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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
New HIV infections in gay men have dropped by a third in England

New HIV infections in gay men have fallen by nearly a third since 2015 across England, New Scientist can reveal. And it may be down to people buying medicines online, against mainstream medical advice.

Published
03 February 2017
From
New Scientist
56 Dean St’s Dr Alan McOwan on London’s recent drop in new HIV infections

56 Dean Street clinic’s Dr Alan McOwan explains how last year London saw a drop in new HIV infections and what needs to be done next to continue this significant success.

Published
03 February 2017
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Boyz
Study examines sexual risk-taking, HIV prevention among older adults in Africa

One of the most common myths around older adults is that they are not sexually active. But a recent study conducted in South Africa by researchers at Indiana University found that older men and women do maintain sexual relationships even into their 80s and beyond. Since older adults are often ignored in sexual health education, the possibility for HIV transmission is heightened.

Published
01 February 2017
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Queensland HIV Foundation uses health statistics to argue case against funding cut

A Queensland HIV foundation set up by the Newman government will lose its funding despite what it claims is its success in reducing the occurrence of the disease to the lowest level since 2008.

Published
31 January 2017
From
Sydney Morning Herald
How Queensland Decreased HIV Notifications By 38 Percent In Two Years

Curiously, HIV's gone down but syphilis and gonorrhea are up.

Published
30 January 2017
From
Huffington Post Australia
HIV diagnoses falling steeply, early figures show: London clinics see hope in increased use of pre-exposure prophylaxis

Early figures from four London sexual health clinics reveal a steep decline in the rate of HIV diagnoses in 2016, raising the possibility that the virus could be managed out of existence in the UK. The fall might be explained by the increased use of medicines called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. The medicines are provided by the clinics but are also for sale online, though they are not available on the NHS.

Published
13 January 2017
From
Financial Times
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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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