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  • 'Not far enough': reaction to the JCVI's announcement that the anti-cancer jab to prevent HPV will be extended to just MSM and not all boys

    Vaccinations for MSM are a step forward but that this change in policy does not go nearly far enough. What is urgently needed is a decision to vaccinate all adolescent boys.

    19 November 2015 | HPV Action
  • Give HPV vaccine to men who have sex with men, government told

    Advisers say extending use of cervical cancer vaccine given to girls could help cut risk of anal, penile and throat cancers.

    19 November 2015 | The Guardian
  • People Are Terrified of Sex

    Research participants thought that you are roughly 17 times more likely to die from HIV contracted from a single unprotected sexual encounter than you are to die from a car crash on a 300-mile trip. In fact it's the other way round.

    14 November 2015 | The Atlantic
  • Dating apps 'increasing' rates of sexually transmitted infections, say doctors

    Dating apps are increasing rates of STIs, according to the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV.

    02 November 2015 | BBC Newsbeat
  • PrEP: How the Tiny Blue Pill Changed My Life

    Joel Alcaraz writes: "It's been over one year since I have started taking the FDA approved pill called Truvada for HIV prevention. The only sanctioned medicine (aka PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis) that prevents HIV infection. Not even condoms are approved by the FDA to prevent HIV...The LGBTQ community needs to overcome the traumas of the past to heal and move past the stigma of HIV. The HIV rate has held steady for the last decade. Condoms and abstinence alone won't help turn the tide, it's time to kill the fear, because that is what is truly keeping us from being ourselves and living our lives."

    15 October 2015 | Huffington Post
  • Superhero Vaginal Bacteria Species Traps HIV, Could Be a Natural Condom Someday

    The benevolent powers of the vaginal microbiome are even greater than we thought. In addition to aiding fertilization and protecting fetuses during pregnancy, healthy vaginal mucus that’s full of good bacteria can trap and immobilize HIV particles. The study examined the cervicovaginal mucus, or CVM, of 31 women and tested its ability to immobilize HIV particles. CVM samples that contained higher concentrations of D-lactic acid, which only bacteria can produce, did far better than others. The D-lactic acid wasn’t itself a barrier to HIV, but an indicator of something else going on that made certain types of CVM better at trapping the virus than others. That something was Lactobacillus crispatus, a species of bacteria that could change the way we think about HIV prevention.

    08 October 2015 | Slate
  • Vaginal Infections May Help Explain Link Between Hormonal Contraception and Increased HIV Risk

    Hormones may alter genital tract immunity in a way that makes women more prone to bacterial and viral infections, while disturbances in natural vaginal microbes may also contribute to the association seen in some studies between use of hormonal contraceptives such as Dep-Provera and susceptibility to HIV infection, according to a laboratory study published in the online journal mBio.

    03 October 2015 |
  • 'Super-gonorrhoea' outbreak across north of England sparks national alert

    An outbreak of highly drug-resistant gonorrhoea has been detected in the north of England, triggering a national alert. Fifteen cases, all in heterosexuals, have been detected by Public Health England (PHE) so far, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV said.

    18 September 2015 | Daily Telegraph
  • STI trends in Europe: chlamydia rates stabilise while gonorrhoea numbers go up

    With an estimated 146 million infections each year, chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection worldwide. And Europe is no exception with almost 385 000 cases reported in 2013 alone and more than 3 million between 2004 and 2013. But while trends in the number of chlamydia infections appear to have stabilised in recent years, gonorrhoea rates have gone up by 79% since 2008, particularly among men.

    18 September 2015 | ECDC press release
  • San Francisco AIDS Foundation Opens Groundbreaking Health and Wellness Center for Gay and Bi Men

    The San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) is funding the programmatic expansion and renovation costs associated with its groundbreaking new center for gay and bisexual men’s health and wellness at 470 Castro Street. Slated to open in October, the new center is named “Strut” and brings together the foundation’s well-known and popular free services for sexual health, substance use and mental health, and community engagement and support.

    15 September 2015 |
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