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Warning of hepatitis A outbreak among men who have sex with men in Europe

An outbreak of hepatitis A in Europe has affected 287 people in at least 13 countries, with large numbers of cases in the United Kingdom,

Published
29 March 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Harm reduction should address the specific needs of couples who inject drugs

The sharing of drug injecting equipment most often occurs between sexual partners, but the ways in which couples manage risks and care for each other have been

Published
21 March 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Experts urge policymakers to address emerging ‘perfect storm’ for sexual health

The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) welcomes the publication of today’s report by the King’s Fund ‘Understanding NHS financial pressures’ and urges policymakers and commissioners to take notice of its findings, particularly those highlighting the detrimental impact that growing pressures are having on genitourinary medicine (GUM) services.

Published
15 March 2017
From
British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH)
Understanding NHS financial pressures

This report examines the impact of NHS financial pressures on patient care across four different parts of the health system, including genito-urinary medicine (GUM).

Published
14 March 2017
From
The King's Fund
Statement by the ECHO Management Committee on the new WHO guidance on use of hormonal contraceptives by women at high risk of HIV

Injectable progestogens are the most widely used contraceptives in sub-Saharan Africa, including in countries with high HIV prevalence. On 2 March 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released revised guidance on the use of hormonal contraceptives by women at high risk of HIV infection.

Published
06 March 2017
From
Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) Study
Hormonal contraceptive eligibility for women at high risk of HIV: Guidance Statement

The World Health Organization (WHO) convened a technical consultation during 1–2 December 2016 to review new evidence on the risk of HIV acquisition with the use of hormonal contraception. The issue was recognized as a critical one, particularly for sub-Saharan Africa, where women have a high lifetime risk of acquiring HIV, hormonal contraceptives constitute a significant component of the contraceptive method mix and unintended pregnancy is a common threat to the well-being and lives of women and girls.

Published
03 March 2017
From
WHO
Hepatitis A outbreaks among men who have sex with men: three clusters reported across 13 countries

Between February 2016 and February 2017, three clusters involving 287 confirmed cases of hepatitis A (HAV) have been reported across 13 EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Most of the notified cases were among men who have sex with men (MSM) who had not been vaccinated against HAV.

Published
28 February 2017
From
ECDC
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
Bacterial vaginosis does not affect efficacy of oral PrEP in women

Research presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) found that the efficacy of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for women was not affected

Published
23 February 2017
By
Gus Cairns
STI rates in PrEP users very high, but evidence that PrEP increases them is inconclusive

A study of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) users presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) last week in Seattle, showed that PrEP

Published
22 February 2017
By
Gus Cairns

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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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