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Advocates Applaud Launch of MTN-017, World’s First Phase II Rectal Microbicide Study

IRMA applauds the launch of the world’s first-ever Phase II rectal microbicide trial. The Microbicide Trial Network’s study, called MTN-017, will test a reduced glycerin formulation of tenofovir gel applied rectally. Volunteers consisting of gay men, other men who have sex with men, and transgender women will participate in the study at sites in the United States and in Thailand, South Africa, and Peru.

Published
02 October 2014
From
IRMA
Would an HIV-preventing drug change your world?

BBC World Service phone-in discussion on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Contributors include Michael Weinstein (AIDS Healthcare Foundation), Helen Rees (Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute), Garry Brough (Terrence Higgins Trust), David Campos (San Francisco Board of Supervisors) and PrEP users.

Published
01 October 2014
From
BBC World Have Your Say (audio)
Lifting U.S. Gay Blood Ban Could Increase Supply by 2% to 4%

Such an increase could help save the lives of more than 1.8 million people nationwide each year. 

Published
01 October 2014
From
Poz magazine news
NYC promotes acceptance of controversial HIV drug

New York City's health department is advertising on gay hookup apps and lobbying doctors to promote wider use of a controversial anti-HIV pill that vastly cuts the risk of infection. But the therapy has stoked infighting among AIDS activists over promiscuity and safer sex practices.

Published
01 October 2014
From
Newsday
PrEP will need high adherence, high effectiveness and high coverage in specific populations to be affordable in the US, New York study finds

A study based on New York City that modelled pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake there has found that in order to be affordable, PrEP would need to be

Published
01 October 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Approximately 4.2 million over 50s are now living with HIV

Persuasive new data showing the ageing of the global HIV epidemic have been published in the online edition of AIDS. Using UNAIDS prevalence figures, investigators estimated that 4.2

Published
30 September 2014
By
Michael Carter
Gay and Bisexual Men See HIV as the Top Health Issue Facing Their Community, But Majorities Are Not Personally Worried About Getting Infected & Not Getting Tested Regularly

More than thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and at a time when infections among gay and bisexual men are on the rise in the U.S., a new national survey of gay and bisexual men by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) finds that though HIV/AIDS is named as the number one health issue facing their population, a majority (56%) are not personally concerned about becoming infected, and relatively few report having been tested recently.

Published
29 September 2014
From
Kaiser Family Foundation press release
Only half of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV received care and treatment in 2010

Among gay and bisexual men in the United States who have been diagnosed with HIV, only half are receiving care and treatment for their infection, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And just 42 percent have achieved viral suppression – meaning their virus is under control at a level that helps keep them healthy and also greatly reduces their risk of transmitting HIV to others.

Published
29 September 2014
From
CDC press release
Can this HIV drug help to end 30 years of blighted lives?

Truvada is giving peace of mind to gay men in the US – it should be offered here on the NHS now.

Published
29 September 2014
From
The Guardian
Choosing to Love Poz Guys

Jake Sobo writes: "The serodivide is crumbling. Hookup sites that used to allow only two options for HIV status now offer endless choices, from undetectable to on PrEP. Recent life expectancy projections suggest that gay men who test HIV-positive today and start treatment quickly will live longer than those who do not...Unlearning decades of stigma and fear will not happen overnight. It will take time and learning. That’s okay. But the cost of staying in place is too great, both for poz guys who face that stigma and fear on a daily basis, and to our communities which remain divided."

Published
27 September 2014
From
Betablog

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