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  • Sex and HIV

    Sex, desire and pleasure need not stop when you have an HIV diagnosis. Women continue to be sexually active and to have fulfilling sexual and emotional relationships. Many...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Sex

    Having HIV can affect people’s feelings about sex in many different ways. Some people become anxious about passing HIV on, or feel less desirable. While some people go...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV treatment as prevention

    This briefing paper, produced by NAM for HIV Prevention England, describes the scientific evidence for HIV treatment as prevention and considers its implications for the UK....

    From: HIV Prevention England briefing papers

  • HIV treatment and sexual transmission

    If you have HIV, there's a chance that you could pass it on to somebody else. HIV may be present in infectious quantities in blood, semen, vaginal fluids and...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Sexual transmission of HIV

    HIV can be passed on from one person to another during sex. How likely it is that this will happen during one sexual act varies, depending on...

    From: Living with HIV

    Information level Level 2
  • Talking about sex

    Many people find it difficult to talk openly and honestly about sex, particularly when it comes to talking about their own sex life. Talking to a professional Talking about...

    From: Living with HIV

    Information level Level 2
  • Sex

    All too often, relationships between people of different HIV status are thought of only in terms of sex and the risk of HIV transmission. Yes, sex is important to...

    From: Living with HIV

    Information level Level 2
  • Oral sex

    Many men and women find oral sex an intensely pleasurable experience. People use different terms to refer to oral sex (including formal terms like fellatio...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Unprotected sex

    Unprotected sex is a term often used to describe anal or vaginal sex if a condom is not used. HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)

    If you have had unprotected sex (including if a condom broke or came off during sex) or shared drug injecting equipment with somebody you know...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Transmission and the law

    Some people have gone to prison because they have pased HIV on to another person. They were found guilty of recklessly transmitting HIV.In England and...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Transmission and viral load

    There is less risk of passing on HIV if your viral load is undetectable because you are taking anti-HIV drugs. Not all scientists agree on...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Transmission facts

    HIV can only be passed on when one person's body fluids get inside another person. HIV can be passed on during sex without a condom,...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis

    Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) has been in use, in healthcare settings, since 1988. Providing PEP after sexual exposure is more controversial....

    From: Preventing HIV

    Information level Level 4
  • Part II: HIV and preventing sexual transmission

    Part 2 explains why good physical sexual health is important for people living with HIV, and outlines the steps you can take to protect your own health...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Sexual activities

    This section provides detail on the risk of transmission during specific sexual activities, and outlines the available evidence on ‘harm reduction’ strategies such as withdrawal...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

    Information level Level 4

Sexual transmission features

Sexual transmission in your own words

  • Anger - I was furious

    I wasn’t really surprised when I found out I had HIV, after all I went to have an HIV test because I had all the...

    From: In your own words

  • My hero!

    Sex. It’s messy, fraught with all sorts of psychological problems and yes, it’s obviously what got me into this whole predicament in the first place....

    From: In your own words

  • Bored and horny

    It’s Sunday afternoon and it’s raining. I’m bored and horny. However, I’ve got £20 left over from the night before and this will be enough...

    From: In your own words

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Sexual transmission news selected from other sources

  • Uganda: Truckers Still Driving the HIV Pandemic

    While the nationwide battle to reduce HIV rates continues, it has been revealed that knowledge on HIV does not always translate into safer sexual behaviour for the most-at-risk populations (MARPs). This is noted in a recently released KMCC abridged report titled; 'Long-distance truck drivers and HIV/Aids in Uganda: synthesis of information and evidence to inform response.' The report states that although majority of long- distance truck drivers are aware that engaging in unprotected sex and having multiple sexual partners increases the risk of acquiring HIV, safe sex is largely inconsistent.

    26 October 2014 | AllAfrica
  • Porn production moratorium ended by Free Speech Coalition

    A California-based trade group for the adult film industry has lifted a moratorium on production spurred by a feared HIV exposure on an out-of-state film set. The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) ended the five-day production hold Monday, saying in a statement that testing has been completed and 'the performer pool has not been compromised.' The group first called for a three-day moratorium that was extended through lastweekend.

    26 October 2014 | Daily Mail
  • 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
  • Does the global HIV response understand anal sex?

    Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards "sex positive" approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection.

    28 August 2014 | IRIN
  • Getting to the bottom of it: Anal sex, rectal fluid, and HIV transmission

    While there is no doubt that semen, pre-ejaculate (pre-cum), and blood can contribute to the risk of HIV transmission through anal sex; it seems there is less clarity among frontline service providers on whether rectal fluid should also be included on this list. This article looks at what rectal fluid is, whether or not it can contain and transmit HIV, and the implications for prevention education.

    20 August 2014 | CATIE
  • What’s Your Long-term Risk of Transmitting HIV?

    How mathematical models can help us better understand both the long-term probability of HIV transmission and the benefit of combining risk-reduction strategies.

    04 July 2014 | Poz
  • More young Australian women contract HIV on overseas trips, say counsellors

    Increasing numbers of young Australian women travelling overseas during their gap year or for working holidays are contracting HIV, frontline sexual health workers say, prompting them to call for targeted awareness campaigns. The chief executive of the HIV support organisation Living Positive Victoria, Brent Allan, has been working in HIV and AIDS advocacy since the early 1990s and said he is encountering more women who have contracted the virus overseas.

    26 June 2014 | The Guardian
  • Gonorrhoea antimicrobial resistance: is UK antibiotic stewarding policy shows “some success”

    A widely circulated press release from the Society of General Microbiology’s (SGM) Annual Conference 2014 (April 14th – 17th) reports that Health for England’s Gonorrhoea Resistance Action Plan, according to representative, Dr Catherine Ison, “has shown some success in delaying the onset of treatment failure to the oral antibiotic cefixime”. 

    11 June 2014 | BMJ
  • Syphilis Rises Among Gay Men, Possibly Fueling HIV Spread

    The U.S. rate of primary and secondary syphilis has more than doubled since the turn of the century, with cases largely concentrated among gay and bi men.

    05 June 2014 | Aidsmeds
  • HIV transmission risks: Review updates CDC estimates, adds impact of treatment, condom use

    Authors of a comprehensive review of literature reporting data on per-act HIV transmission risks have updated the last estimates produced by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005, and in the process have highlighted the importance of treatment and prevention reaching those at greatest risk.

    05 June 2014 | Science Speaks
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