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David Ross Patient

author and long term survivor of HIV

Provocative Articles


Penis Management 101

by David Patient - 31/01/2015
The male sexual psyche has evolved over millennia. It has been the source of great love, art, fun, and yes, war. Some say that men have only five basic impulses, called the Five F's: Fix, Feed, Fight, Flee, and Fornicate. If he can't do one, he'll do the other. We don't agree that these five ... read more


The New A-3B-4C-T of HIV Prevention

by David Patient and Neil Orr - 06/05/2014
The Failure of the ABC Approach For close to 25 years the standard HIV prevention strategy was the ABC sexual behaviour change strategy: Abstain, be Faithful, and use Condoms. Today, This 'old' strategy has all but faded into the background, with only condoms remaining on the tick-list of 'to ... read more


One step forward, two steps back.

by David Patient and Neil Orr - 05/06/2012
On the 1st April, 2014, The South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey, 2012 was released.  Not only has the incidence of HIV increased in SA since the last survey; the rate at which prevalence is increasing is also going up. So clearly, when it comes to our ... read more


In my culture....

by David Patient - 20/06/2012
It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that," as if that gives them certain rights. It's simply a whine. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase - "I'm so offended by that." Well, so f&%king what? ... read more


Accountability:- the individuals role

by David Patient -
This article was written for World AIDS day back in 2006... most of it holds true today. The dictionary defines it as the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable. The next question is: Who is being asked to be answerable to whom? Donors, Aid Agencies, many Governments and businesses have, ... read more


The implications of a drug holiday

by David Patient -
A lot of folks have been 'in boxing' me all sorts of questions around what I am currently going though with my skin problems and coming off my ARVS. So let me rather blog about it and hope that I answer people's questions. If I don't answer your question, please in box me and ''l do my level best ... read more


US versus THEM.... it's all in the spelling!

by Top 40 Magazine - July 2007
Stigma means to 'mark' something or someone with shame. In terms of HIV/AIDS, this includes talking about sex - the main method of transmission - and also how we deal with people who are infected with HIV. Because of the 'shame' surrounding sexuality, we automatically surround people who have HIV ... read more

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