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Zambia, South Africa prevention study finds those with herpes virus facing six times HIV risk

Communities’ HIV prevalence could be predicted “almost exactly” from prevalence of herpes virus, researchers find.

Published
14 April 2018
From
Science Speaks
Study suggests risk of sexual transmission of Zika may dissipate quickly

When Zika infections flared throughout Latin America, there was enormous concern that men carrying the virus could transmit it to women through sex — potentially infecting developing fetuses, if the women were pregnant. But it was unclear how long the risk might last.

Published
12 April 2018
From
STAT
We need to talk about how Grindr is affecting gay men’s mental health

As a gay psychiatrist who studies gender and sexuality, I’m thrilled with the huge strides we’ve made over the past decade to bring gay relationships into the mainstream...But I’m worried by the rise of the underground digital bathhouse. Apps like Grindr, with 3 million daily active users, and others like Scruff and Jack’d, are designed to help gay men solicit sex, often anonymously, online. I am all for sexual liberation, but I can’t stop wondering if these apps also have a negative effect on gay men’s mental health.

Published
05 April 2018
From
Vox
Grindr was a safe space for gay men. Its HIV status leak betrayed us.

The reason many men feel comfortable posting their status underneath a picture of themselves is because Grindr is considered to be for gay men only. No one needs to worry about their straight coworkers, concerned mothers, prying neighbours, or busybody pastors logging on and finding out something they are comfortable revealing only to potential dates and sex partners.

Published
04 April 2018
From
The Guardian
'We need to talk about syphilis'

With syphilis in the UK at its highest rate since 1944, one person recounts discovering he had it asmptomatically when he took a home test. He also tested positive for HIV: "You've got loads of support for HIV, loads of conversations about it. With syphilis, it's not discussed at all."

Published
03 April 2018
From
BBC (Video)
Call to extend HPV vaccine to boys as cancer rates soar

NHS England urged to act after new figures reveal rising head and neck tumours in men: Health officials will soon come under increasing pressure to extend vaccination against the cancer-causing human papilloma virus to young men. Doctors say new figures, to be released in a few weeks, will show that rates of head and neck cancers in men are now rising so quickly that it is imperative the policy is reversed. “To be blunt, the case for giving the vaccine to boys as well as girls is now unequivocal as far as I am concerned,” said Professor Mark Lawler, of Queen’s University Belfast. “We have a chance to eradicate both these conditions – cervical as well as neck and head cancers – and we should not be hesitating.”

Published
01 April 2018
From
The Guardian
The recent trend towards multi-resistant gonorrhoea in coastal China

Alarming data have recent been reported (Yin & Chen) (Y&C) from the China Gonococcal Resistance Surveillance Programme (China-GRSP), covering seven (mostly coastal) provinces in the period 2013-2016. The study is relevant for Chinese national treatment policy, which currently recommends azithromycin monotherapy. However, with an estimated 45% of the world’s 78 million incident cases occurring in [...]Read More...

Published
29 March 2018
From
BMJ Group blogs
Man has 'world's worst' super-gonorrhoea

It is the first ever case that is resistant to the main antibiotic treatment.

Published
29 March 2018
From
BBC Health
Dutch study ties HIV to erection problems in middle-aged men

The researchers concluded that HIV infection itself was linked to a significantly increased risk for problems getting and maintaining an erection.

Published
27 March 2018
From
CATIE
A clue for how to reduce HIV transmission when using hormonal contraceptives

We also used mice to show that increases in tissue permeability and HIV transmission caused by Depo-Provera were eliminated in mice treated with Depo-Provera and Premarin, a vaginal estrogen cream prescribed to menopausal women. This implies contraceptives releasing progestin and estrogen have the potential to avoid the increases in HIV susceptibility caused by Depo-Provera alone.

Published
22 March 2018
From
The Conversation US
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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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