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Egyptian Court Acquits 26 Men Charged With “Debauchery”

This is the first time a trial court has ever acquitted men accused of homosexuality in a high-profile case, according to human rights activists in Cairo.

Published
12 January 2015
From
Buzz Feed
Changing the Gay Online Hookup Experience

Last fall, Hecht, Tim Patriarca, of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and Dan Wohlfeiler, a researcher at University of California, San Francisco, convened a meeting of gay dating and hookup app and website owners and public health representatives to discuss how websites and apps can create online environments that improve the health of their members.

Published
12 January 2015
From
BETA blog
Gay men are better at predicting when they won’t have sex than when they will

A study in which a group of HIV-negative gay and bisexual men from New York were asked to predict each day whether they would have sex the

Published
12 January 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Judge says Edwin Poots was biased in gay men blood ban

Former Stormont health minister Edwin Poots’ ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland was infected by apparent bias, a High Court judge ruled yesterday. Mr Justice Treacy also held there had been a “very troubling lack of candour” and attempt by the Democratic Unionist MLA to conceal the fact he had taken a decision to maintain the lifetime prohibition. He also backed claims by lawyers for a homosexual man that Assembly comments showed Mr Poots stance was influenced by his Christian beliefs.

Published
09 January 2015
From
The Irish Times
What It’s Like to Be LGBT & Living With HIV In Malaysia?

Transgenders and Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) are most vulnerable when it comes to HIV/AIDS protection, according to Pink Triangle members, Manis and Along.

Published
08 January 2015
From
Malaysian Digest
Easing the HIV Burden

In recent years, two remarkable studies have emerged that provide real solutions for people living with HIV who want to avoid passing the virus on to others. Having grappled with my own HIV diagnosis over the past seven years, there has been something deeply profound and very personal about the findings of both studies. Ever since the HPTN 052 results were released, I’ve often pondered if my transition into living life with HIV might have been less traumatic had I known that treatment would help me avoid passing HIV on to my sexual partners.

Published
04 January 2015
From
The Advocate
AIDS Healthcare Foundation Continues Anti-PrEP Rhetoric With New Ad

Justin considers himself a “reformed bug chaser. I want to take care of myself now. Using PrEP isn’t for me to be a whore. It’s one of the valuable options out there to protect myself from HIV,” he said. But added, “I am still going to bareback.” He’s only been on the once a day blue pill for a couple of months. He admits that the first month he missed four to five of his doses. But said he was going to work on better adherence in the future by using sticky notes and setting alarms on his phone to remind him. South Florida Gay News caught up with him a month later when he said he had only missed one to two doses the second month.

Published
29 December 2014
From
South Florida Gay News
First of its kind HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection guide to help curb increasing prevalence and mortality in the UK launched

The ChemSex and hepatitis C: a discussion guide for HCPs has been developed by 56 Dean Street's David Stuart, who has a wealth of experience in providing drug addiction services to HIV/HCV co-infected MSM. The guide, endorsed by The Hepatitis C Trust, is based on over 500 conversations with MSM, aims to inform healthcare professionals and services providers across the UK around ChemSex (the use of recreational drugs for sex) and HIV/HCV co-infection to empower them to use the terminology that will most resonate with these at-risk groups, and to ensure they are being diagnosed and treated effectively.

Published
29 December 2014
From
56 Dean Street, via Medical News Today
F.D.A. Easing Ban on Gays, to Let Some Give Blood

The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it would scrap a decades-old lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, a major stride toward ending what many had seen as a national policy of discrimination. However, the agency will continue to ban men who have had sex with a man in the last year, saying the barrier is necessary to keep the blood supply safe, a move that frustrated rights groups that were pushing for the ban to be removed entirely.

Published
24 December 2014
From
New York Times
Re-Thinking Risk Compensation: A Conversation with Kim Koester

"When we fixate on risk compensation, which assumes that PrEP replaces or substitutes prior protective behaviors it undermines or marginalizes a far more pervasive reality and that is that men are gravitating towards PrEP as an additive element. Men are seeking additional reassurance and protection from HIV. From the perspective of men who see themselves as adopting safer ways of having sex, in terms of HIV prevention, the notion of risk compensation is offensive and confusing."

Published
19 December 2014
From
BETA blog

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