Take care the next time you are in Coppers

CASUAL attitudes towards sex among modern-day Irish people are contributing to a worrying rise in HIV infection, a health expert warned yesterday.

Prof Sam McConkey, head of the Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons, said 405 people were diagnosed with HIV last year, the highest number since records began in the 1980s.

New figures for the first six months of 2009 revealed that the trend was continuing, with 210 new cases diagnosed, compared to 212 during the same period of 2008.

The largest number of new cases up to June was among heterosexuals (82), followed by gay men (72) and intravenous drug users (18).

Speaking in advance of World AIDS Day, which is today, Prof McConkey, who treats HIV patients in Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital, said he was extremely concerned at the rise and pointed to the contrasting fall in cases in African countries.

Several thousand people may currently be HIV positive and unaware of it but engaging in risky sexual behaviour.

He said factors such as unprotected sex, the rate of ‘partner change’ and sexual activity among minors were contributing to the spread of the virus.

“Average, normal people” who are not injecting drugs are being diagnosed with the disease, frequently having been positive for years and having slept with numerous partners.

Prof McConkey said couples about to embark on a physical relationship should first have a HIV test as a matter of routine.

What would worry me is lads coming back infected after making a pig of themselves on holiday in SE Asia or South America or somewhere. I got tested but it was an uneasy wait for those results I can tell you.

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Got tested during the summer. Some NHS crowd were on the side of the street giving out piss cans to whizz into so I gave it a lash.

Its mentally you need testing…

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i thought you were going out with the same bird for years??..:confused::confused:

also i don’t think pissing into the cup test for aids…they take a blood sample for that…other sti’s can be detected by pissing into the cup but i didn’t think ‘hand grenades’ could be…

you cant catch aids by beating yourself silly like a spider monkey - your safe enough

[quote=“scumpot”]i thought you were going out with the same bird for years??..:confused::confused:

also i don’t think pissing into the cup test for aids…they take a blood sample for that…other sti’s can be detected by pissing into the cup but i didn’t think ‘hand grenades’ could be…[/quote]
Yeah it’s a blood test, I had one done today. They’re also checking me for syphilus too.

do they check that for emmigrating to NZ?

i’d say you’d know if you had syphillus by firstly the pain and secondly your micky glowing an unhealthy shade of green in the dark…

Yeah if you’re staying there more than six months. Chest x-ray too for TB. The doctor reckoned it’s a money making scam. I haven’t heard of anyone with syphilus since the 19th century. As one of our resident historians, can you confirm the last case of syphilus in Ireland?

That’s what the doctor said, just not so eloquently…

i think that is a question more for a doctor than a historian- id say some skanks might still get it

:rolleyes: So you’ve had a test.

Is that it?

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[quote=“scumpot”]i thought you were going out with the same bird for years??..:confused::confused:

also i don’t think pissing into the cup test for aids…they take a blood sample for that…other sti’s can be detected by pissing into the cup but i didn’t think ‘hand grenades’ could be…[/quote]

Clymidia or however you spell it can lie untested for years so felt it was the safer option…

:smiley: . i trust you have conducted some research into this matter.

Did they not give you the umbrella up the japs eye?

No thank fuck. Have heard some horror stories bout that. Apparently your piss travels over the area that is infected. There was some crowd of people with piss cups going into Sainsburys. Extremely common to pick it up

did you come in the top 5% of the 1500 who took the test :D:D

yep made the elite grad programme of the non infected. My cock remains a prized asset in these recessionary times. :thumbsup: