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  • People who inject drugs
    UK sees huge rise in heroin and morphine-related deaths
    The Guardian | 22 hours ago

    Heroin and morphine-related deaths have increased by almost two-thirds over the past two years, contributing to the mortality rate from drug poisoning rising to the highest level since comparable records began in 1983. Official figures show there were 952 deaths involving the substances last year – their highest level since 2001 – compared with 579 in 2012, bucking a decline in previous years

  • Young people
    Young People Lead On HIV Response in Burundi | 23 hours ago

    Around the world many young people remain unaware of their HIV status, which is the second biggest cause of adolescent deaths. But in Burundi, young people are leading the way to address this issue.

  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
    Cameron Modisane's Brave Story - on being an authentic gay black man | 04 September 2015

    I was overwhelmed with the shame of being gay in a world that worships masculine power. I grew up in one of the townships in South Africa where being "gay" was considered taboo. I suffered immensely; the pain of knowing that I cannot change the one thing that makes me different from other boys. I used to imagine that being gay would ruin my life completely and there is nothing that I can do to change it. When I confronted my "identity crisis" and faced the truth of who I really was, my life began to take on an entirely new look. No matter how hard it is to be openly gay, it is the path toward being authentic. Living a lie has never and will never be a pretty sight. Are you brave enough to come out? I certainly am brave enough to live an authentic life.

  • Experiences of stigma
    Malawian song fuels HIV stigma
    Key Correspondents | 04 September 2015

    Composed by Jakuda Maxwell, popularly known as Serious Man, the song titled Mpumulo, which means peace or rest in Malawian dialect, presents humiliating descriptions of people living with HIV. The fact it is being played in radio stations and at public functions such as wedding and events, is a depressing indication that there is still a long way to go to end the stigma that fuels the HIV epidemic in Malawi.

  • Healthy living
    How People With HIV Can Combat Their Raised Risk of Cancer
    Poz | 04 September 2015

    HIV-positive people have a much higher risk of certain cancers than the general population. Here are some ways to help improve your chances of avoiding cancer.

  • New and experimental HIV treatments
    Tenofovir Alafenamide Combo Pill Matches Truvada for HIV Efficacy, but Easier on Bones and Kidneys | 04 September 2015

    A fixed-dose combination pill containing tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) worked as well in a Phase 3 trial as the current Truvada pill containing the older tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) -- which is used for both HIV treatment and pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP -- but causes less kidney and bone toxicity, according to an announcement this week from Gilead Sciences.

  • Confidentiality, consent and medical ethics
    Opinion: Why 56 Dean Street needs our love and support
    Attitude | 04 September 2015

    While this is a major breach of privacy that needs proper investigation to ensure it doesn’t happen again, it can’t negate the tireless work 56 Dean Street has done for London’s LGBT community.

  • Confidentiality, consent and medical ethics
    HIV clinic data breach shows lessons not learned
    Computer Weekly | 04 September 2015

    The latest NHS data breach comes after repeated warnings in recent years by the information commissioner’s office about the risk of disclosing personal data through poor email practices.

  • Infectiousness and treatment as prevention
    STIs Have Minimal Effects on Viral Load of People on HIV Treatment
    POZ | 03 September 2015

    Sexually transmitted infections apparently have a minimal effect on the HIV viral load of those who are taking antiretrovirals for the virus. Having an STI was associated with a 29 percent rise in viral load but this finding was not statistically significant. The researchers concluded that having an STI is not likely to reduce the effectiveness of ARVs as a form of HIV prevention.

  • Injecting drug use
    Study: Needle exchange policy prevented HIV
    USA Today | 03 September 2015

    Lifting a ban on spending city money on needle exchanges for intravenous drug users prevented 120 new cases of HIV in two years in Washington DC, according to a new study that researchers hope can help other communities deal with a surge in addicts.

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