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Fall in HIV among gay men could spell end for Britain's epidemic, say experts

New data from Public Health England talks about the potential elimination of HIV, revealing the first downturn in the epidemic among gay and bisexual men since it began, thanks to a combination of frequent testing of people at high risk of infection and rapid treatment.

Published
22 June 2017
From
The Guardian
Sex without fear – ​my experiment with ​the HIV-prevention drug PrEP

When I first heard about the HIV-prevention drug PrEP – pre-exposure prophylaxis – I had mixed feelings. But I was worried that my reaction was the result of anti-gay conditioning, being brought up to think that I didn’t deserve the same rights as the rest of society, and I wanted to challenge this by taking the drug for three months to find out more.

Published
22 June 2017
From
The Guardian
How doctors in Texas are trying to protect transgender patients from a persistent threat: HIV

By offering hormone therapy, the clinic aims to earn the trust of a population that often feels alienated by mainstream medicine and persuade those at high risk of exposure to the virus to start on a drug regimen that can prevent infection.

Published
21 June 2017
From
Los Angeles Times
‘Fathers’ Explores a World Where AIDS Never Killed Our Queer Forbearers (Video)

Gay Mexican director Leo Herrera is directing Fathers (aka. The Fathers Project), a sci-fi documentary that explores how society might be different if the AIDS epidemic had never happened. The film mixes real life and fantasy with a cast and crew including historians, artists and performers who imagine the cultural and political influence that we could have had had our “fathers” (the queer men who proceeded us) had not become part of a lost generation.

Published
21 June 2017
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Health warning for gay men over Hepatitis A outbreak at World Pride in Madrid

Public Health England has issued a warning to gay men after an outbreak of hepatitis A. The health body issued an urgent warning to those planning on attending World Pride in Madrid later this month, encouraging them to visit their genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic to request the vaccine. Those not travelling to World Pride are advised to ask about vaccination at their next sexual health check-up.

Published
21 June 2017
From
PinkNews
I Found Out I Was HIV Positive at a Gay Bar

What it's like to emerge from a life-changing moment into the arms of strangers.

Published
21 June 2017
From
Vice
America's Latest Drug Epidemic Is Weirdly Nonviolent

Despite an unprecedented epidemic of opioid overdose deaths that began way back in the late 90s, US crime rates have been declining for decades, and are now less than half their 1991 peak. Criminalization only makes addiction worse. When addiction—and the supply of drugs—are medicalized, on the other hand, their connection with crime is greatly reduced.

Published
20 June 2017
From
Vice
#IASYouthVoices: PrEP and Proud

"I feel like most young men who have sex with men are invisible in the eyes of health workers." – Kyle, Johannesburg, South Africa. The #IASYouthVoices series returns this month with new stories from young people sharing how HIV affects their lives, from accessing HIV prevention to navigating treatment and care. Watch Kyle's story.

Published
20 June 2017
From
International AIDS Society / YouTube
Russian 'gay propaganda' law ruled discriminatory by European court

A Russian law that bans gay “propaganda” encourages homophobia and discrimination, the European court of human rights has ruled, in a sharply worded rebuke to the Kremlin. The state has been ordered to pay damages totalling €43,000 (£37,800) plus costs and interest within three months.

Published
20 June 2017
From
The Guardian
Uganda fails to target gay men and sex workers in fast-track HIV initiative

Activists have criticised the Ugandan president for failing to cater for gay men in his new plan to end HIV by 2030. President Yoweri Museveni launched his ambitious initiative last week, but did not specifically mention gay people, sex workers and drug users – who bear a disproportionate share of the HIV burden.

Published
15 June 2017
From
The Guardian
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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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