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The Report: Chemsex

Crystal Meth, GHB/GBL and Mephedrone are drugs that together can heighten arousal and strip away inhibitions. They've become increasingly popular on London's gay scene, and the effects can see some users taking part in weekend-long sex parties, involving multiple partners. For Radio 4's The Report, Mobeen Azhar speaks to men entrenched in this lifestyle and explores the impact the so-called 'chemsex' scene is having on public health services.

Published
03 July 2015
From
BBC Radio 4
NHS England announces annual investment decisions for certain specialised services [including HIV treatment as prevention]

NHS England has today (2 July) set out its planned investment decisions for certain specialised services as part of its annual commissioning round.

Published
03 July 2015
From
NHS England press release
The drugs that protect people who have unprotected sex

HIV infection rates are on the rise, particularly among gay men. But could a new type of drug treatment - PrEP - be given to people so they avoid catching the disease, asks Mobeen Azhar.

Published
03 July 2015
From
BBC
Demonstrators demand NHS access to PrEP

A long and diverse group of people formed a line outside the 56 Dean Street NHS health clinic last night, demanding access to PrEP – a daily pill that prevents HIV transmission. Although 56 Dean Street is London’s busiest and most advanced sexual health clinic, the NHS does not let doctors at the clinic prescribe PrEP. Dressed in blue, the colour of the pills themselves, the line of protesters snaked around the corner to Old Compton Street, with passers-by stopping to ask what was happening.

Published
03 July 2015
From
SoSoGay
Fact-Checking AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Latest Anti-PrEP Screed

The ad, ironically entitled “The War Against Prevention,” is nothing short of a scurrilous attack on Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as HIV prevention and on gay men’s right to protect themselves against HIV. The missive uses crafty manipulations, and select omissions, of the science behind PrEP to push the agenda of AHF’s notoriously anti-PrEP president, Michael Weinstein.

Published
03 July 2015
From
AIDSMeds
Russia has a serious HIV crisis, and the government is to blame

"I think you could probably point to Russia as a worst-practice for virtually every aspect of how to respond to an HIV epidemic concentrated among drug users," says Daniel Wolfe, director of the International Harm Reduction Program at the Open Society Foundations, the George Soros-funded NGO.

Published
03 July 2015
From
The Verge
J&J vaccine completely prevented HIV in half of monkeys in trial

An experimental Johnson & Johnson vaccine completely prevented HIV infection in half of monkeys that got the shot and then were exposed to high doses of an aggressive virus, results that spurred the company to test the vaccine in people, academic and company researchers said on Thursday.

Published
03 July 2015
From
Reuters
Multiple strategies for safer conception need to incorporate couples' preferences

Misunderstandings about serodiscordance and limited understanding of female fertility and male insemination are barriers to couples in serodiscordant partnerships in attempting to practice safer conception methods, according to

Published
03 July 2015
By
Lesley Odendal
The PROUD Study: a video documentary

A video documentary, directed by Nicholas Feustel and funded by the MRC, on the PROUD Study, a two year study that showed how a daily pill could offer excellent protection against HIV in the real world.

Published
02 July 2015
From
Vimeo
Washington DC sees 'remarkable' drop in number of newly reported HIV cases

The number of newly diagnosed cases of HIV and the deaths related to the illness continued to drop in the District of Columbia in 2013, although overall prevalence of the virus remained at epidemic levels, according to data released Tuesday by the city.

Published
02 July 2015
From
Washington Post
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