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  • Anti-LGBTQ laws increase risk of HIV, drug use, and violence

    Recently enacted laws in North Carolina and Mississippi and their impact on the rights of the LGBTQ community have brought to light a serious public health issue: an increased risk of HIV and gender-based violence. Laws such as these, as well as in other states, specifically exclude communities from protections against discrimination and create environments with gender inequality, stigmatization, and differential access to services. Together, this can lead to increased risk of violence.

    03 May 2016 | The Hill (blog)
  • When pornography uses condoms, those watching have safer sex

    Men who view more sexually explicit pornography where condoms were used were less likely to have anal sex without a condom themselves. A study shows evidence that suggests pornography can have an important protective function by encouraging men to use condoms. The research is among the first to examine the relationship between sexually explicit media and the frequency of condomless anal encounters.

    28 April 2016 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Why being gay or bisexual gets easier with age: risk of suicide is SIX times higher in younger men

    Young gay and bisexual men are twice as likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than older people with same sexuality, a study has found. Those under the age of 26 were six times more likely to attempt suicide or self harm compared to men over 45. But living in London or with a partner were both found to boost mental health.

    27 April 2016 | Daily Mail
  • Newly Diagnosed HIV+ Men Are Embracing Treatment More Than Ever Before

    Gay and bisexual men who are newly diagnosed with HIV change their behaviour to reduce the chance of onward transmission, according to the results of a long-running Australian study released today. It found that more newly diagnosed men are adopting treatment as prevention (TasP) than ever before.

    26 April 2016 | Star Observer
  • PrEP: HIV drug trials expanding to 2000 men in Queensland after 'brave' government decision

    A groundbreaking new drug tipped to stop the spread of HIV within just a few years will be available to more than 2,000 Queensland men under a $6 million trial program. Pressure had been mounting on the Queensland Government to expand its trial previously offered to just 50 men, after the New South Wales Government upped their program to include 3,700 men and Victoria offered 2,600 men the daily dosage pill.

    26 April 2016 | ABC Online
  • Bangladesh LGBT editor hacked to death

    Bangladesh police say a top gay rights activist and editor at the country's only LGBT magazine is one of two people who have been hacked to death. The US ambassador to Bangladesh condemned the killing of Xulhaz Mannan, who also worked at the US embassy.

    25 April 2016 | BBC
  • How Can We Help Young People Under Age 18 Get PrEP?

    Getting PrEP into the hands of young people at high risk for HIV infection is a priority that experts are now discussing. A recent webinar and Q&A session hosted by HIVE brought together PrEP providers from across the country to talk about some of these issues and share successes and challenges.

    22 April 2016 | BETA blog
  • Gay clubbing and stoic activism in Russia’s homophobic heartland

    Ever since president Vladimir Putin signed a law in 2013 banning “gay propaganda” conditions have got worse for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Russia. The law may be limited in scope but the homophobic rhetoric that surrounded it has led to an increase in violence against LGBT people, according to Human Rights Watch.

    20 April 2016 | The Guardian
  • Shigella: epidemiology in adults in London from 2011 to 2015

    Despite a small decrease in cases in 2014 and 2015, there is a clear sustained excess of adult male cases which likely reflects on-going transmission in MSM within the UK. Further work is needed to reduce transmission of Shigella in MSM.

    14 April 2016 | Public Health England
  • Chemsex: why is gay sex causing straight panic?

    Since last year’s release of Chemsex, described by the Guardian as a “scary but valuable documentary”, the drug-fuelled sexual practices of some gay men have increasingly become a matter of heated debate, both within the gay community and in the national press. But “chemsex” is not receiving the depth of critical analysis it badly needs.

    14 April 2016 | The Conversation
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