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Female drug users in Georgia face barriers to access therapy

Many women addicted to drugs in Georgia are unable to access harm-reduction programmes because of stigma and discrimination, including from health professionals.

Published
17 October 2014
From
The Lancet
Phone apps could help promote sexual health in MSM

Public health experts hope smartphone apps that men who have sex with men use to meet sexual partners might help in health promotion.

Published
17 October 2014
From
The Lancet
UK: Funding cuts for drug and alcohol treatment

Earlier this month (October 2014) Public Health England and the Association of Directors of Public Health published a joint review of drug and alcohol commissioning in England and Wales. This Department of Health funded review was based on a series of interviews with Directors of Public Health (94% of the 152 Upper Tier authorities participated) and Drugscope and looked at current and future commissioning plans for drug and alcohol treatment.

Published
17 October 2014
From
Russell Webster (blog)
CDC Director Compares Ebola to AIDS. But How Similar Are They?

CDC director Tom Frieden says this about Ebola: "The only thing like this has been AIDS." In fact, the two viruses share similarities but also have big differences.

Published
17 October 2014
From
Poz magazine news
HIV Diagnoses Among Young Gay Men: We Need to Act

I will keep saying it until I'm blue in the face: new HIV Infections have almost doubled amongst 15-24 year olds. I read my briefing over breakfast this morning and I cannot quite describe the feeling in my stomach. How can we, how can I allow this to happen, and how did these data slip out and go largely unreported this week?

Published
16 October 2014
From
Huffington Post
Limited support for key populations undermines Ugandan HIV control

Uganda’s HIV/AIDS control efforts have been undermined by a lack of consensus and clarity over which people constitute Key Populations (KPs) to be targeted in various prevention, care and treatment efforts, say experts.

Published
16 October 2014
From
IRIN
High effectiveness seen in English PrEP trial

The Steering Committee* of the PROUD trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in gay men in England announced today that participants currently on the deferred arm of the

Published
16 October 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Are antimicrobial condoms the new frontier against STIs? Not quite…

Australian biotech company Starpharma has announced the imminent launch of a condom coated with an antimicrobial chemical known as VivaGel. While it might be marketed as a great leap forward for preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), it’s unlikely to offer any more protection than your average condom.

Published
14 October 2014
From
The Conversation
Just how 'gay' is anal play, really?

As Charlie Glickman, a sex educator and the author of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure: Erotic Exploration of Men and their Partners, explained in an interview last year with Playboy: “We carry a lot of shame around our anuses. ... It’s a shame that starts when we’re in diapers.” According to Glickman,who identifies as bisexual, even as adults, “We look for a reason to justify the taboo. We say it’s disgusting. We say it’s dirty. We say it’s gross.”

Published
14 October 2014
From
The Guardian
The Welcome Side Effect of PrEP

A spike in relationships that bridge the so-called viral divide may be an unintended side effect of the use of PrEP for HIV prevention.

Published
14 October 2014
From
The Advocate
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