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Re-Thinking Risk Compensation: A Conversation with Kim Koester

"When we fixate on risk compensation, which assumes that PrEP replaces or substitutes prior protective behaviors it undermines or marginalizes a far more pervasive reality and that is that men are gravitating towards PrEP as an additive element. Men are seeking additional reassurance and protection from HIV. From the perspective of men who see themselves as adopting safer ways of having sex, in terms of HIV prevention, the notion of risk compensation is offensive and confusing."

Published
19 December 2014
From
BETA blog
CDC: Decline in U.S. HIV Infections but Lasting Gaps in Rates of HIV, AIDS and Death

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the latest version of its annual HIV Surveillance Report, "Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2012."

Published
19 December 2014
From
The Body
New HIV diagnoses in MSM in high-income countries

The UK and Australia have experienced recent all-time highs in new HIV diagnoses in MSM, however in Canada and New Zealand, diagnoses are stable. Tony Kirby reports.

Published
15 December 2014
From
The Lancet Infectious Diseases (requires free registration)
Beyond 'HIV Status': Interface Design Is Personal at SCRUFF

As Founding Partner and head of product at SCRUFF, one of the world's largest online gay communities, I have the great privilege of contributing to the design of features that improve the way guys connect. One of the first features our members requested after we launched in 2010 was the ability to disclose HIV status in their profiles. Before moving forward, we wanted to be sure we got it right.

Published
11 December 2014
From
Huffington Post
HPV vaccine, riskier sexual activity not linked researchers say

Sexual behavior of teenage girls does not appear to be impacted by the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, according to Queen's University, Canada researchers Drs. Leah Smith and Linda Lévesque.

Published
09 December 2014
From
Eurekalert
Twenty-One Attempts at Swallowing Truvada

Why are some gay men hesitant about preventing HIV with a pill? A few thoughts.

Published
07 December 2014
From
Slate
The New Face of HIV Is Gay & Young

Infection rates among young gay men are on the rise—and veterans of the fight against AIDS are struggling to find a way to get the message out to the next generation.

Published
03 December 2014
From
Daily Beast
Highest global rise in HIV and AIDS reported in Middle East

Rates of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths are rising faster in the Middle East and North Africa than anywhere else globally. As the world marks World AIDS Day, experts warn that cultural stigmatization and punitive legal regimes mean many patients are left in the shadows unable to access treatment and support, leading to unnecessary loss of life and increasing transmission risks.

Published
03 December 2014
From
Middle East Eye
Only three in 10 Americans have HIV under control: government report

Just 30 percent of Americans living with HIV have the virus in check, putting others at risk of infection, U.S. health officials said yesterday. The report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 840,000 of the 1.2 million people infected with HIV in 2011 were not consistently taking anti-HIV drugs that keep the virus suppressed at very low levels.

Published
26 November 2014
From
Reuters
Hong Kong's new HIV cases hit record high with 195 people diagnosed in Q3

A total of 195 new HIV cases were reported Hong Kong in the third quarter of the year, the highest number ever in a single quarter, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection said yesterday, while a separate survey found that the infection rate among gay men had risen almost two percentage points. More than 85 per cent of new HIV cases were in men, most aged from 20 to 29. HIV prevalence in gay men has risen from 4.1% to 5.9% - a 44% increase in a single year - though this new estimate may partly be due to more people coming forward to be tested.

Published
26 November 2014
From
South China Morning Post
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