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  • Chemsex is here to stay

    The media is not demonising gay people; it is reporting something that is becoming rife within the gay community. Those who are not comfortable with it perhaps should take an honest look at themselves, as it seems the truth always lies among the many cracks in our soul.

    03 February 2016 | FS Magazine
  • Gay Men Are Using Condoms Less, But Their Use Varies Based on Context

    Condom use is declining among men who have sex with men. In a large survey of MSM in major urban areas, nearly two-thirds reported having condomless anal sex at least once during the past year, and a quarter said they had receptive anal intercourse without a condom the last time they had sex with a man. But there is also evidence that MSM use condoms at considerably variable rates depending on their own HIV status, the status of their partners, whether the partner is a main or casual one, and the sexual position.

    24 January 2016 | Poz
  • The European ChemSex Forum, 6-8 April 2016, London

    The focus of the Forum will be to identify the key trends across Europe and, by sharing good practice and examples of effective community responses, provide some of the developing answers to ensure the sexual health and well being of gay men and other men who have sex with men. The Forum will take place over three days, starting with a training day for up to 65 frontline staff from the WHO European region, including Central Asia, and followed by two days of presentations and discussions for up to 200 participants.

    19 January 2016 | European
  • London clinic hands out syringes to prevent ‘G’ drug overdoses

    A sexual health clinic in Southwark is offering free syringes to be used with the illegal drugs GBL and GHB in an effort to prevent life-threatening overdoses.

    19 January 2016 | London SE1
  • Giving healthy gay men HIV drugs 'could help reverse epidemic'

    Giving daily HIV drugs to healthy gay men has huge potential to help reverse the epidemic, say scientists. The medication prevents new infections by killing the virus before it has a chance to take hold in the body. Calculations, published in the Lancet, indicate giving the drugs to the most at-risk men could cut new infections by more than 40% in the UK.

    14 January 2016 | BBC News
  • San Francisco's Strut health and wellness center opens

    "We're here to encourage and support a new era of care in the HIV/AIDS world that is focused on the whole individual – holistic health and wellness, not just sickness and disease," said Neil Giuliano. "The model of care taking place at Strut will be replicated around the country and most likely around the world, just like the San Francisco model of care has been for 30 years."

    07 January 2016 | Bay Area Reporter
  • DIY healthcare: importing PrEP into the UK

    “It’s been a lot of effort for something that shouldn’t be,” says John from Stockport. He’s educated himself about PrEP, chosen to import and pay for PrEP medicines himself, worked out which tests for side-effects he needs and battled with the NHS to get support. “None of this is really simple,” he says.

    07 January 2016 | Prepster
  • When PrEP Educators Don't Like PrEP: Minister Rob Newells' message to naysayers at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta

    What do you do when the people responsible for implementing PrEP education programs don’t trust the science? What if the outreach workers and HIV test counselors believe they’re required to “push” PrEP at the expense of behavioral interventions that have been the focus of prevention programs for years? These are people in prime positions to provide PrEP education to key populations, but suggesting that otherwise healthy clients start a daily medication for prevention is a tough pill for some front-line staff to swallow.

    05 January 2016 | AVAC
  • 3 Potential Barriers to HIV PrEP

    Grindr for Equality—the men’s health advocacy arm of Grindr, the world’s largest gay social network—conducted a survey ahead of World AIDS Day to measure users’ understanding of the availability of Truvada as PrEP. The poll followed an American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM) survey of 324 regional HIV care providers on their PrEP prescribing habits.Both the AAHIVM survey and Grindr poll revealed the following barriers to HIV PrEP:

    31 December 2015 | Pharmacy Times
  • Uganda: criminalisation of LGBT people increases risk of HIV transmission

    Over the last couple of years HIV rose in Uganda, along with a reported rise in violence, stigma and discrimination against sexual minorities, with many losing their property and income.

    23 December 2015 | Key Correspondents
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