As HIV research and prevention tools advance, there remains a critical information gap between health care providers and gay and bisexual men who could benefit most from those new tools. A new report released today by San Francisco AIDS Foundation identifies key steps to eliminate the gap and foster better relationships and communications between providers and clients.
26 February 2014 | San Francisco AIDS Foundation
San Francisco saw increased cases of sexually transmitted diseases for the eighth consecutive year in 2013. But new HIV infections have steadily declined since 2006 - gay men appear to be focusing on HIV prevention and may not be as concerned with having gonorrhea and syphilis.
21 February 2014 | Bay Area Reporter
The team from NHS sexual health clinic 56 Dean Street are launching a new service which allows gay men to walk in for a routine sexual health check up and get all their results within six hours. Users are given a self-test kit to take their own swab tests for gonorrhoea and chlamydia in a private screening room. They then see a nurse for blood and 60-second HIV testing.
12 February 2014 | Out in the City
A growing epidemic in the UK of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) linked to a rise in unprotected sex and club drug use represents “a crisis for gay men”, a leading expert has said. Rates of gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis in gay men have soared in recent years, official figures show, while new HIV infections have also reached record highs.
09 February 2014 | The Independent
Thousands of lives could be saved in Britain each year if boys are given the same vaccination that protects girls from developing cervical cancer. Campaigners say the jab - which 12 and 13-year-old girls get to immunise them against Human Papilloma Virus - would be "hugely beneficial" to boys as well. They say the £24m-a-year cost of immunising boys would save "a colossal amount further down the health chain".
05 February 2014 | Sky News
Public health workers in Milwaukee were frustrated by the inability of traditional methods—phone calls, field visits, mailing letters—to help them find people who may have been sexually exposed to people with syphilis. They have developed a way of contacting sexual partners via Facebook in addition to using traditional public health tools.
22 January 2014 | CATIE
The CDC reports a “troubling rise” in syphilis in gay and bisexual men, as well as disproportionate rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea among young people.
10 January 2014 | AIDSMeds
HPV vaccination at the age of 12/13 can significantly reduce the risk of developing disease and vaccinating both sexes provides the highest level of protection. In the UK currently, only girls are vaccinated through a national programme generally delivered in schools. This petition has been organised by HPV Action, a partnership of 22 patient and professional organisations that all believe both boys and girls should be vaccinated. For more information about HPV Action: www.hpvaction.org. Twitter: @HPVAction
20 December 2013 | Change.org
The UK is facing a surge in sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men, with record highs in infections of gonorrhoea, chlamydia, and HIV. Tony Kirby reports.
18 December 2013 | The Lancet Infectious Diseases (requires free registration)
If you’re lucky enough to live in a city like San Francisco, you have the advantage of access to skilled, knowledgeable, and nonjudgmental health clinics. But elsewhere, you’re likely to find yourself face to face with ignorant and unhelpful providers who are more likely to judge you than offer you the appropriate sexual health services.
16 December 2013 | BETA blog