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  • San Francisco Official Says He Takes Truvada to Prevent H.I.V., and More Gay Men Should, Too

    Scott Wiener, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, made an unusual public announcement on Wednesday: He takes Truvada, a daily antiviral pill, to greatly reduce his risk of contracting HIV.

    18 September 2014 | New York Times
  • Houston we have an HIV PR problem

    The most important group who should hear about treatment as prevention, undetectability, sero-sorting and all the other non-condom options, are those who have successfully avoided HIV thus far and are reluctant to get tested. In other words the vast majority of the LGBT population, because they are the ones who are getting the wrong end of the stick when they hear snippets of information about HIV.

    17 September 2014 | Positive Lite
  • Section 28 anti-gay law was great mistake, says top Tory

    Lord Fowler told the Evening Standard: “We have come a long way. It [Section 28] was a great mistake and I think it’s now recognised as a great mistake and I would apologise for it. It was totally misjudged.”

    17 September 2014 | Evening Standard
  • Call for same-sex SRE be statutory in all English schools

    A coalition of LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Intersex) organisations and campaigners have written an open letter to political leaders in the UK, highlighting the urgent need to make Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) statutory in all schools – as well as appropriate for LGBTI young people.

    16 September 2014 | NAT press release
  • Gay people have 'poorer health' and 'GP issues'

    “Lesbians, gays and bisexuals are more likely to have longstanding mental health problems,” The Independent reports, as well as “bad experiences with their GP”. A UK survey found striking disparities in survey responses compared to heterosexuals.

    09 September 2014 | NHS Behind the Headlines
  • Bareback Culture, HIV, and Our Gay Future

    I have commented several times on Facebook about my anxiety over the sudden popularity and push for widespread use of Truvada. I'm not opposed to the use of Truvada, and I agree that it is an exciting development in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, while some reject the idea that the promotion of Truvada among gay men has anything to do with barebacking culture -- and subsequently vilify anyone who makes the suggestion -- it doesn't negate the reality that barebacking has become a widespread practice in gay male culture.

    05 September 2014 | Huffington Post
  • Fear-struck GALZ holds on to HIV data

    Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) on Monday said they are holding on to research data on HIV prevalence among the gay community because of fear of victimisation by the government. A senior GALZ official who requested anonymity said victimisation of gays in the country has not been addressed forcing them to halt interactions at an official level with the government.

    26 August 2014 | Newzimbabwe.com
  • HIV Trends in San Francisco and London: An AIDS 2014 Q&A

    At AIDS 2014 researchers presented findings from a comparison of HIV trends in two major cities: San Francisco and LondonStudy co-author Jen Hecht, MPH, director of program development and operations at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, spoke with BETA about the study findings, what they mean for HIV prevention efforts moving forward

    22 August 2014 | BETA blog
  • Gay Social Networking App Hornet Helps Users Find HIV Clinics

    Hornet will provide users with the ability to designate their HIV status, as a part of its “Know Your Status” campaign. Once a user designates the date of their last HIV test, the application will automatically remind them to get tested again after a designated amount of time.

    22 August 2014 | Towleroad
  • So Why Are So Many Gay Men Opposed To PrEP?

    "About nine months ago, the GUM clinic I regularly attend (the Working Men’s Project at St Mary’s in Paddington) offered me the chance to be part of the PROUD study, which examines the impact on gay men of using Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and I jumped at the chance, not only because I wanted to do my bit for the community, but because it offered me an extra level of protection against HIV, regardless of whether I was using condoms or not."

    21 August 2014 | TheGayUK
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