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MSMGF: Good Gays get a Blue Ribbon, Bad Gays Bear their Cross

On November 23, the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) announced that it had partnered with gay dating App Hornet to launch Blue Ribbon Boy, “the largest targeted, global HIV viral suppression campaign to date”. The MSMGF hopes to reach 7 million MSM around the world through the Hornet dating platform, asking them to answer a short series of yes/no questions about their sexual health. Then, “Based on their answers, those who qualify will receive a blue ribbon icon on their profile photo signifying their personal commitment to sexual health, irrespective of their HIV status. Men who do not meet the standard will be offered recommendations for ways to protect and improve their sexual health so they can become a Blue Ribbon Boy”. Let’s look at the more disturbing issues arising from an intervention that pits the “good gays” who get a reward against the “bad gays” who bear their cross.

Published
02 December 2015
From
Incidence Zero
World AIDS Day: A Slut’s Perspective

"The gay culture in which I am enmeshed is no longer living in the grip of fear. ... I see gay men become increasingly confident and enthusiastic about interacting with one another, both online and in social spaces. We talk about the sex we’re going to have, and we negotiate boundaries. We take responsibility for our own health, and we show concern for the health of others. ... In short, sexuality is moving beyond being merely accepted; it is becoming celebrated. The rise of slut pride has emerged from the ashes of the 1970s."

Published
02 December 2015
From
Satyriconstories.com
Profile: British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

The vision and dedication of director Julio Montaner, his team, and support from British Columbia politicians past and present, have seen HIV rates in BC plummet from more than 800 new cases per year in the 1990s to their current low of under 250—the lowest rate in Canada.

Published
27 November 2015
From
The Lancet
Can Charlie Sheen really have doctor-approved unprotected sex?

Charlie Sheen did more than merely announce he’s HIV-positive on Tuesday morning’s “Today” show — he brought the disease and its myriad treatment methods straight to breakfast tables nationwide. In detailing his HIV journey, Sheen not only relieved himself of blackmail and innuendo — he introduced America to the impressive range of treatment options and procedures now available for the 37 million people living with HIV across the globe. Here’s what it all means for you.

Published
24 November 2015
From
New York Post
Charlie Sheen: I Have HIV, Am Undetectable and Paid $10M in Shakedowns

Charlie Sheen's major health issues weren't the HIV itself, but rather the substance abuse and depression related to his HIV diagnosis, said his doctor.

Published
17 November 2015
From
Poz magazine news
Many HIV transmissions in sero-discordant couples occuring at CD4 cell counts above ART eligibility threshold

Many HIV transmissions in sero-discordant couples occur when the HIV-infected partner has a high CD4 count and may therefore be ineligible for antiretroviral therapy (ART) in settings where

Published
03 November 2015
By
Michael Carter
Priorities for HIV care: the perspectives of healthcare providers and patients

Virological suppression and co-morbidities are the main focus of consultations between HIV healthcare providers (HCPs) and their patients, according to results of a study conducted by NAM and

Published
02 November 2015
By
Michael Carter
Strategies for hepatitis C ‘treatment as prevention’ must address the concerns of people who inject drugs

While epidemiologists and public health experts are excited by the potential of new hepatitis C drugs to limit onward transmission of the virus among people who inject

Published
28 October 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Can Europe reach the 90-90-90 target for HIV treatment by 2020?

The European region needs to step up prevention and treatment activities if it is to reach the UNAIDS target of 90% diagnosed, 90% of those diagnosed on

Published
22 October 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
How do we treat the world? Experts discuss moving to universal HIV treatment

What practical steps does the global healthcare community need to take in order to expand HIV treatment so that it can reach everyone who is diagnosed? And

Published
21 October 2015
By
Gus Cairns

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