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Our response to the 2017 Drug Strategy

For the first time, the Government's strategy explicitly addresses the harms of chemsex, which is a welcome step forward. However, the acknowledgment comes without a single mention of gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men, or of a wider LGBT focus in drug treatment throughout the Strategy.

Published
17 July 2017
From
London Friend
PrEP conspiracies and stigma are killing us

Two studies have shown that the people who have the highest risk of acquiring HIV are the ones most likely prevented from taking PrEP by beliefs about what using the HIV prevention drug might say about them, or whether they are being used through PrEP. Stigma continues to interfere in our health care and this country’s history of medical racism casts a long shadow.

Published
15 July 2017
From
The Advocate
Malawian gay men living with HIV more likely to live in rural settings

A study of gay men in Malawi reveals very low levels of HIV testing and treatment access nationwide – with distinct geographic disparities in HIV prevalence that need to be taken into consideration and addressed.

Published
14 July 2017
From
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I Made An HIV Prevention Video For Guys Who Hate Condoms. Here's Why (NSFW)

If you weren’t aware that Gilead recently started running Truvada for PrEP ads, I wouldn’t blame you: they’re exactly the sort of vanilla, stock-photo-and-fine-print yawners that you might expect from a pharmaceutical company. I thought that we needed something bolder, something sexier, and something that reflected the realities of gay sex.

Published
12 July 2017
From
Huffington Post
Britain's Prince Harry says lack of education on HIV is 'absurd'

Britain's Prince Harry has criticized the "absurd" lack education for young people on HIV, saying youngsters often don't know about the virus until it is too late.

Published
12 July 2017
From
Reuters
Gay men in China pour in to buy anti-HIV drug in Thailand

Thailand has been a hot destination for Chinese tourists for years. Yet many now are heading to the Southeast Asian country for a new reason - to buy cheap drugs to prevent HIV.

Published
12 July 2017
From
The Nation
Prince Harry unites global HIV/AIDS leaders during visit to the School

A roundtable discussion with Sentebale Co-Founding Patron leads to new pledges that will ensure young people are given a voice when forming future research and policies.

Published
11 July 2017
From
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Gay black men with housing, social support less like to be part of HIV transmission “clusters”

With the lifetime risk of HIV for black gay men nearing 50% in the U.S., public health experts are keen to identify what’s putting young gay black men at higher risk—and figure out what can be done to protect young gay black men from HIV.

Published
10 July 2017
From
BETA blog
Oral sex spreading unstoppable bacteria

Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread, the World Health Organization has said. Gonorrhoea can infect the genitals, rectum and throat, but it is the last that is most concerning health officials. Dr Wi said antibiotics could lead to bacteria in the back of the throat, including relatives of gonorrhoea, developing resistance. She said: "When you use antibiotics to treat infections like a normal sore throat, this mixes with the Neisseria species in your throat and this results in resistance."

Published
07 July 2017
From
BBC
Gay Black Men Confront Crystal Meth

After experiencing the death of a friend who became addicted to crystal meth, Micheal Rice, a US film maker started asking gay black meth users -- many of whom inject the drug in addition to smoking it from a glass pipe -- whether they'd be willing to talk about their experiences on camera. That led to parTy boi, a raw and heartbreaking documentary Rice has made in which New York City gay black men talk (sometimes incoherently) about both using and dealing meth, sometimes while doing those things.

Published
06 July 2017
From
The Body

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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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