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Hysteria about drugs and harm minimisation. It's always the same old story

"No matter how impressive the evidence of benefits, or how weak the evidence of serious side effects or how badly a strategy is needed, new harm reduction strategies are always greeted the same way: with relentless hostility. Debates about harm reduction always follow the same pattern. Hysterical fears are confidently asserted as if proven beyond doubt while potential benefits, often based on considerable research and experience, are dismissed or ignored."

Published
23 August 2016
From
The Guardian
Having Sex With Poz Men Helped Kick My Fear of HIV

The fear of contracting HIV has run my life for what feels like forever, and I’m not willing to let it control me any longer.

Published
23 August 2016
From
The Advocate
Stigma persists in the undetectable era

In an era of widespread HIV treatment and undetectable viral load, stigma remains a persistent feature in the lives of almost half of people living

Published
28 July 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Vitamin D supplements 'advised for everyone'

Everyone should consider taking vitamin D supplements in autumn and winter, public health advice in England and Wales says.

Published
25 July 2016
From
BBC Health
Not So Fast: Do people with HIV really experience accelerated aging?

Recent talk about HIV and aging has almost always been scary. A number of studies conclude that people living with HIV have so-called “accelerated aging”—meaning they will suffer heart attacks, strokes, cancers, and osteoporosis more often and sooner than those without HIV. Well, this is one article on aging and HIV that will challenge the concept of people living with HIV having an early expiration date. Instead, we can look at what we know and what we don’t, to get a better idea of what the risks are for HIV-positive people growing older—and what they can do about them.

Published
08 July 2016
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Positively Aware
What the Gay Men’s Sex Survey tells us about chemsex

We especially welcome the survey findings as they include all-too rare data about the role of alcohol and drugs. Our work in our Antidote LGBT drug and alcohol service has been dominated by responding to chemsex needs in the past few years, but it’s been difficult to get a perspective on how widespread a problem it actually is. The Gay Men’s Sex Survey gives us some answers.

Published
28 June 2016
From
London Friend
Gay men report a wide range of behaviours to make sex safer

Gay men in the UK employ a wide range of precautionary tactics and behaviours to avoid harms during sex – using condoms is just one of

Published
22 June 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Gay sex survey: why preventing HIV means calling an end to finger pointing

Thinking of HIV prevention only one topic at a time - like chemsex or PrEP - impedes our ability to provide education across the wide range of needs in the community. Looking for singular solutions has not got us ahead of the curve on HIV infections among men having sex with each other. It is a complex multifaceted problem that requires sustained systemic change in a wide range of social institutions.

Published
21 June 2016
From
The Conversation
World No Tobacco Day 2016: Living with HIV, dying with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

Why does it make sense to integrate tobacco cessation into antiretroviral clinics?

Published
31 May 2016
From
Inis Communication
Would you take a drug to prevent meth relapses, or stop alcohol cravings?

A small pilot study published in JAIDS has shown that a drug called naltrexone helps men who are interested in cutting back use less often, and may help reduce cravings for both meth and alcohol when taken on an as-needed basis.

Published
27 May 2016
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BETA blog
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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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