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New South Wales: Removing disclosure law will help stop HIV spread, health experts say

The offence of having sex without first disclosing you have a sexually transmitted disease will be removed from the Public Health Act next year.

Published
28 November 2016
From
Sydney Morning Herald
New antiretroviral drugs decrease chances of HIV sexual transmission

A triple regimen based on the integrase inhibitor dolutegravir decreases viral load in semen very quickly, reducing transmission risk.

Published
24 November 2016
From
Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL)
End HIV criminalisation, Australian experts say

A group of leading HIV experts are calling for “caution to be exercised” when considering criminal charges against people who recklessly spread the disease. In a consensus statement published in the Medical Journal of Australia, Australian researchers and scientists argue that “criminal cases involving HIV transmission or exposure require that courts correctly comprehend the rapidly evolving science of HIV transmission and the impact of an HIV diagnosis”.

Published
09 November 2016
From
Gay News Network
HIVR4P 2016: Services for female sex workers show low cost impact

Presentations this morning highlighted efforts to reach female sex workers with data from studies in South Africa, Rwanda and Kenya that provided HIV self-testing, antiretroviral treatment, pre-exposure prophylactic use of antiretroviral drugs — PrEP — and other services.

Published
27 October 2016
From
Science Speaks
Large increases in HIV suppression needed to reduce new infections in critical population

Achieving moderate reduction of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) will depend on significantly increasing the percentage of HIV-infected MSM whose viral load is suppressed to undetectable levels, according to a new mathematical model based on data from Baltimore. Access and adherence to antiretroviral therapy are key to sustained HIV suppression, which dramatically reduces the risk of transmitting HIV to others.

Published
20 October 2016
From
National Institutes of Health
HIV Undetectable Does Equal Uninfectious: The Swiss Statement and the Vindication of Pietro Vernazza

The Swiss Statement was a public policy salvo lobbed into the heart of the HIV world -- one that prompted a swift and intense backlash. People called it premature. People accused Vernazza of getting ahead of the science. Some demanded he produce data to prove there had been no transmissions. Others simply called him irresponsible. But it's not 2008 anymore.

Published
13 October 2016
From
TheBody.com
HIV prevention in New Zealand: It's time for a change

With all the scientific breakthroughs and real world evidence we may have a whole range of tools in the toolbox to address this problem, not just condoms.

Published
05 October 2016
From
Gay NZ
Catching Fire: The Realities of the New Era in HIV Prevention and Care

I felt an excitement at the U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) that I hadn't felt for a while. We're at the start of something new, something important, that's just starting to catch fire. I can't tell you how many conversations I had with government, national, and community leaders last week at USCA about what treatment as prevention and PrEP mean for our work and our lives.

Published
04 October 2016
From
The Body
The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping fabulous. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_espkK-vLgc

Published
27 September 2016
From
My Fabulous Disease
On Treatment and Uninfectious, Women With HIV Still Shamed by Misinformed Providers, Public

Many women with suppressed viral loads still experience shame around their status. Many are convinced they're undesirable. Some worry they're still infectious. Others may take extra precautions during sex or avoid the act all together. Then there are those positive women who forego motherhood despite wanting children.

Published
26 September 2016
From
The Body
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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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