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San Francisco AIDS Foundation Opens Groundbreaking Health and Wellness Center for Gay and Bi Men

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) is funding the programmatic expansion and renovation costs associated with its groundbreaking new center for gay and bisexual men’s health and wellness at 470 Castro Street. Slated to open in October, the new center is named “Strut” and brings together the foundation’s well-known and popular free services for sexual health, substance use and mental health, and community engagement and support.

15 September 2015
Australia's HIV contraction stabilises but 1000 a year still return positive tests

Report by Kirby Institute says a quarter of people who test positive for the virus have had it for at least four years without realising

14 September 2015
The Guardian
Simplified HIV Test and Treat program associated with better coverage and lower mortality

A "Test and Treat" protocol for HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment, implemented in two Guangxi, China counties in 2012, was associated with increased engagement in HIV/AIDS care and a 62% reduction in mortality among participants, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine.

09 September 2015
STIs Have Minimal Effects on Viral Load of People on HIV Treatment

Sexually transmitted infections apparently have a minimal effect on the HIV viral load of those who are taking antiretrovirals for the virus. Having an STI was associated with a 29 percent rise in viral load but this finding was not statistically significant. The researchers concluded that having an STI is not likely to reduce the effectiveness of ARVs as a form of HIV prevention.

03 September 2015
STI clinic attendees have high HIV diagnosis rates in Netherlands, but many missed opportunities in primary care

Two studies from the Netherlands show that while the proportion of people with HIV who are diagnosed has improved in recent years, the Netherlands lags behind

02 September 2015
Gus Cairns
HIV Testing Is Down And STDs Are Up As New York City Closes Free Clinics

New York City has quietly shuttered its busiest STD clinic, and the city has cut hundreds of thousands of free HIV tests since 2010. City officials blame a shrinking budget, but AIDS activists say it’s putting many people at risk.

01 September 2015
HIV testing among older adults is declining, despite CDC recommendation

In 2006 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that most doctors should automatically screen all their patients, including older adults, for HIV even if they don't exhibit any symptoms. New research from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health finds that despite this recommendation, testing among older adults has largely fallen over time.

28 August 2015
Eurekalert Inf Dis
3 Reasons Gay Teen Boys Don’t Get Tested for HIV

HIV rates are increasing among young men who have sex with men (MSM), but only one in five gay male teenagers have been tested for the virus, according to findings of a study by Northwestern University and the Center for Innovative Public Health Research.

28 August 2015
Pregnancy is a Missed Opportunity for HIV-Infected Women to Gain Control Over their Condition

Pregnancy could be a turning point for HIV-infected women, when they have the opportunity to manage their infection, prevent transmission to their new baby and enter a long-term pattern of maintenance of HIV care after giving birth—but most HIV-infected women aren’t getting that chance. That is the major message from a pair of new studies in Philadelphia, one published early online this month in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, and the other published in July in PLOS ONE.

26 August 2015
Drexel Now
Russian Lawmakers Advocate Mandatory HIV Testing Plan For Couples Seeking To Marry

The healthcare committee of Russia’s legislative body Duma Wednesday supported a suggestion that would require mandatory HIV testing for all couples seeking to get married.

14 August 2015
International Business Times

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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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