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posted Friday, October 8, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 41
Dr. J: Do you know your status?
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Dr. J: Do you know your status?

by Dr. Joanne Stekler - Special to the SGN

Joanne Stekler, MD, MPH, is deputy director of community services for the HIV/STD Program at Public Health - Seattle & King County. She is also an internal medicine and infectious disease physician at Harborview Medical Center, and assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Washington.

This is the first in a series of articles that will focus on HIV and other STD prevention and care topics for Gay/Bisexual men and Transgender individuals in Seattle & King County


Two weeks ago, Seattle Gay News ran a front-page story (SGN, 9/24/10) about a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study of HIV infection and awareness of HIV status in 8,153 men who have sex with men. This study included HIV tests and interviews with men in 21 U.S. cities - including Seattle. Key points from this study were:

o Nineteen percent of men in the study tested HIV positive, compared to 15 percent in Seattle.

o Forty-four percent of HIV-positive men were not aware they had HIV, compared to only 15 percent in Seattle.

o Of the 680 men who did not know they had HIV, almost half reported they'd had an HIV test within the last year. Only six percent of Seattle men had never tested before.

So, what do I think about these numbers? Clearly, local Gay, Bi, Queer, and other men who have sex with men seem to be doing better than the national average. The Seattle numbers are all relatively good news and are quite similar to estimates from local Public Health.

It's not surprising that most of the HIV-positive guys in Seattle know their HIV status. There are lots of places in Seattle to get an HIV test. You can get tested at your doctor's office, or at the Public Health STD Clinic, or at Gay City, or at the Center for Multicultural Health. There's even testing in the bathhouses on certain nights of the week.

But despite all these good facts, the number of new HIV infections among Gay and Bi men in Seattle hasn't really changed over the last few years. I wish I knew why.

One reason may be that up to half of Seattle guys who get infected are exposed to HIV by someone who doesn't know he's HIV-positive. Like in the CDC study, someone may have been infected for a long time and never been tested. Or he may have become infected after his last test, but still thinks and tells his partners he's HIV-negative. People are more infectious in the first weeks after getting infected because HIV levels in blood and other body fluids can be really high. It also takes several weeks for the body to make antibodies to the virus. That's why we encourage guys at risk to get tested regularly, and to get an RNA test if you can. You'll hear more about RNA testing in an upcoming column.

If you're a guy who's having sex with other guys, you should get tested every year. If in the last year, you've had a bacterial STD, used meth, had more than 10 partners, or had anal sex without a condom with a guy who had HIV or whose status you didn't know, you should get tested every three months.

You can get tested at any of the places mentioned above. For hours and locations, call 206-296-4649 or go to www.kingcounty.gov/health/hiv.

What's next? Check future Dr. J columns for more about HIV prevention and care, other STDs, and a variety of topics important to Gay and Bi men and Transgender individuals. I'll talk about other points brought up by this study. I'll tell you about what's going on with syphilis in Seattle - and you'll want to pay attention to that, I promise.

The original SGN story: http://www.sgn.org/sgnnews38_39/page1.cfm

The CDC study: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5937a2.htm?s_cid=mm5937a2_w

The Seattle report will be coming soon. Look for it here: www.kingcounty.gov/health/hiv

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