Views & Reviews Review of the Week

The safe sex messenger

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2235 (Published 22 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2235
  1. Khalid Ali, senior lecturer in geriatrics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  1. Khalid.Ali{at}bsuh.nhs.uk

    A documentary profiling the work in the 1980s of safe sex warrior Richard Berkowitz is still highly relevant, finds Khalid Ali

    With the resurgence of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases in the United Kingdom, Sex Positive is a timely documentary about Richard Berkowitz, one of those who pioneered the safe sex message to the gay community in the United States in the mid-1980s. Studies in the past two years show that HIV transmission is on the rise again and that, among men who have sex with men, those who know they are HIV positive are more likely to indulge in risky sexual behaviour than those who are not infected or those who don’t know their HIV status (Sexually Transmitted Infections 2007;83:392-6; AIDS 2008;22:1063-70).

    Berkowitz, a …

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