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Hep C… and Me?

A hookup mentioned hepatitis C. It made me question my life. Should I be getting tested for hep C? Did I need to be asking tricks about their status? Was my blissful ignorance about hep C a problem?

Published
29 May 2015
From
BETA blog
Testing and treatment up along with condomless sex in Melbourne

GAY men in Melbourne are having more condomless anal sex with both regular and casual partners, while testing regularly for HIV and treating if they receive a positive diagnosis are also both on the increase, according to this year’s Gay Community Periodic Survey results.

Published
29 May 2015
From
Sydney Star Observer
UK male rape charity Survivors UK has state funding slashed to zero despite 120% rise in men seeking help

Survivors UK, which has received £70,000 a year from the Ministry of Justice for the past four years to fund its counselling services, is now being placed under significant pressure at a time when tackling rape, sexual violence and child sexual abuse has become a key focus for the police and the government following the revelations of Jimmy Savile’s years of abuse.

Published
28 May 2015
From
The Independent
High lifetime costs of treating HIV show importance of investing in prevention

The lifetime cost for treating one HIV infection in the UK is almost £380,000, according to a model published in the online journal PLOS One. Switching to generic

Published
27 May 2015
By
Michael Carter
Rhode Island Blames STD Spike On Hookup Apps Like Tindr

Sexually transmitted disease rates in Rhode Island rose sharply between 2013 and 2014, and the state's department of health is pointing to hookup apps like Tinder as one of the driving forces behind new outbreaks. The rise has been precipitous: Syphilis cases in Rhode Island increased by 79 percent between 2013 and 2014 while gonorrhea cases increased by 30 percent. Newly identified HIV cases increased by almost 33 percent, according to a new state report. Gay men made up 75% of new cases of syphilis.

Published
27 May 2015
From
Huffington Post
Kenya: High Court Orders LGBT Group Registration

The High Court of Kenya, in a groundbreaking decision, ruled on April 24, 2015, that members of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights group could formally register their organization, Human Rights Watch said today. “The court decision is a significant victory for the LGBT community, not only in Kenya, but elsewhere in Africa where LGBT groups have faced similar obstacles to registration,” said Graeme Reid, LGBT rights director at Human Rights Watch. “An LGBT organization’s ability to register and advocate for its members is fundamental for free association, free speech, and equality under the law.”

Published
27 May 2015
From
Human Rights Watch
Inter-connecting health problems increase HIV risk for MSM

Intertwining health problems – syndemics – are associated with higher viral load and poorer adherence in HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) taking antiretroviral treatment (ART),

Published
19 May 2015
By
Michael Carter
Decriminalising homosexuality in Kenya will help reduce HIV

In Kenya, stigma and discrimination against sexual minorities, particularly men who have sex with men and transgender people, is putting them at increased risk of HIV.

Published
15 May 2015
From
Key Correspondents
Truvada PrEP causes only mild loss of bone mineral density

Treatment with tenofovir/emtricitabine (Truvada) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is associated with small but significant decreases in bone mineral density (BMD), investigators from the landmark iPrEx study report in the

Published
14 May 2015
By
Michael Carter
Philip Christopher Baldwin talks about living with hep C in the gay community

I did not have the courage to tell people that I had Hep C, worried that others would gossip about me. There were no role models in the media for co-infection with HIV and Hep C, which made it harder to be open. I had fought so hard to be an out gay man, and now I was hiding something that was inextricably linked to my sexuality, to my identity and to my core sense of who I am.

Published
13 May 2015
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