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Draft Philippine Law Would Boost AIDS Response

Philippine lawmakers finally took action this week to improve the government’s response to the country’s HIV epidemic, filing a draft law to replace the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998. The bill’s major flaw is its lack of specificity about the crucial role of condoms in HIV prevention.

Published
22 March 2017
From
Human Rights Watch
What is safe sex now? Does it include undetectable viral load and PrEP?

Treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) provide new ways to safely avoid HIV, but this poses challenges to the ways in which communities understand

Published
28 February 2017
By
Roger Pebody
UNAIDS calls for improved access to condoms for all who need them

On International Condom Day, UNAIDS is calling for countries to remove barriers that hinder access to, and the use of, condoms. Condoms are an effective means of preventing HIV and sexually transmitted infections. For example, the gap between availability and need in sub-Saharan Africa—the region most affected by HIV—is estimated to be more than 3 billion condoms.

Published
14 February 2017
From
UNAIDS
New ACON campaign shows there's now more to safe sex than just condoms

Whilst condoms are mainstay of preventing HIV infections, ACON is sending a message that with options such as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) becoming more commonplace and UVL (undetectable viral load) a common catchphrase, there are other approaches to preventing transmission that don’t always involve a condom.

Published
13 February 2017
From
Gay News Network
Knights of Malta condom scandal stretches from Myanmar to the Vatican

Split in lay order after senior official was dismissed over distribution of free prophylactics and the Holy See hierarchy sought to intervene.

Published
11 January 2017
From
The Guardian
Philippines urged to break condom barriers amid rising HIV epidemic among gay men

RELIGIOUS conservatism and restrictive policies that the Duterte administration has inherited are fueling a rising human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic in the Philippines, particularly among men who have sex with men, a report released Thursday by global rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

Published
08 December 2016
From
Asian Correspondent
Californians Reject Condoms in Porn Ballot Measure Proposition 60

Proposition 60’s defeat was a big victory for Chanel Preston and others in the adult film industry who traveled to hearings and organized in opposition to the ballot measure.

Published
14 November 2016
From
The Wrap
Do people living with HIV who have an undetectable viral load need to wear condoms?

In the face of extensive research showing that people living with HIV who are on antiretroviral therapy (ART) with stable undetectable viral load have an extremely low

Published
02 November 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
New HIV prevention products will need marketing and effective health services to reach the people who need them

There is a naivety among many HIV prevention researchers and advocates about the steps needed to introduce and implement new HIV prevention technologies such as oral pre-exposure

Published
24 October 2016
By
Roger Pebody
How well do condoms protect gay men from HIV?

In laboratory testing, condoms used perfectly according to directions should be 99.5% effective against HIV with only mechanical failure (i.e. breakage) resulting in infections. Since we are human and tend to not have laboratory-style sex, how well do they actually work in reality to prevent HIV for gay men?

Published
17 October 2016
From
BETA blog
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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