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Criminal laws on HIV transmission make little difference to sexual behaviour – or may make condomless sex more likely

A study comparing the sexual behaviour of American gay men living in states with or without laws that criminalise HIV transmission has found very little variation by

Published
01 February 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Counselling for HIV sero-discordant couples associated with reductions in HIV risk behaviour

Counselling for HIV sero-discordant couples can achieve significant reductions in sexual risk behaviour, according to the results of a Ugandan study published in PLOS ONE. The prospective

Published
10 November 2015
By
Michael Carter
The rise of gay 'chemsex' parties involving libido-enhancing drugs

Life is better than ever for London's gay community. So why are some men indulging in drug-fuelled parties of weekend-long, often unsafe, sex with HIV rates on the rise? The writer Matt Cain believes the roots of the dark 'chemsex' scene touch us all.

Published
20 October 2015
From
The Independent
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'

A UK study on why teenage heterosexual couples may engage in anal sex has revealed a climate of coercion, with consent and mutuality not always a priority for the boys who are trying to persuade girls into having it.

Published
19 May 2015
From
Independent
Abstinence-only curriculum is not sex education, judge rules

California’s sex-education law prohibits school districts from indoctrinating students on the need to remain celibate before marriage or teaching them that abstinence is the only safe way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, a judge has ruled.

Published
14 May 2015
From
SFGate
Men taking HIV treatment have undetectable viral loads in the rectum; sexually transmitted infections make no difference

A small study assessing the infectiousness of HIV-positive gay men taking antiretroviral therapy has found that all study participants had an undetectable viral load in the rectum.

Published
24 April 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Still refusing to date HIV+ guys? Here’s why you could be putting your health at risk

Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why arguments for not having sex with gay men who are HIV positive make little sense – and could actually pose a danger for those who are HIV negative

Published
09 April 2015
From
Gaystar News
California porn actor contracts HIV from co-star while filming

A porn actor in California has contracted HIV from a co-star, while shooting an adult film. Health officials issued an alert after the man tested positive for the virus, but is yet to release any further details about the investigation. The Department of Public Health said it has "very strong evidence" that a male porn star contracted HIV after having unprotected sex during an out-of-state film shoot.

Published
04 January 2015
From
International Business Times
First of its kind HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection guide to help curb increasing prevalence and mortality in the UK launched

The ChemSex and hepatitis C: a discussion guide for HCPs has been developed by 56 Dean Street's David Stuart, who has a wealth of experience in providing drug addiction services to HIV/HCV co-infected MSM. The guide, endorsed by The Hepatitis C Trust, is based on over 500 conversations with MSM, aims to inform healthcare professionals and services providers across the UK around ChemSex (the use of recreational drugs for sex) and HIV/HCV co-infection to empower them to use the terminology that will most resonate with these at-risk groups, and to ensure they are being diagnosed and treated effectively.

Published
29 December 2014
From
56 Dean Street, via Medical News Today
Cell-associated HIV mucosal transmission: The neglected pathway

Dr. Deborah Anderson from Boston University School of Medicine and her colleagues are challenging dogma about the transmission of HIV. Most research has focused on infection by free viral particles, while this group proposes that HIV is also transmitted by infected cells. While inside cells, HIV is protected from antibodies and other antiviral factors. Anderson chides fellow researchers for not using cell-associated HIV in their transmission models: "The failure of several recent vaccine and microbicide clinical trials to prevent HIV transmission may be due in part to this oversight." . The Journal of Infectious Diseases (JID) has devoted their December supplement to this important and understudied topic.

Published
23 December 2014
From
Medical News Today
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