AIDS With Troye Sivan: Let’s Talk About Gay Sex!

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November 16, 2014
6:00 a.m.

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Millennials never witnessed the tragedy that was the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. They weren’t forced to watch their friends die or experience the fear of the unknown — the fear of misinformation.

Some say this removal from the terrible realities of HIV and AIDS has led to a complacency and apathy that is not only disrespectful of a previous generation’s struggles and triumphs, but downright deadly.

The lack of education around HIV and AIDS is staggering, especially in LGBTQ youth communities. So kudos to actor-turned-YouTuber-turned-recording-artist, Troye Sivan, for posting a recent video that lays down the facts for his audience.

Known for playing young Wolverine in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the 19-year-old Australian actor/singer came out as gay on YouTube a year ago, and also recently landed on Out magazine’s annual Out 100 list. Since then, he’s posted regularly on all sorts of topics, most recently, sex. And more specifically, safe sex.

“I just realized that I’m a 19-year-old man, in Australia, who’s had a brilliant education, and I’m gay — and I don’t even know what AIDS looks like, I don’t know, really, what it’s about,” Sivan said, after watching HBO’s recent television movie, The Normal Heart.

Sivan goes on to list ten facts everyone should know about HIV and AIDS, and discusses the importance of condoms, getting tested and anti-retroviral drugs.

While it may seem simple, basic even, it’s heartening to see young influencers like Sivan shed light on this very important issue.

“I think it’s a very, very serious [conversation] that needs to be had.”

We couldn’t agree more.

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