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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
HIV's infection tactics could guide AIDS vaccine, study finds

New research that sheds light on the methods and machinery used by HIV to infect cells provides insight into the tricky virus that potentially could guide the development of a vaccine against the virus that causes AIDS, according to U.S. government and other scientists.

Published
09 October 2014
From
Reuters
Uganda's flagging male circumcision drive

Limited funding and personnel, as well as misconceptions and cultural beliefs, are some of the challenges hindering Uganda's goal of circumcising at least 4.2 million men by 2015 in a bid to lower the country's HIV/AIDS incidence.

Published
08 October 2014
From
IRIN
What we know about transmission of the Ebola virus among humans

The Ebola virus is transmitted among humans through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids, the most infectious being blood, faeces and vomit.

Published
08 October 2014
From
World Health Organization
The Pill Truvada Can Prevent HIV/AIDS, and for Some, That's a Problem

Researchers estimate that PrEP is over 90 percent effective if taken as prescribed. The PrEP program also calls for screenings for HIV and sexually transmitted infections at three-month intervals. This addresses a challenge doctors have struggled with for years: keeping at-risk people in contact with medical care for regular testing and rapid treatment. But despite its promise, PrEP has generated significant controversy in the LGBT and public health communities.

Published
08 October 2014
From
Newsweek
South Africa: New Data Shows Country May See Decline in New HIV Cases

Better care and treatment of HIV patients may be putting the country on the road to a decline in infections - and the secret lies in patients' blood, according to new data.

Published
06 October 2014
From
AllAfrica
Counselling during routine HIV care reduces rates of risky sex among people on ART in South Africa

HIV prevention counselling delivered during routine care reduces sexual risk behaviour in people receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) in South Africa, according to research published in the online edition

Published
06 October 2014
By
Michael Carter
The treatment cascade in the United States – good in Ryan White programmes, but overall picture for gay men is poor

People living with HIV in the United States who receive their care through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program have good rates of retention and virological suppression, investigators

Published
03 October 2014
By
Michael Carter

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