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STI infection rates among gay men reach 'crisis' levels

A growing epidemic in the UK of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) linked to a rise in unprotected sex and club drug use represents “a crisis for gay men”, a leading expert has said. Rates of gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis in gay men have soared in recent years, official figures show, while new HIV infections have also reached record highs.

Published
09 February 2014
From
The Independent
Provocative new ad aimed at promoting safe sex tells people to 'Come Together' to fight Aids

No, it's not yet another risqué advert for perfume, sexy underwear or online dating services but is, in fact, a refreshing attempt by an international charity to put the issue of HIV/Aids and safe sex back at the forefront of people's minds. The advert has been created in a bid to highlight the continued importance of addressing the HIV epidemic - an issue which the International HIV/AIDS Alliance believes has fallen off the public agenda in recent years.

Published
06 February 2014
From
Independent
‘Not quite normal’ – exploring poor mental health in gay men

Although legal and social equality for gay people is further advanced in the Netherlands than in most other countries, Dutch gay men have much higher rates of

Published
06 February 2014
By
Roger Pebody
HPV Vaccination 'Should Be Given To Boys'

Thousands of lives could be saved in Britain each year if boys are given the same vaccination that protects girls from developing cervical cancer. Campaigners say the jab - which 12 and 13-year-old girls get to immunise them against Human Papilloma Virus - would be "hugely beneficial" to boys as well. They say the £24m-a-year cost of immunising boys would save "a colossal amount further down the health chain".

Published
05 February 2014
From
Sky News
Meth: interview with DJ Fat Tony on sex party drug behind HIV rise in London gay scene

Follow-up interview to http://www.channel4.com/news/crystal-meth-hiv-gay-men-london-sex-parties with gay scene DJ Fat Tony on increases in meth injection in gay men in London. "These are not street addicts - I know doctors, practitioners, lawyers- this is injection of a recreational drug."

Published
31 January 2014
From
Channel 4 News
Is managing HIV making us more sexually liberated?

There’s no simple answer to why gay men bareback. It’s a mixture of all of these issues, but chief among these is certainly the fact that thanks to ever advancing medication HIV is no longer regarded as a death sentence.

Published
30 January 2014
From
Beige
Gay and bisexual men in UK warned of Shigella outbreak

Gay and bisexual men in the UK are being targeted with a new health information campaign warning them about a serious gut infection. The joint Public

Published
30 January 2014
By
Michael Carter
Taking one to tango: how restricting responsibility for safer sex to individuals hinders talking about safer sex

A discussion paper based on a Canadian project that invited HIV-negative and HIV-positive gay men to discuss anti-HIV stigma and sexual risk-taking concludes that ideas of “individual responsibility”

Published
28 January 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Using Facebook to help trace and control the spread of an outbreak of syphilis

Public health workers in Milwaukee were frustrated by the inability of traditional methods—phone calls, field visits, mailing letters—to help them find people who may have been sexually exposed to people with syphilis. They have developed a way of contacting sexual partners via Facebook in addition to using traditional public health tools.

Published
22 January 2014
From
CATIE
John Grant: HIV 'Doesn't Make Me Less of a Human'

After publicly disclosing his HIV status while guesting at a Hercules & Love Affair gig in London last year, musician John Grant got sober and self-analysed. “Sex and, more particularly, unsafe sex was just another way of escape and forgetting,” he says.

Published
20 January 2014
From
The Music

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