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My life in sex: ‘I used to think HIV was a curse. Now my sex life is better than ever’

These days I try to show my dates that HIV is not a burden, but something that I’ve grown from. My viral load is undetectable, meaning I can’t infect anyone, although I’ll have to take medication for the rest of my life. Dealing with such a heavy subject with defiance, lightness and confidence is, I like to think, sexy. It also allows me to relieve people of their irrational fears of HIV.

Published
16 hours ago
From
The Guardian
How to Cope When You’re Looking for Love, but Finding HIV Stigma Instead

Members of the POZ Personals community share their experiences.

Published
30 November 2018
From
Poz
Drugs and alcohol complicate sexual consent, but context can make things clearer

Sexual consent is an important, complex and often awkward topic to talk about. And when people have been consuming alcohol or other drugs, it makes negotiating sexual consent even more complicated. Indeed, drawing the line between consensual sex and assault when a complainant is heavily intoxicated is a particularly difficult area of law.

Published
22 November 2018
From
The Conversation
What 5,000 Phone Sex Calls Taught Me about Gay Men

The number might be a little low. Over the course of my “phone fantasy” career in the 1980s, I spoke to as many as ten customers in a given day, numbering in the many thousands over the years. That’s a lot of heavy breathing.

Published
15 November 2018
From
My Fabulous Disease
PROUD qualitative findings: PrEP’s impact on sexual behaviour

Qualitative data from the PROUD study revealed that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an important added prevention tool to strategies already in place for men in England having

Published
13 November 2018
By
Krishen Samuel
PrEP sorting: HIV-negative gay men prefer sexual partners who are using PrEP

PrEP status is a significant factor for HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM) when selecting sexual partners, but not when choosing friends or romantic

Published
07 November 2018
By
Krishen Samuel
PrEP providers and communicators should stop talking about ‘risk’

It’s unhelpful to frame the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in terms of ‘risky behaviour’, Sarit Golub, professor of psychology at the City University of New York

Published
29 October 2018
By
Roger Pebody
The work of a couple: how gay men in relationships come to trust that “Undetectable = Untransmittable”

Having a relationship based on trust, commitment and familiarity helps Australian gay men rely on undetectable viral load as a means of HIV prevention, according to

Published
29 August 2018
By
Roger Pebody
What I’ve learned about online dating as a woman living with HIV

My advice to someone who is newly diagnosed and looking to date is to take your time. Get your head around living with HIV, and then step out into the world of dating.

Published
02 August 2018
From
The i
This new dating research proves so many people still believe outdated HIV myths

A shocking number of people wouldn't swipe right on an HIV positive person who was on effective treatment.

Published
09 July 2018
From
Cosmopolitan
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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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