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Lack of “lube” hurts HIV prevention

Safer-sex messaging on condoms is universal; but the generally poor availability and awareness around lubricants is hindering HIV prevention, health activists warn.

Published
21 February 2013
From
IRIN Plus News
Sexual health commissioning: Frequently asked questions

These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been produced by the Local Government Association (LGA) and Public Health England. They address a number of transitional issues relating to the transfer of responsibility for commissioning sexual health services to local government.

Published
21 February 2013
From
Local Government Association & Public Health England
Male circumcision tied to less sexual pleasure

Men circumcised either as children or adults report less intense sexual pleasure and orgasm than their uncircumcised counterparts, according to a new study from Belgium.

Published
20 February 2013
From
Reuters
Updated NICE guidelines revise treatment recommendations for people with fertility problems

The guidelines include recommendations for couples with HIV. They are essentially unchanged from the consultation version, stating that sperm washing may no longer be necessary for couples where the man has HIV and the woman does not. As long as the man is on effective antiretroviral treatment and unprotected sex is limited to days when his partner is ovulating, “sperm washing may not further reduce the risk of infection.” However the guidance does not support the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by the HIV-negative partner.

Published
20 February 2013
From
NICE press release
The HIV treatment cascade – patching the leaks to improve HIV prevention

The concept of an HIV treatment cascade has emerged as a way to identify gaps in the continuum, which are preventing people from realizing the treatment and prevention benefits of antiretroviral therapy.

Published
20 February 2013
From
CATIE Prevention in Focus
Saving Safe Sex: An Interview With Richard Berkowitz

The writer of the first safer sex manifesto for gay men talks about PrEP, gay culture and the profile documentary Sex Positive.

Published
19 February 2013
From
Huffington Post (blog)
Many people with HIV not disclosing at GUM clinics: estimates of undiagnosed infections may be too high

Many people with HIV are not disclosing their status when using sexual health clinics, according to the results of a study conducted at a large London genitourinary

Published
19 February 2013
By
Michael Carter
HIV transmission amongst men who have sex with men - NAT comment

The Medical Research Council and the Health Protection Agency research which shows a failure to reduce HIV transmission amongst men who have sex with men despite a decade of prevention work makes for depressing reading.

Published
18 February 2013
From
National AIDS Trust
Real Talk: Play Well with Others? Open Relationships and Our Health

What motivates couples to open their relationships—or not? How do men in open relationships (and their outside partners) protect their physical health and emotional well-being? And is the marriage equality movement changing expectations around gay relationships?

Published
18 February 2013
From
BETA blog
Saudi health officials fired over HIV tainted blood

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health fired seven senior officials after a 13-year old girl was given HIV tainted blood in a transfusion, Saudi Gazette reported.

Published
18 February 2013
From
ArabianBusiness.com

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