Your Ideas Please – Elderly HIV Prevention
I am starting a series called ‘Your Ideas Please’. This is really to listen to different ideas and get everyone more involved in medical issues that affect our lives.
At intervals we will have different topics and I really hope you can contribute your ideas and opinions. I am also looking forward to a lively debate on various topics. No flaming please; everyone is entitled to their point of view.
Let’s kick things off with a particularly thorny issue that was raised in one of my meeting with our health authorities on HIV prevention.
There is one particular group of people that is very difficult to target in terms of HIV education and prevention.
This is the group of men in their 50’s to 60’s often of a low education level. They do not have any dependents and are working as drivers or equivalent jobs. They often go to Batam where commercial sex is cheap. They never use a condom and have the idea that ‘so what if I have HIV? I don’t have many years to live anyway. I do not have any sex with my wife. So if I catch HIV I’ll just die and won’t hurt anyone.’
So anyone has any good ideas on how to reach out to them to start using condoms and go for HIV testing? Or do you think their logic makes sense?
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About Dr. Tan
Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.