afterwards, but I thought as we had slept together a couple of times last year it would be OK. I got a really bad flu for a couple weeks, and went to the doctor who suggested I take an HIV test. I didn’t think it was necessary but it came back positive.

It has absolutely floored me. I just didn’t think somebody else my age would be at risk of catching HIV. I told my best friend at uni who has been really supportive. I also told my sister in Ireland in confidence but she ended up telling my mum, who is devastated – we’re from a really Catholic family. My mum wants me to come home straight away, but I can’t until Christmas now and I’m terrified of what she must think of me.

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The Red Issue of Attitude marks World AIDS Day on 1st December, and one of the world’s most successful gay actors Zachary Quinto appears on the cover, with an exclusive interview and shoot. Inside we have an 18 page look at the chemsex problem which has emerged in London’s gay community, and we interview YouTuber Tyler Oakley, legendary broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, pop breakout star Fleur East and author Hanya Yanagihara. Also with the download, you’ll get Attitude’s special Screamers, a 58 page supplement devoted to the horror films and TV shows we know and love.