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What we should have learnt from the Aids pandemic of the 1980s

Clear and consistent messaging about how best to protect yourself is key and this government has not delivered either

By Jack Kessler  

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“Gay men have as much use for condoms as they do tampons,” was a joke you might have heard in the 1970s. For Jonathan Blake, one of the first people in the UK to be diagnosed with HIV, it quickly ceased being funny.

“I wanted to have sex but I had to stop—I didn’t want to infect anyone,” Blake recalls. While he abstained, his friends started to wear condoms. The behavioural change forced upon gay and bisexual men as a result of the Aids pandemic is…

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