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HIV AND ME (AND EVERYONE!)

TEN YEARS SINCE HIS HIV-POSITIVE DIAGNOSIS, MARIO FORGIONE REFLECTS ON HIS PHYSICAL HEALTH, HIS STATE OF MIND AND HOW HIS EXPECTATIONS OF LIVING WITH HIV COMPARES TO HIS ACTUAL EXPERIENCE.

WORLD AIDS DAY: DECEMBER 1

MAN TO MAN

DNA writer Mario Forgione today and (inset) ten years earlier before his HIV-positive diagnosis.

In June 1981, a report was first published in the USA about a mysterious new illness that resulted in the death of several men – all happened to be gay. Initially, this new disease was called GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency), mistakenly suggesting an inherent link between homosexuality and the illness. That misconception still persists today in some quarters, feeding a stigma that’s hard to shake off.

The term “AIDS” was coined in 1982; “HIV” was first used in 1986. As it turned out, HIV proved to be less discriminating about who it targeted and went on to infect tens of millions of people worldwide regardless of race, age, gender and sexual orientation. The early strain of the virus was brutal. The newly infected would die within the space of a few months to two years. Since then, scientists have identified more than 60 different strains of the HIV virus. Its ability to adapt and mutate is the reason why a vaccine is still out of reach.

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As the temperature soars Down Under we showcase the best men's swimwear for 2017 with 26 pages of Banging’ Beachwear For Blokes. We also check out the latest in leather and fetishwear from Aussie brand, Army Of Men. In news features we ask WTF America? How did Trumpty Dumpty get to sit on the wall? We also take a look at the crazy opinions expressed by Vice President-elect Mike Pence. It’s not pretty! We visit Jamaica, where things are slowly improving for civil rights, and we hear the harrowing stories of refugees arriving on Europe's southern shores. In a tragic year for music, we look at the life and career of Dead Or Alive's Pete Burns, but in good news catch up with ’80s gender bender, Marilyn. He's back, off drugs and ready to kickstart his career. Plus, Josh Thomas talks about life on his hit TV show, Please Like Me. Harvey Fierstein talks Kinky Boots and why he makes bad television! DNA's Dr Zac shows how to Make Yourself The Perfect Summer Package, while sexy chef Jordan Bruno puts some heat in the kitchen and on your plate. Our regular Man To Man columnist Mario Forgione discusses ten years of life with HIV. It's hot. It's happening. You want it!
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