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  • Heterosexual transmission of HPV to male oral tract via oral/genital route indicated by partner data

    A recent study claims to be the first to have established the association of oral infection in males with sexual behaviour, not just on the basis of their reported sexual behaviour, but through the collection of data from their partners.

    15 December 2014 | BMJ Blogs
  • Beyond 'HIV Status': Interface Design Is Personal at SCRUFF

    As Founding Partner and head of product at SCRUFF, one of the world's largest online gay communities, I have the great privilege of contributing to the design of features that improve the way guys connect. One of the first features our members requested after we launched in 2010 was the ability to disclose HIV status in their profiles. Before moving forward, we wanted to be sure we got it right.

    11 December 2014 | Huffington Post
  • Alex Garner: Generations of HIV

    Each generation of gay men has the distinct experience of being uniquely impacted by HIV. One of the best-understood and often explored generational experiences of HIV is the early years -- a time when the disease violently and unexpectedly emerged in the community. Misunderstandings are common between the generations. The problem is that over the past 30 years, we haven't had great relationships between the generations. Perhaps one of the more poignant losses of the epidemic is the loss of a relationship between the generations.

    05 December 2014 | Huffington Post
  • Tyler Curry - Rejected: The Struggles of Dating With HIV

    You are going to be rejected. It is true, and it is going to happen eventually. Someone is going to shut you down before they get to know you because you are living with HIV. It sucks, it isn't fair, and there is nothing that you can do about how they feel. But you can stop equating rejection with loss.

    28 November 2014 | Huffington Post
  • Invisible sexuality: older adults missing in sexual health research

    The Australian Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR), the latest findings of which were released recently, has much to commend it. Like its counterpart, the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL), it provides an illustration of sexual practices of today’s adults. Both studies leave out a significant proportion of the population – older adults.

    24 November 2014 | The Conversation
  • The Welcome Side Effect of PrEP

    A spike in relationships that bridge the so-called viral divide may be an unintended side effect of the use of PrEP for HIV prevention.

    14 October 2014 | The Advocate
  • Choosing to Love Poz Guys

    Jake Sobo writes: "The serodivide is crumbling. Hookup sites that used to allow only two options for HIV status now offer endless choices, from undetectable to on PrEP. Recent life expectancy projections suggest that gay men who test HIV-positive today and start treatment quickly will live longer than those who do not...Unlearning decades of stigma and fear will not happen overnight. It will take time and learning. That’s okay. But the cost of staying in place is too great, both for poz guys who face that stigma and fear on a daily basis, and to our communities which remain divided."

    27 September 2014 | Betablog
  • PrEP, The Pill, and the Fear of Promiscuity

    LGBT academic Ian Lekus compares the furore around PrEP with the one that met the development of the contraceptive pill: "Acknowledged or not, PrEP users — and for that matter, three decades-plus of HIV/AIDS activism — build directly on how the Pill’s early adopters challenged the presumed omniscience of medical authorities. The experiences of the Pill’s first users also remind us to keep a critical eye trained on those institutions and narratives that circumscribe the quest for balancing health, desire, and autonomy."

    25 September 2014 | Nursing Clio
  • Advocates Call for Full Funding of Research on HIV and Contraception

    We call on the donors to ensure the ECHO trial is fully funded without additional budget cuts or delays. ECHO is a randomized clinical trial that would look at whether the three options—Depo, Jadelle, and the copper intrauterine device—affect HIV-negative women’s risk of acquiring HIV.

    15 September 2014 | RH Reality Check
  • Does the global HIV response understand anal sex?

    Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards "sex positive" approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection.

    28 August 2014 | IRIN
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