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Legalising gay marriage may improve health and reduce healthcare costs

In the past few years, psychologists and doctors have discovered that policy changes for or against same-sex marriage can influence patterns of healthcare for lesbian and gay people. Although the research was conducted primarily on gay men in the US, the implications for other sexual minority groups in nations considering same-sex marriage legislation are far-reaching.

Published
08 February 2013
From
The Guardian
Only 1 in 5 Medicaid Users Linked to Care Within a Year After HIV Diagnosis

Only about 20% of adult Medicaid recipients who tested positive for HIV during the past decade began receiving appropriate care – including CD4 T-cell count and viral load monitoring – within a year of diagnosis, and the rate did not improve much within 5 years, according to an analysis described in the January 2013 issue of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Published
07 February 2013
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
Study finds incentive price for reducing HIV risk in Mexico

With a goal to reduce HIV risk behaviors, researchers investigated whether gay men and male sex workers in Mexico City would participate in a conditional cash transfer program that encourages HIV prevention education and regular testing. A new study in the European Journal of Health Economics reports the price that would get more than 75 percent participation: $288 a year.

Published
05 February 2013
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Is London’s gay scene self-harming through sex and drug use?

David Stuart of gay men's drug project Antidote discusses increases in the use of methamphetamine and mephedrone in London's gay scene and an increased tendency to inject them.

Published
24 January 2013
From
Pink News
Better Syringe Designs Could Nearly Eradicate Global Annual HIV Infections from Syringe Sharing Within Eight Years

Switching the type of syringe used by people who inject drugs could help curb HIV transmission in countries with injection-driven epidemics within eight years, according to a new article which summarizes existing evidence regarding how low dead-space syringes can help reduce HIV transmission and estimates potential impacts on HIV transmission among people who inject drugs.

Published
16 January 2013
From
Newswise (press release)
Africa: Study Confirms Role of Road Networks in HIV Spread

Road networks are strongly related to the spread of HIV-1 - the HIV subtype responsible for the AIDS pandemic - across Sub-Saharan Africa, a study confirms.

Published
14 January 2013
From
AllAfrica
How Men in South Africa Are Trying to Stop Violence Against Women

The Sonke Gender Justice Network is encouraging young men to embrace new behaviors.

Published
07 January 2013
From
The Atlantic
Rich Kenyans hardest hit by HIV, says study

Money, power and lifestyle are among the contributing factors leading to a high HIV prevalence rate, according to the head of the monitoring and evaluation unit at the National Aids Control Council (NACC), Dr Patrick Mureithi.

Published
17 December 2012
From
Daily Nation
New study shows structural factors play major role in access to HIV services for gay men worldwide

A large-scale study of gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), conducted by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), indicates that only one third of MSM can easily access condoms, lubricant, HIV testing, and HIV treatment.

Published
30 November 2012
From
MSMGF
Does Muslim religion have an impact on HIV transmission?

A recent paper in the American Sociological Review – Adamczyk & Hayes  – seeks to demonstrate that the predominance of the Muslim religion in a country may have a macro-level, cultural impact on the sexual behaviour (pre- and extra-marital sex) of its residents.

Published
08 November 2012
From
BMJ Group blogs

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