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  • Phone apps could help promote sexual health in MSM

    Public health experts hope smartphone apps that men who have sex with men use to meet sexual partners might help in health promotion.

    17 October 2014 | The Lancet
  • HIV Diagnoses Among Young Gay Men: We Need to Act

    I will keep saying it until I'm blue in the face: new HIV Infections have almost doubled amongst 15-24 year olds. I read my briefing over breakfast this morning and I cannot quite describe the feeling in my stomach. How can we, how can I allow this to happen, and how did these data slip out and go largely unreported this week?

    16 October 2014 | Huffington Post
  • Limited support for key populations undermines Ugandan HIV control

    Uganda’s HIV/AIDS control efforts have been undermined by a lack of consensus and clarity over which people constitute Key Populations (KPs) to be targeted in various prevention, care and treatment efforts, say experts.

    16 October 2014 | IRIN
  • HCV sexual transmission: HIV negative may be at risk, more awareness and testing needed

    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is known to be sexually transmitted among HIV positive men who have sex with men, but HIV negative men may be at risk as well, according to recent reports. Other recent studies have looked at awareness of HCV sexual transmission and screening practices, suggesting that improvement is needed in both areas.

    16 October 2014 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • 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
  • Fear causes media to self-censor on sexual minorities in Africa

    What is it about lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people that ties broadcasters’ tongues and melts journalists’ minds in articulating stories on these neglected communities? An obvious answer to this is the four-letter word: fear. Fears grip many journalists in Africa when it comes to the issue of covering these communities.

    14 October 2014 | Key Correspondents
  • Trust, Intimacy, and HIV Testing

    A recent study conducted by Stephenson and colleagues finds that partnered men who have sex with men (MSM) are significantly less likely to get regular HIV tests than MSM who are single. Among a sample of 404 partnered HIV-negative men, less than half (49%) reported getting tested at least once a year, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Partnered MSM are also much more likely than single MSM to engage in anal intercourse without condoms. And, estimates show that as many as three-quarters of HIV infections among MSM in the U.S. happen in the context of primary relationships.

    08 October 2014 | BETA blog
  • Thailand hits party scene to combat rising HIV among gay men

    Over the past decade, HIV has spread rapidly among gay men, transgender people and male sex workers in Bangkok to reach epidemic levels, fueled partly by greater use of illicit party drugs that make people less cautious about sex, experts said.

    06 October 2014 | Reuters
  • Advocates Applaud Launch of MTN-017, World’s First Phase II Rectal Microbicide Study

    IRMA applauds the launch of the world’s first-ever Phase II rectal microbicide trial. The Microbicide Trial Network’s study, called MTN-017, will test a reduced glycerin formulation of tenofovir gel applied rectally. Volunteers consisting of gay men, other men who have sex with men, and transgender women will participate in the study at sites in the United States and in Thailand, South Africa, and Peru.

    02 October 2014 | IRMA
  • Investigating an outbreak of hepatitis C virus among MSM without HIV

    Given the reports about the high-risk practices taking place in London (and likely other cities in high-income countries), it is likely that cases of sexually transmitted HCV are also occurring in some HIV-negative MSM. To investigate this possibility, researchers in London reviewed health-related information collected from HIV-negative patients who sought care at selected clinics in that city.

    01 October 2014 | CATIE
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