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Botswana to revitalize HIV combination prevention

The National Coordinator of Botswana’s National AIDS Coordinating Agency, Richard Matlhare, has warned that complacency risks derailing the country’s AIDS response.

28 August 2018
Revitalising the condom for the next generation – the missing piece of the prevention puzzle

HIV prevention is in need of a re-boot, cried many at AIDS 2018. Where better to start than with the condom, the most simple and effective intervention in our toolkit. 

12 August 2018
Durex recalls condoms over split worries

The company says the products are not passing "stringent shelf-life tests", meaning they could burst.

31 July 2018
BBC Health
Preventing HIV

A response to Patrick William Kelly's Op-Ed, from Dr. Demetre Daskalakis and Mark Harrington.

09 July 2018
New York Times (letter to the editor)
Fears new wonder drug could lead to STI epidemic

As healthcare spending rises to record highs of more than 10 per cent of our gross domestic product, we must be cautious of policy decisions that might jeopardise our wellbeing and add to a ballooning national healthcare bill. Our political leaders must act now to manage the threat of STIs and protect the health of the wider community.

04 July 2018
The Sydney Morning Herald
“Safe Gay Sex” Is Still Happening

The idea of equating “safe sex” to solely condom use is an antiquated notion in the era of PrEP and antiretroviral treatment for those living with HIV.

04 July 2018
'New York Times' To Condoms: Drop Dead

A peculiarly worded Op-Ed talks about disappearing condom use and causes a stir among HIV activists.

29 June 2018
HIV Plus
The End of Safe Gay Sex?

June is Pride Month, a ripe time to reflect on one of the most startling facts about our sexual culture today: Condom use is all but disappearing among large numbers of gay men.

27 June 2018
New York Times
Why we need to stop slut-shaming gay men who want condomless sex

OPINION: And those on PrEP shouldn’t shame those who prefer to rely on condoms, says sexual health advocate David Stuart. PrEP is free for everyone in Paris, France. PrEP protects people who might be vulnerable to catching HIV. It means we can’t catch it regardless of the sex we might have or the needles we might share if we’re injecting chems. But only 5,000 people have chosen to take PrEP in Paris, out of many thousands more who could benefit from it.

25 June 2018
Gay Star News
Statement From ACON And AFAO CEOs In Response To Reports On PrEP And Condom Usage

While consistent condom use with casual partners has declined, the overall use of HIV prevention methods, including condoms and PrEP, among gay and bisexual men remains at close to 70 per cent. Annual 2017 NSW HIV data report shows the lowest number of new diagnoses among gay and bisexual men on record. This decline has continued in the first quarter of 2018.

08 June 2018
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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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