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How the anal cancer epidemic in gay and bi HIV-positive men can be prevented

Almost 620,000 gay and bisexual men in the United States were living with HIV in 2014, and 100,000 of these men were not even aware of their infection. These men are 100 times more likely to have anal cancer than HIV-negative men who exclusively have sex with women. Yet, no national screening guidelines exist for anal cancer prevention in any population.

Published
27 September 2017
From
The Conversation US
HIV diagnoses on the rise among over-50s in Europe

Just over one in six people diagnosed with HIV in Europe between 2004 and 2015 was over 50 years of age, and new diagnoses in

Published
27 September 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Older Americans With HIV: A Conversation with San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy

About a quarter of the estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States are 55 years of age or older. While many have been living with HIV for years, some have acquired their infections more recently—about 1 in 6 new HIV diagnoses that occur each year in the U.S. are in people over 50. To coincide with this year’s National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, amfAR spoke with Jeff Sheehy, the Supervisor for District 8 in San Francisco since January 2017.

Published
26 September 2017
From
amfAR
People living with HIV in the UK not receiving appropriate monitoring of heart disease risk

The majority of HIV-positive people in the UK are not receiving recommended monitoring of cardiovascular risk, according to the results of an audit conducted by

Published
26 September 2017
By
Michael Carter
Chemsex Has Always Been With Us

Not before time, the gay press in London, realising we have a dangerous drugs-and-sex scene here that is killing gay men, has finally started to cover it in an analytic, compassionate and sober way (pun intended). I’m pleased about this, and pleased by this powerfully written piece by David Stuart (see https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/chemsex-will-defines-period-gay-history/#gs.3r47mag). No one has done more to help and rescue gay Londoners who have got lost in the maze of chemsex, and help them achieve self-respect and structure in their lives. And yet I disagree that Chemsex is anything new. We gay men have been always been furtive about the sex we sex we want and do, and have always sought private, intoxicated spaces to do it in.

Published
19 September 2017
From
Huffington Post
Aging is not a disease. It’s time we stop treating it that way

In honor of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, held this year on September 18, BETA invited HIV clinician and geriatrician Meredith Greene, MD, to share her perspective on HIV, health and ageism—and what we all can do to overcome the negative effects of age discrimination in our own lives.

Published
19 September 2017
From
BETA blog
Smokers with HIV doing well on treatment now at greater risk of lung cancer than AIDS

People living with HIV on antiretroviral treatment with fully suppressed viral load who smoke are much more likely to die of lung cancer than HIV-related

Published
19 September 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Chronic pain common in people living with HIV

HIVMA comprehensive guidelines recommend screening everyone with HIV, offering multidisciplinary treatment focusing on non-drug options.

Published
14 September 2017
From
EurekAlert
Widely used diabetes test may not be suitable for Africans

People of African descent may mistakenly get the all-clear from a widely used type 2 diabetes test called HbA1c, according to an international study. The findings have important implications as they suggest that using this test as the sole means to diagnose diabetes would do harm, said University of the Witwatersrand endocrinologist Alisha Wade.

Published
14 September 2017
From
Medical Brief
Heavy Marijuana Use Tied to Midlife Cardiovascular Events in U.S. Men With HIV

Heavy marijuana use more than doubled the odds of a cardiovascular event in 40- to 60-year-old men with HIV infection enrolled in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS). The link between heavy marijuana use and cardiovascular disease was independent of viral load, cigarette smoking and other classic cardiovascular risk factors.

Published
13 September 2017
From
The Body Pro

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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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