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  • People Are Terrified of Sex

    Research participants thought that you are roughly 17 times more likely to die from HIV contracted from a single unprotected sexual encounter than you are to die from a car crash on a 300-mile trip. In fact it's the other way round.

    14 November 2015 | The Atlantic
  • PrEP: How the Tiny Blue Pill Changed My Life

    Joel Alcaraz writes: "It's been over one year since I have started taking the FDA approved pill called Truvada for HIV prevention. The only sanctioned medicine (aka PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis) that prevents HIV infection. Not even condoms are approved by the FDA to prevent HIV...The LGBTQ community needs to overcome the traumas of the past to heal and move past the stigma of HIV. The HIV rate has held steady for the last decade. Condoms and abstinence alone won't help turn the tide, it's time to kill the fear, because that is what is truly keeping us from being ourselves and living our lives."

    15 October 2015 | Huffington Post
  • San Francisco AIDS Foundation Opens Groundbreaking Health and Wellness Center for Gay and Bi Men

    The San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) is funding the programmatic expansion and renovation costs associated with its groundbreaking new center for gay and bisexual men’s health and wellness at 470 Castro Street. Slated to open in October, the new center is named “Strut” and brings together the foundation’s well-known and popular free services for sexual health, substance use and mental health, and community engagement and support.

    15 September 2015 |
  • 5 HIV-Positive Men Give Advice to Their Former Selves

    Here are words of wisdom on surviving and thriving for those newly diagnosed with HIV.

    01 September 2015 | The Advocate
  • PROUD and PrEPared – why I’m waiting for Truvada

    A London columnist describes why he wants PrEP now for him and his partner – and why gay men in the UK can't get it yet. "Why should trust between partners, even irregular ones, be impossible in gay life? Why too should there have to be an elephant in the room every time – fear (even low level), anxiety, guilt, shame, all for having a fun and intimate experience with a nicer person? This week my partner and I attended the premiere of the documentary ‘PROUD and PrEPared’ – a look at PrEP and the PROUD study in the UK, which centred on just these issues."

    11 July 2015 | Beyond Positive
  • The drugs that protect people who have unprotected sex

    HIV infection rates are on the rise, particularly among gay men. But could a new type of drug treatment - PrEP - be given to people so they avoid catching the disease, asks Mobeen Azhar.

    03 July 2015 | BBC
  • Media portrayals of sexual health research

    A new blog post tackles media representations of sexual health. Each contributor offers their own experience and views: Kirstin Mitchell writes about sexual function; Sharron Hinchliff about sex among older adults, and; Martin Holt reflects on media coverage of gay men, sex, drugs and HIV.

    10 June 2015 | Sexual Health Research Network
  • A gay's guide to undetectable

    What “undetectable viral load” means to you depends entirely on your HIV status, your sexual behaviour, and your definition of risk. With that in mind, let’s unload…

    05 June 2015 | Gay News Network
  • UK male rape charity Survivors UK has state funding slashed to zero despite 120% rise in men seeking help

    Survivors UK, which has received £70,000 a year from the Ministry of Justice for the past four years to fund its counselling services, is now being placed under significant pressure at a time when tackling rape, sexual violence and child sexual abuse has become a key focus for the police and the government following the revelations of Jimmy Savile’s years of abuse.

    28 May 2015 | The Independent
  • Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'

    A UK study on why teenage heterosexual couples may engage in anal sex has revealed a climate of coercion, with consent and mutuality not always a priority for the boys who are trying to persuade girls into having it.

    19 May 2015 | Independent
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