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HCV sexual transmission: HIV negative may be at risk, more awareness and testing needed

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is known to be sexually transmitted among HIV positive men who have sex with men, but HIV negative men may be at risk as well, according to recent reports. Other recent studies have looked at awareness of HCV sexual transmission and screening practices, suggesting that improvement is needed in both areas.

Published
16 October 2014
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
High effectiveness seen in English PrEP trial

The Steering Committee* of the PROUD trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in gay men in England announced today that participants currently on the deferred arm of the

Published
16 October 2014
By
Gus Cairns
The Welcome Side Effect of PrEP

A spike in relationships that bridge the so-called viral divide may be an unintended side effect of the use of PrEP for HIV prevention.

Published
14 October 2014
From
The Advocate
Fear causes media to self-censor on sexual minorities in Africa

What is it about lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people that ties broadcasters’ tongues and melts journalists’ minds in articulating stories on these neglected communities? An obvious answer to this is the four-letter word: fear. Fears grip many journalists in Africa when it comes to the issue of covering these communities.

Published
14 October 2014
From
Key Correspondents
HCV core-antigen testing is a reliable way of detecting acute HCV infections in HIV-positive gay men

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) core-antigen testing is a highly reliable way of diagnosing acute HCV infections in people living with HIV, investigators from the United Kingdom report

Published
13 October 2014
By
Michael Carter
Trust, Intimacy, and HIV Testing

A recent study conducted by Stephenson and colleagues finds that partnered men who have sex with men (MSM) are significantly less likely to get regular HIV tests than MSM who are single. Among a sample of 404 partnered HIV-negative men, less than half (49%) reported getting tested at least once a year, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Partnered MSM are also much more likely than single MSM to engage in anal intercourse without condoms. And, estimates show that as many as three-quarters of HIV infections among MSM in the U.S. happen in the context of primary relationships.

Published
08 October 2014
From
BETA blog
Thailand hits party scene to combat rising HIV among gay men

Over the past decade, HIV has spread rapidly among gay men, transgender people and male sex workers in Bangkok to reach epidemic levels, fueled partly by greater use of illicit party drugs that make people less cautious about sex, experts said.

Published
06 October 2014
From
Reuters
The treatment cascade in the United States – good in Ryan White programmes, but overall picture for gay men is poor

People living with HIV in the United States who receive their care through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program have good rates of retention and virological suppression, investigators

Published
03 October 2014
By
Michael Carter
Advocates Applaud Launch of MTN-017, World’s First Phase II Rectal Microbicide Study

IRMA applauds the launch of the world’s first-ever Phase II rectal microbicide trial. The Microbicide Trial Network’s study, called MTN-017, will test a reduced glycerin formulation of tenofovir gel applied rectally. Volunteers consisting of gay men, other men who have sex with men, and transgender women will participate in the study at sites in the United States and in Thailand, South Africa, and Peru.

Published
02 October 2014
From
IRMA
Investigating an outbreak of hepatitis C virus among MSM without HIV

Given the reports about the high-risk practices taking place in London (and likely other cities in high-income countries), it is likely that cases of sexually transmitted HCV are also occurring in some HIV-negative MSM. To investigate this possibility, researchers in London reviewed health-related information collected from HIV-negative patients who sought care at selected clinics in that city.

Published
01 October 2014
From
CATIE

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