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Tanzania suspends some HIV programs for gay men, says health minister

Tanzania has suspended community-based HIV/AIDS prevention programs for gay men, the health minister said on Monday, in the latest crackdown on the high-risk group. Ummy Mwalimu, Tanzania's minister for health said the government had received reports that some local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were promoting and normalizing same-sex relationships as part of their HIV programs.

Published
01 November 2016
From
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Only a small proportion of gay men with HIV receive anal cancer screening

In the absence of national screening guidelines, only 11% of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in the US received anal pap smears to detect anal cancer or

Published
31 October 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
Tests of online PrEP purchases by London clinic find no fakes, and adequate drug levels

A sexual health clinic in central London that offered to test drug levels in users of tenofovir/emtricitabine pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) who had bought it online found adequate

Published
26 October 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Some of the Americans who need PrEP the most face the greatest barriers to getting it

The personal values and moral judgements of healthcare providers are likely to interfere with the appropriate provision of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), Sarah Calabrese of Yale University told

Published
25 October 2016
By
Roger Pebody
NHS Under Pressure To Explain “Homophobic” Response To HIV Drug Ruling

NHS England is facing calls from leading HIV charities and a Conservative MP to explain why it heavily edited a press statement on a court ruling about an HIV prevention drug to include lines that have been described as “homophobic” and “irresponsible”.

Published
21 October 2016
From
BuzzFeed
Large increases in HIV suppression needed to reduce new infections in critical population

Achieving moderate reduction of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) will depend on significantly increasing the percentage of HIV-infected MSM whose viral load is suppressed to undetectable levels, according to a new mathematical model based on data from Baltimore. Access and adherence to antiretroviral therapy are key to sustained HIV suppression, which dramatically reduces the risk of transmitting HIV to others.

Published
20 October 2016
From
National Institutes of Health
Vaginal and rectal bacteria may have a big influence on HIV transmission and microbicide efficacy

A number of presentations at the 2016 HIV Research for Prevention Conference (HIVR4P) in Chicago looked at the influence vaginal bacteria have on HIV susceptibility, and one

Published
20 October 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Policy makers’ inaction is leading people to take PrEP ‘in the wild’

An increasing number of gay men and others at risk of HIV are seeking to protect their health with PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), but the lack of

Published
19 October 2016
By
Roger Pebody
How well do condoms protect gay men from HIV?

In laboratory testing, condoms used perfectly according to directions should be 99.5% effective against HIV with only mechanical failure (i.e. breakage) resulting in infections. Since we are human and tend to not have laboratory-style sex, how well do they actually work in reality to prevent HIV for gay men?

Published
17 October 2016
From
BETA blog
Anti-gay sentiment seen threatening Indonesia's goal to end AIDS by 2030

Growing anti-gay sentiment in Indonesia could hamper efforts to combat fast-rising HIV infections among one of the most at-risk groups, threatening the country's target to end an AIDS epidemic by 2030, a senior official has warned.

Published
13 October 2016
From
Reuters

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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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