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My life in sex: ‘I used to think HIV was a curse. Now my sex life is better than ever’

These days I try to show my dates that HIV is not a burden, but something that I’ve grown from. My viral load is undetectable, meaning I can’t infect anyone, although I’ll have to take medication for the rest of my life. Dealing with such a heavy subject with defiance, lightness and confidence is, I like to think, sexy. It also allows me to relieve people of their irrational fears of HIV.

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23 hours ago
From
The Guardian
26% of black MSM in PrEP trial diagnosed with STI during follow-up

More than 26% of black men who have sex with men, or MSM, who were enrolled in a pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, trial were diagnosed with an STI in follow-up, and younger study participants had higher rates of STIs than older participants, according to research published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Published
14 January 2019
From
Healio
Should we be concerned some gay men are buying antibiotics online for STIs?

A leading online provider of PrEP also sells the antibiotic doxycycline - but why are people buying it and why are health organizations concerned?

Published
28 December 2018
From
Gay Star News
The Condom King and his mission to combat Aids taboos

Young Kenyans’ ignorance around sex is helping to fuel infection. One man thinks he may have found an answer. According to Africa’s King of Condoms this is why the young must be a focus of HIV prevention. Stanley Ngara, 45, says; "I say to them that what your teacher did not tell you, what your father did not tell you, what your uncle did not tell you, the King of Condoms will tell you."

Published
10 December 2018
From
Evening Standard
Stop blaming PrEP for the rise in STIs – the picture is more complex than that

When MSM seek out PrEP, it is a decision that should be supported. To castigate them is to increase stigma and discourage their engagement with health services. We must encourage PrEP use, accept that condom use may fall as a result, design supportive care and be happy knowing that every averted HIV infection is a life-altering moment.

Published
10 December 2018
From
The Conversation
Testing times: four emerging STIs that you can’t afford to ignore

Although gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis grab most of the headlines, public health officials are warily watching the emergence of other bacterial sexually transmitted infections.

Published
06 December 2018
From
Mosaic
How to Cope When You’re Looking for Love, but Finding HIV Stigma Instead

Members of the POZ Personals community share their experiences.

Published
30 November 2018
From
Poz
The unexpected effects of the HIV prevention pill

PrEP is great at blocking HIV, but as its use grows, so do fears that people will be more sexually reckless and spread other STIs. But researchers are coming to think that the opposite could be true.

Published
29 November 2018
From
Mosaic
Could your favourite birth control put you at risk of HIV?

We could be just months away from knowing whether Depo-Provera use is linked to a higher risk of HIV infection in women.

Published
23 November 2018
From
Bhekisisa
Drugs and alcohol complicate sexual consent, but context can make things clearer

Sexual consent is an important, complex and often awkward topic to talk about. And when people have been consuming alcohol or other drugs, it makes negotiating sexual consent even more complicated. Indeed, drawing the line between consensual sex and assault when a complainant is heavily intoxicated is a particularly difficult area of law.

Published
22 November 2018
From
The Conversation
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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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