Below are answers to some common questions frequently asked by adult gay men in Rhode Island.
- How can binge drinking affect health?
Binge drinking can be very dangerous to a man’s health. It can cause many health problems (like liver failure) and is associated with behaviors that may result in HIV transmission. Binge drinking can be a sign of an alcohol problem. Go to this page for more information.
- What advice do you have for guys who are in a relationship where one is HIV positive and one is HIV negative?
There is no simple answer to this question. This situation is not uncommon and raises many issues surrounding intimacy on emotional and physical levels. One important issue is negotiating safer sex options that work for both of you. A discussion with a doctor would be recommended. Possible options include frequent HIV testing, using condoms, PrEP and PEP, and avoiding certain behaviors (choosing oral sex instead of anal sex). In addition, the Gay Love Coach provides some helpful insights and advice.
- How common is HIV among gay adult men in Rhode Island
It is estimated that there are 3,400 – 4,000 people living with HIV in Rhode Island. This number includes many men who like guys that are in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. In 2011, among cases with reported risk factors, 84% of new HIV infections were among gay/biseuxal men in Rhode Island. These cases were equally distributed among men in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s.
- What resources are there in Rhode Island for building gay friendships and support networks?
When it comes to meeting men in Rhode Island, there is no single gay neighborhood or local hang-out to meet gay men. However, there are a number of gay social groups and sports leagues to explore. Check out the Get Connected page to find out more.
- Are adult gay men protected from discrimination in Rhode Island?
Yes. Check out this link that provides information on anti-discrimination in regards to housing, employment, credit, and public accommodations in Rhode Island.
- Can you give me some tips on safely hooking up online?
If you are meeting someone you met online, tell someone where you’re going (or leave a record at home), be mindful about what personal information you give others, show up for the date with an exit plan so that you can leave if things start to feel out of control, and consider meeting in a public place for the first time to get a sense of the other person. Here is a link that gives some more advice.