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STDs Among Gay Men in a New Era of PrEP

In tandem with (and prior to) the approval and uptake of PrEP, rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been increasing among men who have sex with men in San Francisco. What’s going on—and what can we do about the rising rates of STIs?

Published
21 June 2016
From
BETA blog
Men to get HPV vaccine in new drive to combat cancer, announces health minister Jane Ellison

The first men in England have started receiving the vaccination as part of a pilot to stamp out cancers and genital disease. The scheme went live in two clinics this week and will eventually see 40,000 men vaccinated to protect them against penile, anal and other cancers. The project is specifically targeted at men who have sex with men, but ministers are exploring the possibility of rolling out the HPV vaccine to all boys.

Published
08 June 2016
From
Evening Standard
Are ‘Sex roulette’ parties really taking place?

PICTURE this scenario: you walk into a room filled with a bunch of naked people. You’re all about to voluntarily have sex. But one of them has an incurable sexually-transmitted infection. You don’t know who that person is. And you’re strictly not allowed to use a condom. Makes for a crazy story, right? Over the past week, reports have emerged of this supposed rising new trend called ‘Sex Roulette’ parties.

Published
25 May 2016
From
news.com.au
Sexual transmission involved in tail end of Ebola epidemic

Some of the final cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone were transmitted via unconventional routes, such as semen and breastmilk, according to the largest analysis to date of the tail-end of the epidemic.

Published
19 May 2016
From
EurekAlert!
Syphilis infections on the rise in Europe

New data released in ECDC’s Annual Epidemiological report show that since 2010, the overall syphilis rates have been going up across Europe, particularly among men. In 2014, the reported syphilis numbers were six times higher in men than in women. Almost two-thirds (63%) of the syphilis cases reported with information on transmission category were recorded in men who have sex with men (MSM).​

Published
17 May 2016
From
ECDC
It’s Tough to Stop Sex, Study of U.S. AIDS Effort Shows

Researchers have found no benefits from a decade-long attempt to curb the spread of HIV in Africa by promoting abstinence and monogamy. The U.S. has spent more than $1.4 billion since 2004 telling young people in Africa to abstain from sex before marriage and then commit to a single partner. That funding didn’t influence the number of sex partners people had, the age at which they started having sex, or teen pregnancy rates, according to a study published on Monday. See http://www.aidsmap.com/page/2949285/ for more on this issue.

Published
04 May 2016
From
Bloomberg
How do gay men diagnosed with HIV change their risk behaviour?

To what extent do gay men modify their sexual risk behaviour after testing HIV positive? Two Australian surveys conducted over the last few years have found that

Published
02 May 2016
By
Gus Cairns
ART use doesn't increase sexual risk among people with HIV in the UK

Taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) is not associated with an increased risk of condomless sex with HIV-negative/unknown status partners – sex that potentially involves a risk of transmission  –

Published
28 April 2016
By
Michael Carter
Sub-Saharan women using modern contraceptives more likely to be HIV tested

Women in sub-Saharan Africa who use modern contraceptives are more likely to be tested for HIV than those who do not, according to a study published April 25, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Katherine Center from the University of Arizona and colleagues.

Published
27 April 2016
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Considerable overlap between HIV and shigellosis epidemics in the UK

Approximately a third of cases of non-travel-related Shigella dysentery in the UK involve HIV-positive patients, according to research presented to the annual conference of the British HIV Association

Published
26 April 2016
By
Michael Carter

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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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