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New HIV infections falling in US, MSM still top list, CDC reports

HIV incidence—the rate of new infections—fell in the United States from 2008 through 2012, according to the latest surveillance report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But because the US population grew, the number of new HIV infections remained stable over that period.

Published
11 November 2014
From
International AIDS Society
Current State of Rectally-applied PrEP

A recent journal article reviewed the challenges and successes in developing rectal microbicides, including the state of the current field, which we summarize here.

Published
11 November 2014
From
BETA blog
More naloxone programmes to prevent the increasing opiate-overdose deaths in England are ungently needed

Blenheim and IDHDP were appalled by the alarming 32% increase in opiate-overdose deaths in 2013 in England, so they called a Naloxone Action Summit to see what could be changed to reduce this number of unnecessary deaths.

Published
11 November 2014
From
International Doctors for Healthier Drug Policies
An HIV Transmission Case Possibly Associated with Manicure Care

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists numerous potential alternative sources of HIV transmission in addition to the known classical modes for acquiring the AIDS virus. Although manicure instruments is not on this list of alternative sources, a case of HIV transmission that may be linked to sharing of manicure instruments is presented in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses.

Published
11 November 2014
From
AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
More straight people than gay people being diagnosed with HIV in Kent

Straight people being diagnosed with HIV in Kent now outnumber gay people who are diagnosed, according to a new study. The research, carried out at Canterbury Christ Church University, found that the number of diagnoses among men who have sex with men is now lower than for straight people.

Published
11 November 2014
From
Pink News
Missed HPV vaccination opportunities: a consequence of avoiding awkward conversations

In the US, routine administration of quadrivalent HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys at 11-12 yrs, with catch-up vaccination recommended up to 26 yrs for girls, and 21 yrs for boys.  The difficulty has been in the implementation of the recommendation: overall rates of initiating and completion among US teenage girls currently stand at 57% and 35% respectively.

Published
11 November 2014
From
BMJ
Misunderstanding of questions regarding anal sex in microbicide HIV prevention trial

There was widespread misunderstanding and misinterpretation of questions about anal sex being asked of participants in the Vaginal and Oral Interventions to Control the Epidemic (VOICE) trial,

Published
10 November 2014
By
Lesley Odendal
Addiction services in England: in need of an intervention

With change comes both opportunity and chaos: an assertion nowhere more true than with England's addiction services. Over the past 5 years, government initiatives to increase cost-effectiveness have opened up bidding for local services to third-party providers. With increased competition, the thinking went, bloated NHS trusts would sharpen their edges and the quality of care would be improved.

Published
10 November 2014
From
The Lancet Psychiatry
Time for the UK to get ready for PrEP

The results of the PROUD study will renew calls for the intervention to be made available in the UK. Further study is needed to confirm the wider acceptability of PrEP to the highest risk individuals and how it affects risk behaviour, but the UK health authorities should begin now to look into how best to deploy this intervention. The numbers show that a new approach to curbing the HIV epidemic in the UK's MSM is needed, the approach exists, and should be made available as soon as possible.

Published
10 November 2014
From
The Lancet HIV
Rupert Whitaker: A pill for risky sex—another step on the road to a pill for bad housing

The primary problem with PrEP is that, firstly, just as with HIV medications and condoms, it would not necessarily be delivered as part of adequate services in the clinic and, secondly, we don’t always use them properly, sometimes for very good reasons. In real life, physicians won’t always be compliant with guidelines that require PrEP to be prescribed as part of even a minimal programme of behavioural health, and this will increase the risk of problems that are already well evidenced with both PrEP and HIV treatment, such as non-adherence and disengagement from services.

Published
08 November 2014
From
BMJ Group Blogs

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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