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  • Placing pleasure at the heart of safe sex

    There’s a new sex toy in town – an erotic accessory that increases sexual pleasure and keeps you safe. Because it’s such a potent weapon in combatting HIV the government is distributing them to all corners of the country. Now they just have to persuade young people to use them.

    21 June 2016 | Health-e
  • Health dept in bid to wean girls off sugar daddies - Motsoaledi

    The wide-ranging plan would have five objectives, he said, which include decreasing infections in girls and young women, and decreasing teenage pregnancies. Other objectives were decreasing sexual and gender-based violence and keeping girls in school until matric.

    10 May 2016 | News24
  • New funding for local HIV prevention

    Public Health England (PHE) announces an HIV Prevention Innovation Fund for 2016 to 2017 of up to £600,000 for local prevention initiatives.

    10 May 2016 | Public Health England
  • It’s Tough to Stop Sex, Study of U.S. AIDS Effort Shows

    Researchers have found no benefits from a decade-long attempt to curb the spread of HIV in Africa by promoting abstinence and monogamy. The U.S. has spent more than $1.4 billion since 2004 telling young people in Africa to abstain from sex before marriage and then commit to a single partner. That funding didn’t influence the number of sex partners people had, the age at which they started having sex, or teen pregnancy rates, according to a study published on Monday. See http://www.aidsmap.com/page/2949285/ for more on this issue.

    04 May 2016 | Bloomberg
  • Why a London sex clinic is taking on the dark side of internet dating

    Hook-up apps’ tumultuous crusade into the heartlands of the dating scene have been well documented, with the decline in relationship intimacy and rise in sexually transmitted infections all being attributed to their use. It’s for that reason 56 Dean Street, a Soho-based sexual health clinic which sees 13,000 patients walk through its doors each month, has developed a service designed to tackle the new problems online dating presents.

    30 March 2016 | Daily Telegraph
  • HIV Mystery: Solved?

     Anyone who was following the HIV epidemic in 2001 found the news shocking: a massive study of young gay men in the United States found that a whopping 32 percent of those who were black had HIV. Why, after some 15 years of widespread campaigns in gay communities urging condom use, was the HIV rate among black men so staggeringly high—and still rising? Today, many researchers have shifted their attention to PrEP, a breakthrough that, they hope, will simplify things considerably.  But the effort to turn PrEP’s promise into a reality is providing insight that is valuable beyond HIV. The long, failing attempt to crack the riddle of black gay men’s higher HIV rate is a cautionary tale for any public-health system operating in a world with endemic inequity.

    01 March 2016 | The Nation
  • HIV prevention fatigue: Program engages men who have heard it all before

    An innovative program in San Francisco acknowledges and addresses prevention fatigue, while helping gay and bisexual men improve sexual health and wellbeing. Bridgemen carefully weaves education and discussions about sex and health into events that bring men together socially and for community service projects.

    23 December 2015 | BETA blog
  • New York Revamps Safe Sex

    Has the term safe sex been left behind? The new phrase “Play Sure,” conceived by a marketing team, suggests a new era in which medical technology has made it possible for public-health messaging to seem less anxious and reproving. Implicit in the phrase “safe sex” are the potential horrors of unsafe sex, a castigation of promiscuity. “Play Sure” acknowledges pleasure while promising, essentially, the elimination of risk.

    22 December 2015 | New York Times
  • More on Cash Transfers to Reduce HIV among Adolescents

    Four recent studies emerging from India and South Africa have challenged the prevailing narrative about the benefits of cash transfers for adolescents and raised concerns about unintended consequences.

    08 December 2015 | Center for Global Development
  • MSMGF: Good Gays get a Blue Ribbon, Bad Gays Bear their Cross

    On November 23, the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) announced that it had partnered with gay dating App Hornet to launch Blue Ribbon Boy, “the largest targeted, global HIV viral suppression campaign to date”. The MSMGF hopes to reach 7 million MSM around the world through the Hornet dating platform, asking them to answer a short series of yes/no questions about their sexual health. Then, “Based on their answers, those who qualify will receive a blue ribbon icon on their profile photo signifying their personal commitment to sexual health, irrespective of their HIV status. Men who do not meet the standard will be offered recommendations for ways to protect and improve their sexual health so they can become a Blue Ribbon Boy”. Let’s look at the more disturbing issues arising from an intervention that pits the “good gays” who get a reward against the “bad gays” who bear their cross.

    02 December 2015 | Incidence Zero
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