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God and condoms: perspectives on family planning and faith

The subject of contraception is a hot topic in faith communities, which made for some exciting discussions at the recent International Conference on Family Planning in Indonesia. The conference heard that contrary to popular belief, many faith-based organisations do support family planning as a process that helps improve people’s quality of life. For the first time, around 80 representatives from different faith groups attending the conference spoke of their commitment to continue informing and educating their communities on family planning. The consensus was that it is consistent with faith values, in order to protect the rights of women, children and families.

Published
05 February 2016
From
Key Correspondents
Where next for HIV prevention in New Zealand?

A key focus of the New Zealand Medical Journal editorial is on the continued importance of behaviour-based interventions in a world where the momentum seems to have shifted to clinic based control involving pharmaceuticals. The authors highlight the danger that the medicalization of HIV prevention could lead to a disinvestment in behaviour-based interventions, which, they imply, would not be conducive to controlling the epidemic.

Published
30 January 2016
From
BMJ Group blogs
We Aren’t the Sex Police: What PrEP Providers Say About Condoms & STIs

The potent protection from HIV afforded by Truvada as PrEP allows men to have sex with less worry and fear of HIV. But some worry that the inclusion of PrEP as a public health strategy will lead people to abandon condoms—which still have a role to play in further reducing risk of HIV and other STIs. BETA wanted to know—what do PrEP providers think? How do these practitioners, who see clients every three months for sexual health screenings and STI testing, talk to their clients about condom use, STIs and navigating the complicated landscape of protected, or safer, sex?

Published
30 January 2016
From
BETA blog
Gay Men Are Using Condoms Less, But Their Use Varies Based on Context

Condom use is declining among men who have sex with men. In a large survey of MSM in major urban areas, nearly two-thirds reported having condomless anal sex at least once during the past year, and a quarter said they had receptive anal intercourse without a condom the last time they had sex with a man. But there is also evidence that MSM use condoms at considerably variable rates depending on their own HIV status, the status of their partners, whether the partner is a main or casual one, and the sexual position.

Published
24 January 2016
From
Poz
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
Young Men With Detectable Viral Loads More Likely to Engage in Risky Behavior

A new study on HIV-positive men and transgender women who have sex with men reported that participants with detectable viral loads were more likely to have anal sex without condoms than those who were virally suppressed, and that condom use was closely related to substance abuse. The study examined participants age 15 to 26 across the US from 2009 to 2012. Among those who had detectable viral loads, a full 44 percent reported condomless sex, a significant percentage higher than those who were virally suppressed but had condomless sex (which was only 25 percent).

Published
05 January 2016
From
HIVPlusMag
Indian-American woman develops 'Super Condom' that stops HIV transmission even after breaking

Aiming to increase global use of condoms as a way to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS, researchers including an Indian-American professor have developed a new non-latex condom which contains antioxidants and can kill the deadly virus even after breaking.

Published
16 December 2015
From
Daily News & Analysis
Australian survey finds that less than a third of gay men have committed relationships with just one partner

A large survey conducted through gay dating sites and Facebook in Australia has found that previous surveys may have overestimated the proportion of gay men who are

Published
03 December 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Pope: There Are Bigger Issues Than Condoms and HIV

Pope Francis has dismissed a question about whether condoms can be condoned in the fight against AIDS by saying there are more important issues confronting the world, like malnutrition, environmental exploitation and the lack of safe drinking water.

Published
01 December 2015
From
ABC News
Durex wants to make a condom emoji for safer sexting

That's the problem Durex set out to tackle with its new #CondomEmoji campaign, which ambitiously sets out to petition the unicode consortium — the governing body over which objects get to be immortalized as pictograms, among other things — to add a new contraceptive to the official roster of sanctioned emojis.

Published
23 November 2015
From
Mashable
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