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Healing Austin, Indiana: How town raced to stop America's worst rural HIV plague (three-part series)

Critics say Mike Pence was slow to react as a festering blight, then HIV gripped Austin, Indiana. This tiny city off Interstate 65 is the epicenter of a medical disaster. Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirms Austin contains the largest drug-fueled HIV outbreak to hit rural America in recent history, and "the largest concentrated outbreak ever documented in the United States."

Published
24 April 2017
From
Kentucky Courier-Journal
The real sex lives of gay men - GMFA's biggest survey

GMFA has just conducted its biggest-ever sex survey for the 150th edition of its resource FS. Ian Howley, Chief Executive of GMFA, said: “With over 3,000 responses it gives a fascinating snapshot of the kind of sex that gay and bisexual men in the UK are having, what they enjoy and what they are doing, or not doing, to maintain their sexual health.”

Published
13 April 2017
From
GMFA
Should we worry about the effect of PrEP on STI rates?

One argument you see amongst those critical or worried about the introduction of PrEP is that it will result in big increases in STIs as gay and bisexual men (and indeed others at risk of HIV) throw away their condoms. But does the evidence support such fears? And as importantly, what do those fears tell us about our views of HIV and gay sexual health?

Published
30 March 2017
From
NAT
How many Americans are Gay?

As the LGBT population moves into its full and equal place in public life, many people are asking an old question with new urgency: just how many LGBT Americans are there? After centuries in the shadows, many experts believe that we need a full accounting of the nation’s LGBT population and how they live for legal, economic and health reasons. Now, for the first time, a group of experts from 21 federal agencies are working on a project to figure out how to do just that. The results could pave the way for first-ever surveys of America’s sexual orientations and gender identities and influence everything from local laws to military policy to health care.

Published
27 March 2017
From
Time
New South Wales: HIV notifications fall to five-year low

New data out today shows promising signs of a decline in HIV transmission in NSW. The 2016 NSW Annual Data report shows 317 NSW residents were notified with HIV last year, the lowest annual count in more than five years. This was despite a 21 percent jump in the number of HIV tests conducted in people at risk in public sexual health clinics compared with the previous year.

Published
06 March 2017
From
NSW Government
Meet The Man Who Stopped Thousands Of People Becoming HIV-Positive

“I knew I was doing something of substance, but it’s really overwhelming.” In an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed News, Greg Owen reveals the story behind Britain’s largest ever drop in HIV transmissions.

Published
26 February 2017
From
BuzzFeed News
Report highlights sexual health barriers for gay Asian men in New South Wales

The research shows that sexual practices among gay Asian men in Sydney have changed over recent years. Rates of condomless intercourse with casual partners have increased to 37 per cent from 14 per cent in 2002, now on par with the general gay community. ACON call for effective strategies to enhance HIV prevention and education in the community.

Published
23 February 2017
From
Star Observer
PrEP uses contributes to decline in STI incidence among MSM

Results from a modeling study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2017 indicated that the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention in addition to routine screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, could reduce the incidence of STIs among men who have sex with men, even when condom use was reduced.

Published
20 February 2017
From
Healio
Rape drives HIV and depression

Sexual violence plays a significant role in HIV infection and depression, according to ground-breaking research with women living in Rustenburg.

Published
19 February 2017
From
Health-e
An 18% Decline in HIV Incidence in the US Over Six Years is Not Enough

David Holtgrave and Robert Bonacci: "At a time when some decision makers are considering possibly repealing and/or replacing the Affordable Care Act, which we know provided critical health insurance access for persons living with HIV and helped to avoid HIV transmission, we should instead be focusing as a nation on expanding critical HIV-related services and access to comprehensive care."

Published
16 February 2017
From
Huffington Post
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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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