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  • Can Charlie Sheen really have doctor-approved unprotected sex?

    Charlie Sheen did more than merely announce he’s HIV-positive on Tuesday morning’s “Today” show — he brought the disease and its myriad treatment methods straight to breakfast tables nationwide. In detailing his HIV journey, Sheen not only relieved himself of blackmail and innuendo — he introduced America to the impressive range of treatment options and procedures now available for the 37 million people living with HIV across the globe. Here’s what it all means for you.

    24 November 2015 | New York Post
  • France Leads the Way with PrEP Approval 5 years after iPrEX

    PrEP has arrived… in France! Marisol Touraine, the French Health Minister announced today that the drug Truvada (manufactured by Gilead) is soon to be approved for the prevention of HIV infection (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). Meanwhile, in the UK, with 500 new infections every month, the decision to provide PrEP is somewhere lost in limbo.

    24 November 2015 | Incidence 0
  • HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency

    The number of reported HIV cases in the Philippines has increased by more than 277 percent over the last five years, with infections concentrated in men who have sex with men. An aggressive public health campaign is urgently needed but in a devoutly Catholic country, such efforts are viewed as promoting promiscuity and are routinely stalled or blocked. We examine how a public health issue is made into a moral one, with stigma and shame inevitably contributing to the rise of this epidemic.

    13 November 2015 | Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
  • HIV spreads faster as violent conflict looms

    A new analysis of HIV incidence in 36 sub-Saharan African countries finds that new HIV infections rise significantly in the five years before armed conflict breaks out.

    13 November 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Making gay business the frontline in the fight against HIV

    Stigma and discrimination can cause men who have sex with men to fear accessing health services. One way to reach those who either don’t want to or don’t feel able to use sexual health clinics is to go ahead and deliver services where those who need them are. In other words, creating opportunities for healthier “settings”, or more supportive environments for health. A bar, club, or sauna can be developed into a healthy place to reach particular target populations.

    02 November 2015 | The Conversation
  • Why Microbicides for HIV Prevention Are Still Necessary in the Treatment-as-Prevention Era

    How do things stand with the development of topical agents for HIV prevention? In the age of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and treatment as prevention, does it matter anymore? And if lessons learned by researchers in the VOICE (Vaginal and Oral Interventions to Control the Epidemic) trial -- discussed most often in terms of its failure -- help make future HIV clinical trials more effective, can we really call it a failure?

    02 November 2015 | The Body Pro
  • 'Chemsex': Review

    Review of documentary film: "This timely investigation into the recreational habits of a growing sector of London’s gay male population may have began in a spirit of serious and sensitive concern, but the attention-grabbing outcome will surely become grist to the tabloid media mill, once the manufacturers of outrage boil the contents down to their salacious concentrate."

    14 October 2015 | Screen International
  • How gay men in London ask for PEP to get PrEP

    Greg Owen describes how increasing numbers of gay men in London are 'clinic hopping' in order to claim P:E:P (post-exposure prophylaxis) and instead using it as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis).

    13 October 2015 | Greg Owen blog
  • FS, the UK gay men's sex and health magazine, magazine celebrates its 150th issue with its biggest gay sex survey

    FS magazine celebrates its 150th issue with the big gay sex survey results. We surveyed over 3,000 gay men and bring you the results. These include finding that two-thirds of gay men used ocndoms the last time they had anal sex, that 69% now know what PrEP is but that only 51% understand what being positive and undetectable means.

    08 October 2015 | GMFA
  • San Francisco Is Changing Face of AIDS Treatment

    San Francisco is serving as a model for other cities. The city that was once the epidemic’s ground zero now has only a few hundred new cases a year, the result of a raft of creative programs that have sent infection rates plummeting.

    06 October 2015 | New York Times
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