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
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
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
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
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
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
“When straight guys have a lot of sex, they’re called studs; but when gay guys do, they’re called sluts,” says gay adult performer JD Phoenix, in a new campaign from Public Health Solutions to educate people about PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis).
06 November 2015 | Towelroad
Stigma and discrimination can cause men who have sex with men to fear accessing health services. One way to reach those who either don’t want to or don’t feel able to use sexual health clinics is to go ahead and deliver services where those who need them are. In other words, creating opportunities for healthier “settings”, or more supportive environments for health. A bar, club, or sauna can be developed into a healthy place to reach particular target populations.
02 November 2015 | The Conversation
Smartphone apps have significant reach and therefore offer great potential for public health outreach work specifically for health promotion.
01 October 2015 | ECDC
Tinder has sent a cease and desist letter to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation after a billboard went up in Los Angeles last week that draws a link between dating apps and a growing rate of sexually transmitted diseases.
30 September 2015 | Los Angeles Times