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Three things you shouldn't say to gay men about HIV

Critics of PrEP, the daily pill that stops people getting HIV, say that gay men just need to change their behaviour, not take a preventative medicine. Here is why that alone is not the answer.

Published
20 May 2016
From
The Independent
House of Lords to debate how Government can eliminate HIV in the UK

A debate will be held in the House of Lords, after a question was asked by Lord Guy Black of Brentwood on how the Government plans to bring down rates of HIV transmission.

Published
20 May 2016
From
PinkNews
Poor mental health more commonly experienced by gay and bisexual men who are younger, poorer, less educated or black

While it is well established that men who have sex with men are more likely to experience poor mental and emotional health than other men,

Published
20 May 2016
By
Roger Pebody
PrEP uptake poised to grow as physicians gain insight, stigmas fade

Experts say some barriers that have led to a slow initial uptake in PrEP are beginning to crumble as more doctors learn about FTC/TDF and stigmas surrounding its use begin to fade.

Published
19 May 2016
From
Infectious Disease News
Leading sexual health specialist says 'HIV prevention wonder drug' must be available on the NHS NOW

A 'game-changing' pill which can prevent HIV must be made available on the NHS now, a leading sexual health expert said today. If used in the correct manner, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment, can be effective in stopping transmission of the virus in almost all cases.

Published
19 May 2016
From
Mail Online
The Dangerous Silence Around HIV Prevention for Women and Trans People

"I've been HIV-positive for 25 years," says Juno Roche. "But as far as statistics go, I'm invisible. A few years ago, I noticed one of my prescriptions still had "male" on it. They still had me down as a man who sleeps with men."

Published
19 May 2016
From
VICE
HIV-infected organs transplanted at Birmingham hospital

A Birmingham hospital has successfully transplanted two HIV infected organs into patients also suffering from the disease. Liver transplants, from two separate donors, were carried out at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Edgbaston, in the pioneering procedures. Whilst one patient donated both kidneys in surgery performed at Guy’s Hospital, in London.

Published
19 May 2016
From
Birmingham Mail
Early-capture HIV study allows for characterization of acute infection period

Acute HIV infection (AHI) contributes significantly to HIV transmission and may be important for intervention strategies seeking to reduce incidence and achieve a functional cure. In a study by the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP), Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists enrolled and intensively followed a cohort of high-risk individuals, tracking their HIV status and characterizing the disease through the acute stages of HIV infection.

Published
19 May 2016
From
EurekAlert!
Large-Scale HIV Vaccine Trial to Launch in South Africa

The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and its partners have decided to advance an experimental HIV vaccine regimen into a large clinical trial, the first for seven years. This new study, called HVTN 702, is designed to determine whether the vaccine is safe, tolerable and effective at preventing HIV infection among South African adults. The trial will begin in November 2016, pending regulatory approval. It will recruit 5400 HIV-uninfected men and women aged 18 to 35 years who are at risk for HIV infection.

Published
18 May 2016
From
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Denmark shows first clear evidence of the success of treatment as prevention in gay men in a high income country

A study by the University of California, Los Angeles, and Copenhagen University Hospital provides the first unambiguous evidence of a link between high rates of viral suppression

Published
18 May 2016
By
Gus Cairns

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