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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
Trump taps Georgia health director to lead CDC

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price announced the selection of Brenda Fitzgerald, an obstetrician-gynecologist who is commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health , to direct the $12.1 billion Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

Published
10 July 2017
From
Science
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
Zambian Activists Launch ‘Team No Shame About HIV+’ Campaign

Over a dozen Zambian youths living with HIV and those who are passionate about fighting the spread of the virus have taken to social media to launch a campaign dubbed ‘Team No Shame About HIV+.’ Activist Benjamin Sakala said: "The other message we are trying to use as a campaign is the U=U meaning Undetectable = Untransmittable. This is aimed at encouraging HIV positive people to do their viral load tests and not just thinking about their CD4."

Published
05 July 2017
From
Paul Shalala / Blogspot
This Was the First Major News Article on HIV/AIDS

Thirty-six years ago, the words “HIV” and “AIDS” weren’t yet invented. But what would later be known as the HIV virus was already at work in the bodies of men in New York and California, perplexing doctors who had no idea why their patients were dying. Then, in July 1981, the United States was given its first look at the mysterious illness with the first major news story to cover the emerging disease. Decades later, it’s a fascinating glimpse into the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

Published
04 July 2017
From
Smithsonian
Should everyone be getting the HIV prevention pill as part of this HIV vaccine study?

More than 500 people have signed up since December to be part of the country’s largest HIV vaccine trial, but some experts are crying foul over what they say is unequal access to the HIV prevention pill among participants.

Published
30 June 2017
From
Bhekisisa
Why I Resigned From the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

The Trump administration threatens everything PACHA stands for.

Published
30 June 2017
From
Self
‘We must listen to science, not stigma. People on effective HIV treatment cannot pass on the virus.’

Medical evidence has shown that people living with HIV and who are on effective treatment cannot pass on the virus. However, a major new survey by Terrence Higgins Trust has shown that only 9% of the British public are aware of this fact, which has been evidenced by scientific research.

Published
29 June 2017
From
Terrence Higgins Trust
US, PEPFAR can do more to influence policies that hinder fight against HIV/AIDS

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, recognizes the negative role of stigma in the fight against HIV. However, authors of a study published this month by University of Washington researchers say the program has done little to address anti-gay legislation as the primary driver of stigma in Africa.

Published
28 June 2017
From
University of Washington School of Public Health
Why opioid deaths are this generation’s Aids crisis

The soaring numbers of deaths from overdoses in the US and UK require a radical and fast rethink of drugs policy.

Published
27 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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