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Taking Birth Control With HIV Treatment or PrEP Is Largely OK

Women taking various forms of hormonal contraceptives can likely combine them safely with antiretrovirals (ARVs), whether as HIV treatment or in the form of Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against the virus. The one ARV that may be problematic to combine with such forms of birth control is Sustiva (efavirenz), which is included in Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine).

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Protease inhibitor drug suppresses HIV in semen more slowly than drugs from other classes

Protease inhibitors may not be the best class of drug for people newly diagnosed with HIV to start treatment with, if they wish to quickly

Published
12 May 2017
By
Gus Cairns
Increased screening for syphilis boosts detection of early latent infections among Australian gay men

Increased syphilis testing among gay men increased detection of early latent infections and was accompanied by a fall in the proportion of cases involving secondary syphilis, investigators report

Published
03 May 2017
By
Michael Carter
BHIVA response to The Irish Times article 'Anti-HIV drug removes personal responsibility'

This piece has generated a considerable amount of concern in the HIV community already as its content is completely at odds with current recommendations by the World Health Organisation and NICE which recognise that HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an important component of HIV prevention. Numerous studies have shown that PrEP is a highly clinically and cost-effective safe intervention which reduces the risk of becoming infected with HIV by around 90%.

Published
24 April 2017
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BHIVA
The real sex lives of gay men - GMFA's biggest survey

GMFA has just conducted its biggest-ever sex survey for the 150th edition of its resource FS. Ian Howley, Chief Executive of GMFA, said: “With over 3,000 responses it gives a fascinating snapshot of the kind of sex that gay and bisexual men in the UK are having, what they enjoy and what they are doing, or not doing, to maintain their sexual health.”

Published
13 April 2017
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GMFA
London data show that hepatitis C is passed on during anal sex without a condom

Around one in five HIV-positive gay men who recently acquired hepatitis C report anal sex without a condom as the only behaviour that could explain

Published
10 April 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Vaccine credited with HPV virus reduction in Scotland

Researchers find a 90% reduction in the number of women infected with human papilloma virus since 2008.

Published
05 April 2017
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BBC Health
HIV, family planning groups grapple with new WHO guidance on popular contraceptive

The World Health Organization's reclassification last month of progestogen-only injectable contraceptives has triggered a critical debate in the family planning community over how to manage the potential link between higher rates of HIV acquisition and one of the most popular birth control methods in many at-risk communities.

Published
04 April 2017
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Devex
What do cuts in sexual health services mean for patients?

In some parts of the country we heard that clinics have been closed, moved to less convenient locations or their opening hours reduced. Some clinics are being run with less consultant input, which some see as an efficiency saving but others see as a safety concern. A recent survey shows that patients with STI symptoms are finding it more difficult to access appointments within 48 hours. We were particularly concerned about cuts to health adviser posts in clinics.

Published
03 April 2017
From
King's Fund
Anal douching safety tips for gay men who bottom

Anal douching isn’t something we talk about much in our community and we aren’t given many opportunities to learn about it.

Published
30 March 2017
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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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