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A simple ask in 2016: the UN goal of universal HIV treatment

Last week, the working draft for 2016 UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS was released with only a few days for comments. Called the Zero draft, like previous statements produced every five years, it is a list of observations, comments and goals. But using the UN Statement as a platform of human rights has become disconnected from the scientific and medical advances in HIV over the last five years. The bulk of the draft document could have been written at any time during the epidemic, certainly most of it could have been written in 2011. There is only one reference to dramatic changes in the WHO 2015 guidelines and only two references to PrEP.

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7 hours ago
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i-Base
MSM communities in Asia call for national PrEP strategies to prevent new HIV infections

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the daily medication that prevents HIV infections, is efficacious and has real potential to help global and local efforts to reach prevention targets in Asia and the Pacific, according to the meeting report of “PrEPARING ASIA”, the region’s first and biggest, as well as the world’s first community-led, consultation on the rolling out of the medication. The report calls for PrEP to be included in national HIV prevention strategies, particularly for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Asia and the Pacific.

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10 hours ago
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APCOM
When pornography uses condoms, those watching have safer sex

Men who view more sexually explicit pornography where condoms were used were less likely to have anal sex without a condom themselves. A study shows evidence that suggests pornography can have an important protective function by encouraging men to use condoms. The research is among the first to examine the relationship between sexually explicit media and the frequency of condomless anal encounters.

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13 hours ago
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Eurekalert Medicine & Health
The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases

The college student had real concern in his eyes when he asked me a question during a recent presentation at American University. “Isn’t it true,” he asked, “that the HIV epidemic continues because people who know they are positive keep infecting other people?” It is a question I have heard before, in one way or another, and it always makes me cringe. Not only does it thrust all culpability onto those living with HIV, it also promotes a narrative that being infected with HIV chemically changes our moral fiber and transforms us into abusive monsters.

Published
13 hours ago
From
My Fabulous Disease
ART use doesn't increase sexual risk among people with HIV in the UK

Taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) is not associated with an increased risk of condomless sex with HIV-negative/unknown status partners – sex that potentially involves a risk of transmission  –

Published
13 hours ago
By
Michael Carter
More targeted interventions to diagnose HIV during acute infection are needed, researchers warn

Men who have sex with men (MSM) diagnosed with HIV in the acute phase of HIV infection have a greater number of recent sexual partners and

Published
15 hours ago
By
Michael Carter
Newly Diagnosed HIV+ Men Are Embracing Treatment More Than Ever Before

Gay and bisexual men who are newly diagnosed with HIV change their behaviour to reduce the chance of onward transmission, according to the results of a long-running Australian study released today. It found that more newly diagnosed men are adopting treatment as prevention (TasP) than ever before.

Published
26 April 2016
From
Star Observer
PrEP: HIV drug trials expanding to 2000 men in Queensland after 'brave' government decision

A groundbreaking new drug tipped to stop the spread of HIV within just a few years will be available to more than 2,000 Queensland men under a $6 million trial program. Pressure had been mounting on the Queensland Government to expand its trial previously offered to just 50 men, after the New South Wales Government upped their program to include 3,700 men and Victoria offered 2,600 men the daily dosage pill.

Published
26 April 2016
From
ABC Online
HIV PrEP currently too pricey to justify use in people who inject drugs

The model suggested that over 20 years, enrolling a quarter of HIV uninfected injection drug users in a PrEP + screening + ART program would be the optimal approach for reducing HIV infection. However, at current drug prices this approach would cost the U.S. an additional $44 billion, which is equivalent to annually spending 10 percent of the current federal budget for domestic HIV/AIDS on PrEP for people who inject drugs.

Published
26 April 2016
From
Medical Xpress
First data on uptake of HIV self-testing in the UK

Between April 2015 and February 2016, almost 28,000 people have paid £29.95 for a kit allowing them to test for HIV at home, according to a presentation

Published
26 April 2016
By
Roger Pebody
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