More than thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and at a time when infections among gay and bisexual men are on the rise in the U.S., a new national survey of gay and bisexual men by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) finds that though HIV/AIDS is named as the number one health issue facing their population, a majority (56%) are not personally concerned about becoming infected, and relatively few report having been tested recently.
29 September 2014 | Kaiser Family Foundation press release
Jake Sobo writes: "The serodivide is crumbling. Hookup sites that used to allow only two options for HIV status now offer endless choices, from undetectable to on PrEP. Recent life expectancy projections suggest that gay men who test HIV-positive today and start treatment quickly will live longer than those who do not...Unlearning decades of stigma and fear will not happen overnight. It will take time and learning. That’s okay. But the cost of staying in place is too great, both for poz guys who face that stigma and fear on a daily basis, and to our communities which remain divided."
27 September 2014 | Betablog
In their own words, 12 candidates for the HIV prevention pill describe their decision to accept or reject a Truvada prescription
25 September 2014 | The Guardian
Give OUT Day shines a spotlight on organizations that empower LGBTQ communities across the country, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is among these charities.We’re using this campaign to highlight the next generation of HIV prevention: rectal microbicides. Though they’re still in development, these agents can be added to things like lubricants that will prevent the transmission of HIV, revolutionizing the way we protect ourselves and others.
25 September 2014 | IRMA
The Kirby Institute’s Annual Surveillance Report suggests a number of STIs are continuing to increase, with syphilis and gonorrhoea leading the charge. Hepatitis C infections are also a growing health issue with more people now dying from viral hepatitis infection than from HIV when it was in its peak in the 80s and 90s.
22 September 2014 | Gay News Network
The most important group who should hear about treatment as prevention, undetectability, sero-sorting and all the other non-condom options, are those who have successfully avoided HIV thus far and are reluctant to get tested. In other words the vast majority of the LGBT population, because they are the ones who are getting the wrong end of the stick when they hear snippets of information about HIV.
17 September 2014 | Positive Lite
I have commented several times on Facebook about my anxiety over the sudden popularity and push for widespread use of Truvada. I'm not opposed to the use of Truvada, and I agree that it is an exciting development in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, while some reject the idea that the promotion of Truvada among gay men has anything to do with barebacking culture -- and subsequently vilify anyone who makes the suggestion -- it doesn't negate the reality that barebacking has become a widespread practice in gay male culture.
05 September 2014 | Huffington Post
It was long assumed that a major driver of the vastly greater prevalence of HIV infection in Zimbabwe, South Africa and other epicenters of the African HIV epidemic is intergeneratioal sex - sepcifically, young women having sexual realtionships with older "sugar daddies". Contrary to expectations, a recent high-quality, longitudinal study showed that participation in intergenerational sex did not impact the likelihood of contracting HIV infection.
05 September 2014 | Scientific American
There has been a recent wave of films and television events, for a combined gay and heterosexual audience, in an emerging genre of “AIDS nostalgia”. I’m thinking of films like Dallas Buyers’ Club and television series like Angels in America and The Normal Heart.
01 September 2014 | Bad Blood (blog)
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