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  • Maligned Study on Gay Unions Is Shaking Trust

    In 2012, as same-sex marriage advocates were working to build support in California, Michael LaCour, a political science researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, asked a critical question: Can canvassers with a personal stake in an issue — in this case, gay men and women — actually sway voters’ opinions in a lasting way? Last week, their finding that gay canvassers were in fact powerfully persuasive with people who had voted against same-sex marriage — published in December in Science, one of the world’s leading scientific journals — collapsed amid accusations that Mr. LaCour had misrepresented his study methods and lacked the evidence to back up his findings.

    26 May 2015 | New York Times
  • Abstinence-only curriculum is not sex education, judge rules

    California’s sex-education law prohibits school districts from indoctrinating students on the need to remain celibate before marriage or teaching them that abstinence is the only safe way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, a judge has ruled.

    14 May 2015 | SFGate
  • Lottery Ticket Approach Leads to Drastic Reduction in HIV Prevalence

    Researchers funded by the World Bank arrived at a wildly unorthodox and unexpectedly effective strategy for preventing HIV in the African nation of Lesotho: A lottery program that offered participants an opportunity to win cash on the condition that they tested negative for sexually transmitted infections. “As risky sexual behavior, which is responsible for the vast majority of new HIV infections, also involves a risky gamble, lottery programs may better target those at higher risk of getting infected by HIV,” the authors wrote in a World Bank working paper published in March.

    13 May 2015 | Foreign Policy
  • Are scare tactics off the table for public health campaigns targeting HIV?

    Over the last 10 years, public health campaigns in New York City around smoking, obesity, and HIV underwent a dramatic shift to use fear and disgust to spur behavior change, sometimes with the unintended consequence of stigmatizing affected populations. In a new article, scholars explore the implications of this shift to fear-based campaigns in the present public health environment.

    06 May 2015 | Science Daily
  • Texas Bill Cuts HIV Funding, Boosts Abstinence Education

    Texas would cut $3 million in state funds for programs to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and put that money toward abstinence education under a Republican-sponsored measure advanced by the state House.

    01 April 2015 | ABC News
  • What We Know About HIV Transmission Should Influence PrEP Messaging

    It is pretty clear that those who are diagnosed with HIV who are in care and on medicine are not spreading the virus. So why do people continue to discuss PrEP solely in the context of having known HIV-positive partners? And in what ways do we still stigmatize people living with HIV in our discussions around PrEP as a tool to bridge the viral divide?

    26 February 2015 | The Body
  • PrEP in the Spotlight: Sound Bites from Creating Change

    As more and more people start to talk about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), how can we make sure that people are hearing accurate information about this effective way to prevent HIV? What are the messages that resonate with people who might benefit from PrEP, and how can we get the word out to increase PrEP awareness and uptake?

    23 February 2015 | BETA blog
  • HIV Positive Guys Need To Consider Going On Meds Earlier — ACON

    MORE HIV-positive men need to think about starting treatment straight after diagnosis if ambitious targets to end HIV transmission by 2020 are to be met, the head of New South Wales based LGBTI health body ACON has said. The comments come as the organisation launches a major new sexual health campaign that also aims to clear up confusion surrounding one of the newest buzzwords in the HIV lexicon: "undetectable".

    23 February 2015 | Star Observer
  • Condom advert – HIV prevention or infidelity promotion?

    Controversy over an advert on condom use to prevent HIV among married couples led by a cross section of Kenyan religious leaders has left many HIV activists astonished at the ‘denial of reality’.

    27 January 2015 | Key Correspondents
  • Internet filters block websites of sex abuse charities

    The adult content filters being rolled out by some internet providers under a scheme championed by David Cameron are blocking the websites of businesses and charities and are a “distraction” for parents seeking to protect children from online pornography, claim campaigners.

    26 January 2015 | The Guardian
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