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The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases

The college student had real concern in his eyes when he asked me a question during a recent presentation at American University. “Isn’t it true,” he asked, “that the HIV epidemic continues because people who know they are positive keep infecting other people?” It is a question I have heard before, in one way or another, and it always makes me cringe. Not only does it thrust all culpability onto those living with HIV, it also promotes a narrative that being infected with HIV chemically changes our moral fiber and transforms us into abusive monsters.

Published
28 April 2016
From
My Fabulous Disease
New HIV cases in Ireland up by a third last year

There was a 33% increase in the number of people who tested positive for HIV in Ireland last year. The HSE reported 498 notifications of the virus, compared to 377 in 2014.

Published
08 April 2016
From
RTE
The graying of HIV: 1 in 6 new US cases are people older than 50

Thousands of people 50 and older are diagnosed with HIV each year in the United States, a development that has significant consequences for the health care and social support they need and the doctors, counselors and others who provide it. Older people tend to be sicker when the infection is finally discovered. They usually have other health conditions that accompany aging and often are too embarrassed to reveal their illness to family and friends.

Published
06 April 2016
From
Washington Post
Why a London sex clinic is taking on the dark side of internet dating

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.

Published
30 March 2016
From
Daily Telegraph
Glasgow HIV cases reach highest in decade as numbers quadruple

NHS Greater Glasgow have seen the number of new cases through drug injection more than quadruple last year. They usually see an average of 10 cases a year – but in 2015 that figure soared to 47.

Published
29 March 2016
From
Daily Record
Black gay men reject ‘lifetime HIV risk estimate’ in new CDC report

"I could maybe be okay with yet another statistic if these findings ensured prevention dollars and efforts mirrored the epidemic and matched these findings. Sadly, this won't happen."

Published
02 March 2016
From
Georgia Voice
HIV Mystery: Solved?

 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.

Published
01 March 2016
From
The Nation
Really Rapid Review — CROI 2016, Boston

Here is a carefully curated (I’m joking) list of highlights, a Really Rapid Review™ roughly divided into epidemiology/prevention, treatment, complications, cure — and coffee.

Published
01 March 2016
From
NEJM Journal Watch
High Rates of HIV Found Among Trans Women as New U.S. Studies Narrow Transgender Data Gap

HIV prevention and services for transgender women and men were the focus of several presentations at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC), which took place from Dec. 6 to Dec. 9 in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, the upcoming Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) will feature a plenary session on transgender people -- a first for this research conference focused on HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases.

Published
18 February 2016
From
The Body Pro
“Biomed-matching” Emerges among Gay Men Who Say to Partners, “I’m also on PrEP”

Gay men are engaging in even more nuanced decision-making about sex, report Michael Newcomb, PhD and colleagues in a paper published in Epidemiology and Prevention. They found that it is … Read More →

Published
18 February 2016
From
BETA blog
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