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PrEP Pops Up On Cruising Sites

We are now seeing the emergence of profiles where guys self-identify as PrEP users on cruising sites and apps like Grindr and Squirt. Is this a signal that PrEP is now a part of gay men’s sex lives? I decided to check out one of these sites to see what was happening.

Published
15 hours ago
From
Positive Lite
No to treating our way out of the epidemic, say South African experts

No, we cannot treat our way out of the HIV epidemic, was the resounding sentiment of a panel of expert clinicians and the audience, at a debate

Published
21 October 2014
By
Lesley Odendal
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
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