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  • Ebola Researchers Take New Look at Risk of Sexual Transmission

    Concerned about the potential for sexual transmission of Ebola, international health officials are investigating new reports of suspected cases and beginning studies to determine how often and how long the virus remains active in semen. And, for now, they are warning Ebola survivors to practice protected sex indefinitely.

    17 April 2015 | New York Times
  • HIV prevention within serodiscordant couples: A changing paradigm

    Serodiscordant couples (where one partner is HIV negative and the other is HIV positive) are often thought to be at “high risk” of HIV transmission. However, new understandings of the biology of HIV transmission and the emergence of new HIV prevention options mean that the HIV transmission risk within these couples can be reduced to very low, even negligible levels.

    07 April 2015 | CATIE
  • Most people think they’ll never get HIV. We spoke to two students who did

    Unless you watch Comic Relief or own Team America on DVD, chances are HIV doesn’t cross your mind that often. Yet rising rates of young gay men across the country are being diagnosed every year with the chronic illness. HIV may no longer be the death sentence it once was – nonetheless, it dramatically changes the lives of those who contract it.

    01 April 2015 | The Tab
  • New York City's public health 'warrior' revamps HIV messaging

    Beneath Grand Central Station, the doors of a downtown 6 train open to reveal one of the New York City Department of Health's newest public service announcements: A simple poster with two young men embracing tenderly urges riders to take an HIV test. The execution of this particular campaign is novel, a departure from the city’s past HIV displays. Previously, ominous and dramatic messaging reigned, akin to the lurid anti-smoking campaigns.

    04 January 2015 | Al-Jazeera America
  • Easing the HIV Burden

    In recent years, two remarkable studies have emerged that provide real solutions for people living with HIV who want to avoid passing the virus on to others. Having grappled with my own HIV diagnosis over the past seven years, there has been something deeply profound and very personal about the findings of both studies. Ever since the HPTN 052 results were released, I’ve often pondered if my transition into living life with HIV might have been less traumatic had I known that treatment would help me avoid passing HIV on to my sexual partners.

    04 January 2015 | The Advocate
  • California porn actor contracts HIV from co-star while filming

    A porn actor in California has contracted HIV from a co-star, while shooting an adult film. Health officials issued an alert after the man tested positive for the virus, but is yet to release any further details about the investigation. The Department of Public Health said it has "very strong evidence" that a male porn star contracted HIV after having unprotected sex during an out-of-state film shoot.

    04 January 2015 | International Business Times
  • HIV now and then: 1982 vs 2014

    Jonathan Blake was one of the first people in Britain to be diagnosed back in 1982 and 19-year-old Luke Alexander found out last year he had the virus. BBC Radio 5live got the two men together at the Gay's The Word bookshop in London to talk frankly about their experiences of living with HIV.

    20 November 2014 | BBC (video)
  • Just how 'gay' is anal play, really?

    As Charlie Glickman, a sex educator and the author of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure: Erotic Exploration of Men and their Partners, explained in an interview last year with Playboy: “We carry a lot of shame around our anuses. ... It’s a shame that starts when we’re in diapers.” According to Glickman,who identifies as bisexual, even as adults, “We look for a reason to justify the taboo. We say it’s disgusting. We say it’s dirty. We say it’s gross.”

    14 October 2014 | The Guardian
  • 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
  • Choosing to Love Poz Guys

    Jake Sobo writes: "The serodivide is crumbling. Hookup sites that used to allow only two options for HIV status now offer endless choices, from undetectable to on PrEP. Recent life expectancy projections suggest that gay men who test HIV-positive today and start treatment quickly will live longer than those who do not...Unlearning decades of stigma and fear will not happen overnight. It will take time and learning. That’s okay. But the cost of staying in place is too great, both for poz guys who face that stigma and fear on a daily basis, and to our communities which remain divided."

    27 September 2014 | Betablog
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