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Can Women Living with HIV and Taking Antiretroviral Therapy Use Hormonal Contraceptive Methods?

An increasingly important issue is whether certain ART regimens are expected to have drug interactions when used with certain hormonal contraceptive methods. In theory, an interaction could affect the efficacy of either medication, or cause side effects or toxicity. If contraceptive efficacy decreases, the chances of contraceptive failure, unintended pregnancy, and the accompanying consequences increase.

Published
10 December 2014
From
K4Health
New herpes treatment strategy described by researchers

A novel treatment approach for persistent viral infections such as herpes has been described by researchers. Using animal models of herpes simplex virus infection, researchers show that blocking the activity of a host cell protein called LSD1 reduces herpes infection, shedding and recurrence.

Published
10 December 2014
From
Science Daily
S.F. men shed condoms in favor of Gilead's HIV prevention pill

The good news: A pill from Gilead Sciences Inc. stops HIV infection among people at high risk of contracting the AIDS virus. The bad news: Men taking the drug to prevent HIV appear to be having more sex without a condom, putting them at risk of contracting other sexually transmitted diseases.

Published
09 December 2014
From
San Francisco Business Times
HPV vaccine, riskier sexual activity not linked researchers say

Sexual behavior of teenage girls does not appear to be impacted by the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, according to Queen's University, Canada researchers Drs. Leah Smith and Linda Lévesque.

Published
09 December 2014
From
Eurekalert
Alex Garner: Generations of HIV

Each generation of gay men has the distinct experience of being uniquely impacted by HIV. One of the best-understood and often explored generational experiences of HIV is the early years -- a time when the disease violently and unexpectedly emerged in the community. Misunderstandings are common between the generations. The problem is that over the past 30 years, we haven't had great relationships between the generations. Perhaps one of the more poignant losses of the epidemic is the loss of a relationship between the generations.

Published
05 December 2014
From
Huffington Post
Diagnosis of syphilis as an entry point for PrEP initiation among men who have sex with men

The results suggest that a new diagnosis of syphilis is an important opportunity for PrEP initiation, unless contraindications are present. This would be in addition to immediate syphilis treatment, and treatment for sexual partners.

Published
01 December 2014
From
UNAIDS Science Now
Tyler Curry - Rejected: The Struggles of Dating With HIV

You are going to be rejected. It is true, and it is going to happen eventually. Someone is going to shut you down before they get to know you because you are living with HIV. It sucks, it isn't fair, and there is nothing that you can do about how they feel. But you can stop equating rejection with loss.

Published
28 November 2014
From
Huffington Post
These men are taking naked shower selfies to help fight the stigma of HIV

A new social media campaign is based around the idea that asking “are you clean”, referring to HIV status, is offensive, and implies that anyone who is HIV positive is somehow “dirty”.

Published
28 November 2014
From
Pink News
Invisible sexuality: older adults missing in sexual health research

The Australian Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR), the latest findings of which were released recently, has much to commend it. Like its counterpart, the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL), it provides an illustration of sexual practices of today’s adults. Both studies leave out a significant proportion of the population – older adults.

Published
24 November 2014
From
The Conversation
HIV now and then: 1982 vs 2014

Jonathan Blake was one of the first people in Britain to be diagnosed back in 1982 and 19-year-old Luke Alexander found out last year he had the virus. BBC Radio 5live got the two men together at the Gay's The Word bookshop in London to talk frankly about their experiences of living with HIV.

Published
20 November 2014
From
BBC (video)

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