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Needle exchange Is allowed after HIV outbreak in an Indiana county

An outbreak of HIV in southeastern Indiana prompted the governor on Thursday to declare a public health emergency as officials worked to stop the spread of the virus that causes AIDS. The governor authorized a short-term exchange program that would provide drug users with access to sterile needles so that contaminated needles were less likely to be shared. Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, has long opposed such programs. But he said that the outbreak, which was first identified in late January, had reached epidemic proportions, justifying the action. “This is all hands on deck,” Mr. Pence said. “This is a very serious situation.”

Published
19 hours ago
From
New York Times
Guidance on overseas visitors hospital charging regulations

Guidance for NHS bodies in carrying out their duties under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015 to make and recover charges for NHS hospital treatment from chargeable overseas visitors. It also includes guidance to safeguard the health of those not entitled to free hospital treatment and new guidance on sharing information on NHS debtors to subject them to immigration sanctions.

Published
27 March 2015
From
Department of Health
Online dating not just about ‘hooking up’ for Aussie gay and bisexual men

Use of the internet to meet partners has become so ubiquitous among gay men that comparisons between men who use online dating methods to meet partners and those who do not have become less meaningful.

Published
27 March 2015
From
Kirby Institute press release
Indiana governor to declare health emergency in HIV epidemic

Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday morning is expected to reveal details of an emergency plan to address an HIV epidemic in southeastern Indiana linked to intravenous drug use. But it's not clear whether he will give the green light for clean needle exchange.

Published
26 March 2015
From
Indianapolis Star
Charging non-EU visitors to the UK for GP appointments ‘would backfire’, researchers say

Charging non-EU migrants for access to primary care would increase health risks to the rest of the population and place an even bigger financial burden on the NHS, experts from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have warned.

Published
24 March 2015
From
Pulse
Canada: PrEP use now could save considerable sums in the future

A Canadian paper that weighs the cost of using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infections against the lifetime total cost of one HIV infection finds that,

Published
20 March 2015
By
Gus Cairns
This HIV Charity Is Telling People To Measure Out Drugs With A Plastic Sushi Bottle

Buzzfeed picks up on GMFA's 'Safer Chems' campaign: "As fears mount about G, mephedrone, and crystal use among gay and bisexual men, GMFA has launched a new NHS-backed campaign to stop people overdosing. It’s pretty amazing."

Published
18 March 2015
From
Buzzfeed
Misogyny in Fag Space: How to Have a Dick Without Being a Dick

Not all gay men have penises, trans man Brandyn Gallagher warns, and it's about time other gay men started dealing with it. "Once upon a time, I was a young fag disguised as a girl. Throughout junior high and high school, I consistently dated boys who eventually figured out they were gay and dumped me so they could instead date men. Rejection, being told my body isn’t desirable or legitimate enough for the men toward whom I’m attracted, has been part of my internal narrative for as long as I can remember. It’s gotten better for me over time, but dating in the world of gay men is far from struggle-free—for anyone, but especially a trans man."

Published
18 March 2015
From
Beta Blog
Screening may miss pre-cancerous anal lesions in women with HIV

Existing algorithms to screen for anal cancer in women living with HIV could be missing many cases of anal high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL) – abnormal tissue

Published
12 March 2015
By
Theo Smart
Thai junta may pass law banning men who have sex with men from monkhood

The junta cabinet in Thailand has approved a bill on religion which can be used to prosecute, with jail terms, people who propagate ‘incorrect’ versions of Buddhist doctrines or cause harm to Buddhism. The bill also posts jail terms specifically for homosexual monks.

Published
11 March 2015
From
Prachatai. org
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