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Sexual transmission resources

  • 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
  • HIV transmission

    For HIV to be transmitted from one person to another, four conditions need to be present: Presence: One of the people involved must be HIV-positive and HIV must...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

    Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a form of HIV prevention that uses medication to protect HIV-negative people from acquiring HIV. It means people take anti-HIV drugs when they...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Viral load and transmission – a factsheet for people with HIV

    The amount of HIV in your body fluids is called your viral load. Effective HIV treatment (antiretroviral therapy) suppresses the amount of HIV in your body fluids...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • PrEP

    This briefing paper provides an overview of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for people planning, commissioning or providing HIV prevention activities in the UK. It does this by reviewing...

    From: HIV prevention briefing papers

  • 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 briefing papers

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • Are ‘Sex roulette’ parties really taking place?

    PICTURE this scenario: you walk into a room filled with a bunch of naked people. You’re all about to voluntarily have sex. But one of them has an incurable sexually-transmitted infection. You don’t know who that person is. And you’re strictly not allowed to use a condom. Makes for a crazy story, right? Over the past week, reports have emerged of this supposed rising new trend called ‘Sex Roulette’ parties.

    25 May 2016 | news.com.au
  • The rise of gay 'chemsex' parties involving libido-enhancing drugs

    Life is better than ever for London's gay community. So why are some men indulging in drug-fuelled parties of weekend-long, often unsafe, sex with HIV rates on the rise? The writer Matt Cain believes the roots of the dark 'chemsex' scene touch us all.

    20 October 2015 | The Independent
  • Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'

    A UK study on why teenage heterosexual couples may engage in anal sex has revealed a climate of coercion, with consent and mutuality not always a priority for the boys who are trying to persuade girls into having it.

    19 May 2015 | Independent
  • Abstinence-only curriculum is not sex education, judge rules

    California’s sex-education law prohibits school districts from indoctrinating students on the need to remain celibate before marriage or teaching them that abstinence is the only safe way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, a judge has ruled.

    14 May 2015 | SFGate
  • Still refusing to date HIV+ guys? Here’s why you could be putting your health at risk

    Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why arguments for not having sex with gay men who are HIV positive make little sense – and could actually pose a danger for those who are HIV negative

    09 April 2015 | Gaystar News
  • 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
  • First of its kind HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection guide to help curb increasing prevalence and mortality in the UK launched

    The ChemSex and hepatitis C: a discussion guide for HCPs has been developed by 56 Dean Street's David Stuart, who has a wealth of experience in providing drug addiction services to HIV/HCV co-infected MSM. The guide, endorsed by The Hepatitis C Trust, is based on over 500 conversations with MSM, aims to inform healthcare professionals and services providers across the UK around ChemSex (the use of recreational drugs for sex) and HIV/HCV co-infection to empower them to use the terminology that will most resonate with these at-risk groups, and to ensure they are being diagnosed and treated effectively.

    29 December 2014 | 56 Dean Street, via Medical News Today
  • Cell-associated HIV mucosal transmission: The neglected pathway

    Dr. Deborah Anderson from Boston University School of Medicine and her colleagues are challenging dogma about the transmission of HIV. Most research has focused on infection by free viral particles, while this group proposes that HIV is also transmitted by infected cells. While inside cells, HIV is protected from antibodies and other antiviral factors. Anderson chides fellow researchers for not using cell-associated HIV in their transmission models: "The failure of several recent vaccine and microbicide clinical trials to prevent HIV transmission may be due in part to this oversight." . The Journal of Infectious Diseases (JID) has devoted their December supplement to this important and understudied topic.

    23 December 2014 | Medical News Today
  • New herpes treatment strategy described by researchers

    A novel treatment approach for persistent viral infections such as herpes has been described by researchers. Using animal models of herpes simplex virus infection, researchers show that blocking the activity of a host cell protein called LSD1 reduces herpes infection, shedding and recurrence.

    10 December 2014 | Science Daily
  • 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
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