In an obvious response to the complacent attitude toward HIV taken by some in the gay community, the New York City Health Department has just released a graphic public service announcement that explains "It's Never Just HIV." The 30-second spot informs that those suffering from HIV can also be afflicted with severe osteoporosis, dementia and anal cancer. The goal of the PSA? To increase condom use.
A department official said in a statement: “We have made tremendous progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, but this is no time for complacency. HIV continues to take a major toll on men who have sex with men – regardless of whether they identify as gay – and the virus is spreading more each year in those under 30. This spot should serve as a wake-up call. Unprotected sex is still dangerous, and more partners means more risk.”
The PSA, which will air through January, is AFTER THE JUMP. It includes a graphic image so it may not be all that safe for work.