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Smoking may shorten the lifespan of people living with HIV more than HIV itself

Smoking may shorten the lifespan of people living with HIV more than HIV itselfEurekAlert (press release)A new study led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) finds that cigarette smoking substantially reduces the lifespan of people living with HIV in the U.S., potentially even more than HIV itself.

Published
03 November 2016
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EurekAlert (press release)
Most meth users too embarrassed to seek treatment

The biggest barriers to methamphetamine users seeking treatment are embarrassment or stigma, belief that help is not needed, preferring to withdraw without help and privacy concerns, according to a new study.

Published
01 November 2016
From
University of Western Australia
Chemsex: fuelling STDs

Dr Ann Sullivan: "While we need to recognise that chemsex is here to stay, it could be much safer. People need to be kept informed about the risks and helped to avoid the pitfalls,and specialised services need to be easily accessible and acceptable to those who encounter problems."

Published
12 October 2016
From
The Hippocratic Post
Structural inequalities create vulnerability to HIV for black gay men in New York

The sexual relationships of many African American men who have sex with men are largely shaped by economic insecurity, housing instability and stigma, according to a new

Published
23 September 2016
By
Roger Pebody
HIV-positive gay and bisexual men have increased risk of hospitalisation with anxiety and mood disorders, a risk factor for later mortality

HIV-positive gay and bisexual men are almost ten times more likely to be hospitalised because of mood and anxiety disorders than men in the general population, according

Published
07 September 2016
By
Michael Carter
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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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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