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PrEP, plus increased testing and treatment, could prevent nearly half of HIV infections in gay men in the UK by 2020

A new British mathematical modelling study published in The Lancet HIV has found that adding pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for gay men at high risk of HIV to

Published
18 January 2016
By
Gus Cairns
HIV prevention fatigue: Program engages men who have heard it all before

An innovative program in San Francisco acknowledges and addresses prevention fatigue, while helping gay and bisexual men improve sexual health and wellbeing. Bridgemen carefully weaves education and discussions about sex and health into events that bring men together socially and for community service projects.

Published
23 December 2015
From
BETA blog
New York Revamps Safe Sex

Has the term safe sex been left behind? The new phrase “Play Sure,” conceived by a marketing team, suggests a new era in which medical technology has made it possible for public-health messaging to seem less anxious and reproving. Implicit in the phrase “safe sex” are the potential horrors of unsafe sex, a castigation of promiscuity. “Play Sure” acknowledges pleasure while promising, essentially, the elimination of risk.

Published
22 December 2015
From
New York Times
More on Cash Transfers to Reduce HIV among Adolescents

Four recent studies emerging from India and South Africa have challenged the prevailing narrative about the benefits of cash transfers for adolescents and raised concerns about unintended consequences.

Published
08 December 2015
From
Center for Global Development
MSMGF: Good Gays get a Blue Ribbon, Bad Gays Bear their Cross

On November 23, the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) announced that it had partnered with gay dating App Hornet to launch Blue Ribbon Boy, “the largest targeted, global HIV viral suppression campaign to date”. The MSMGF hopes to reach 7 million MSM around the world through the Hornet dating platform, asking them to answer a short series of yes/no questions about their sexual health. Then, “Based on their answers, those who qualify will receive a blue ribbon icon on their profile photo signifying their personal commitment to sexual health, irrespective of their HIV status. Men who do not meet the standard will be offered recommendations for ways to protect and improve their sexual health so they can become a Blue Ribbon Boy”. Let’s look at the more disturbing issues arising from an intervention that pits the “good gays” who get a reward against the “bad gays” who bear their cross.

Published
02 December 2015
From
Incidence Zero
New PrEP Campaign Addresses Slut-Shaming, Dating, and Serodiscordant Couples

“When straight guys have a lot of sex, they’re called studs; but when gay guys do, they’re called sluts,” says gay adult performer JD Phoenix, in a new campaign from Public Health Solutions to educate people about PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis).

Published
06 November 2015
From
Towelroad
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.

Published
02 November 2015
From
The Conversation
How do smartphone apps impact STI/HIV prevention among men who have sex with men?

Smartphone apps have significant reach and therefore offer great potential for public health outreach work specifically for health promotion.

Published
01 October 2015
From
ECDC
Tinder demands removal of L.A. billboard that tells dating app users to get STD test

Tinder has sent a cease and desist letter to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation after a billboard went up in Los Angeles last week that draws a link between dating apps and a growing rate of sexually transmitted diseases.

Published
30 September 2015
From
Los Angeles Times
Young People Lead On HIV Response in Burundi

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.

Published
04 September 2015
From
AllAfrica.com
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