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  • Condoms

    Male and female condoms provide excellent protection against HIV and most other sexually transmitted infections. To be effective, they need to be used correctly. Where possible, choose a...

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  • Part II: HIV and preventing sexual transmission

    Part 2 explains why good physical sexual health is important for people living with HIV, and outlines the steps you can take to protect your own health...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Condoms

    Condoms protect against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.Both female and male condoms are available.It’s important to follow the advice on how to use...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Contraception

    Contraception is a way to prevent pregnancy. This allows you to plan a pregnancy for a time when you’re ready to have a child or to avoid...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Unprotected sex

    ‘Unprotected sex’ is a term often used to describe sex without a condom.Using condoms protects against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections being passed on.A person with a...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Female condoms

    Introduced in 1993, the female condom is still the only female-controlled barrier method that has been proven to reduce sexually transmitted infections....

    From: Preventing HIV

    Information level Level 4
  • Condoms and lubricants

    Consistently used condoms provide significant protection against HIV, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), significantly better than any other prevention method....

    From: Preventing HIV

    Information level Level 4
  • Female condoms

    The world’s first female condom, the Femidom, was hailed as the first female-controlled barrier method for preventing HIV, STIs and pregnancy. It was forecast...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

    Information level Level 4
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  • The CEO of HIV

    Michael Weinstein’s AIDS Healthcare Foundation treats an enormous number of patients — and makes an enormous amount of money. Is that why so many activists distrust him?

    26 April 2017 | New York Times
  • How do you do it? Australian HIV campaign puts emphasis on a combination of ways

    Meet Tom, Dick and Harry. Sydney-based health promotion organization ACON’s current campaign singles out different men who “do it”, but who opt for different ways of protecting themselves. “We all have notions of what safe sex means, but we wanted to reflect actual behaviour among gay men and other men who have sex with men,” said ACON Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Parkhill.

    05 April 2017 | UNAIDS
  • Draft Philippine Law Would Boost AIDS Response

    Philippine lawmakers finally took action this week to improve the government’s response to the country’s HIV epidemic, filing a draft law to replace the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998. The bill’s major flaw is its lack of specificity about the crucial role of condoms in HIV prevention.

    22 March 2017 | Human Rights Watch
  • UNAIDS calls for improved access to condoms for all who need them

    On International Condom Day, UNAIDS is calling for countries to remove barriers that hinder access to, and the use of, condoms. Condoms are an effective means of preventing HIV and sexually transmitted infections. For example, the gap between availability and need in sub-Saharan Africa—the region most affected by HIV—is estimated to be more than 3 billion condoms.

    14 February 2017 | UNAIDS
  • New ACON campaign shows there's now more to safe sex than just condoms

    Whilst condoms are mainstay of preventing HIV infections, ACON is sending a message that with options such as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) becoming more commonplace and UVL (undetectable viral load) a common catchphrase, there are other approaches to preventing transmission that don’t always involve a condom.

    13 February 2017 | Gay News Network
  • Knights of Malta condom scandal stretches from Myanmar to the Vatican

    Split in lay order after senior official was dismissed over distribution of free prophylactics and the Holy See hierarchy sought to intervene.

    11 January 2017 | The Guardian
  • Philippines urged to break condom barriers amid rising HIV epidemic among gay men

    RELIGIOUS conservatism and restrictive policies that the Duterte administration has inherited are fueling a rising human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic in the Philippines, particularly among men who have sex with men, a report released Thursday by global rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

    08 December 2016 | Asian Correspondent
  • Californians Reject Condoms in Porn Ballot Measure Proposition 60

    Proposition 60’s defeat was a big victory for Chanel Preston and others in the adult film industry who traveled to hearings and organized in opposition to the ballot measure.

    14 November 2016 | The Wrap
  • How well do condoms protect gay men from HIV?

    In laboratory testing, condoms used perfectly according to directions should be 99.5% effective against HIV with only mechanical failure (i.e. breakage) resulting in infections. Since we are human and tend to not have laboratory-style sex, how well do they actually work in reality to prevent HIV for gay men?

    17 October 2016 | BETA blog
  • HIV prevention in New Zealand: It's time for a change

    With all the scientific breakthroughs and real world evidence we may have a whole range of tools in the toolbox to address this problem, not just condoms.

    05 October 2016 | Gay NZ
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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