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  • The tale of HIV “dirtiness”, gay sex, and society

    After decades of education and advocacy, it would be reasonable to assume, that the notion of dirtiness in relation to HIV has diminished from our society. However, I would argue that this is not the case, especially if we look into dating apps / websites and the deployment of PrEP.

    26 January 2015 | JZ (blog)
  • Low CD4 count, suboptimal HIV treatment linked to higher anal cancer risk

    People with HIV who experienced extensive immune deficiency or who used early antiretroviral drugs before the advent of combination highly-active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in the mid-90s may be at greater risk for developing anal cancer, according to a retrospective analysis published in the January 28 edition of AIDS.

    23 January 2015 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • Ugandan gays go Bombastic

    The front cover of Uganda's first ever gay magazine shows a man donning purple feathers and a glittering mask above a rainbow and the words: "Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Lives." Bombastic is distributed for free by Uganda's gay community, which has also launched an online radio station, Kuchu Radio, in a bid to fight prejudice.

    21 January 2015 | DPA International
  • The Quest Workshop for Black and Minority Ethnic Gay and Bisexual Men

    Public Health England (PHE) has commissioned The Quest to deliver its flagship “The Quest Workshop”, aimed at reducing health risk behaviour and building resilience, to Black African, Black Caribbean, mixed Black and other ethnicity (BME) gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (MSM). As part of the project, The Quest will be delivering two workshops in London and one in Manchester. The first set of workshops will be taking place in March 2015.

    21 January 2015 | The Quest
  • China reports sharp rise in HIV cases in 2014

    China has reported a sharp rise in new cases of HIV infection last year, highlighting increased incidence of the disease among the elderly and young students. Official media reported a 15 per cent rise in the number of people diagnosed with HIV infections last year over the previous year, with about 100,000 people newly infected in 2014.

    19 January 2015 | Financial Times (free registration required)
  • Five Reasons His HIV Status Doesn't Matter Anymore

    In one of the bright spots of the new year, 2015, the HIV status of the guy you’re dying to get into bed matters less than ever.

    19 January 2015 | Queerty
  • My Gonorrhea Nostalgia

    A common objection to the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is that taking a pill to prevent HIV does not guard against other STI’s and therefore condoms must continue to be used. But when did avoiding every possible STI become the new goal for gay sexual behavior? Syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea are all easily treated and cured.

    14 January 2015 | My Fabulous Disease
  • Anal Cancer and HPV: What do Gay Men Need to Know?

    A CDC recommendation report issued by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released late this summer calls for a better understanding of anal cancer development and screening among a population at high risk—men who have sex with men (MSM). Although there’s still uncertainty about the best way to screen for and treat anal cancer, here’s what we know right now about who gets it, and what to look out for if you’re worried.

    14 January 2015 | BETA blog
  • Egyptian Court Acquits 26 Men Charged With “Debauchery”

    This is the first time a trial court has ever acquitted men accused of homosexuality in a high-profile case, according to human rights activists in Cairo.

    12 January 2015 | Buzz Feed
  • Changing the Gay Online Hookup Experience

    Last fall, Hecht, Tim Patriarca, of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and Dan Wohlfeiler, a researcher at University of California, San Francisco, convened a meeting of gay dating and hookup app and website owners and public health representatives to discuss how websites and apps can create online environments that improve the health of their members.

    12 January 2015 | BETA blog
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