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  • 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

  • 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
  • Is HIV Transmission Risk Really Near Zero If HIV+ Heterosexual Partners Are on ART?

    Serodiscordant heterosexual couples in which the positive partner has been on combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) for more than 6 months may have an HIV transmission risk as high as 13 per 100,000 sex acts -- but the risk could also be zero -- according to an estimate based on a systematic review described in the April 9 online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

    23 May 2014 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • Uganda's struggle with schistosomiasis

    Efforts are underway to rid Uganda of the scourge of schistosomiasis but provision of clean water and good sanitation lags behind treatment efforts. The disease is linked to increased infection rates of HIV among girls.

    16 May 2014 | The Lancet
  • Hey CDC, You Can Suck My...

    Great news: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) finally updated their fact sheet titled "Oral Sex and HIV Risk." But their document isn't as clear as it could be.

    27 December 2013 | Huffington Post
  • Mass administration of schistosomiasis drug can cut HIV

    Mass administration of praziquantel — a highly effective and low-cost drug for schistosomiasis treatment — targeting school-age children has the potential to reduce new HIV infections in young women, according to a modelling study that focused on Zimbabwe.

    23 September 2013 | Sci Dev Net
  • Porn studio owner accuses group of creating 'hysteria around HIV'

    The owner of a porn studio involved in allegations that it puts actors at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases accused the AIDS Healthcare Foundation of playing "loose with the facts" to "generate hysteria around HIV."

    20 September 2013 | Los Angeles Times
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