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Gay men in China pour in to buy anti-HIV drug in Thailand

Thailand has been a hot destination for Chinese tourists for years. Yet many now are heading to the Southeast Asian country for a new reason - to buy cheap drugs to prevent HIV.

Published
12 July 2017
From
The Nation
Immune system may keep body from neutralizing HIV-1 virus

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered that a process protecting the body from autoimmune disease appears to prevent it from creating antibodies that can neutralize the HIV-1 virus, a finding that could possibly help lead to a vaccine that stimulates production of these antibodies.

Published
11 July 2017
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Contaminated blood scandal: Theresa May orders inquiry

Inquiry to look into deaths of 2,400 people after thousands were infected with hepatitis C and HIV in 1970s and 80s.

Published
11 July 2017
From
The Guardian
First vaccine shows gonorrhoea protection

A vaccine has for the first time been shown to protect against gonorrhoea, scientists in New Zealand say. The vaccine, originally developed to stop an outbreak of meningitis B, was given to about a million adolescents in New Zealand between 2004 and 2006. Researchers at the University of Auckland analysed data from sexual health clinics and found gonorrhoea cases had fallen 31% in those vaccinated. The meachanism of protection is unknown. This particular vaccine is no longer available but the UK has been using a similar vaccine, though whether it will protect is also unknown.

Published
11 July 2017
From
BBC
Gay black men with housing, social support less like to be part of HIV transmission “clusters”

With the lifetime risk of HIV for black gay men nearing 50% in the U.S., public health experts are keen to identify what’s putting young gay black men at higher risk—and figure out what can be done to protect young gay black men from HIV.

Published
10 July 2017
From
BETA blog
Scotland launches PrEP and its own PrEP website

Scotland has started prescribing PrEP to people seeking it and who fit the criteria. Welcome to PrEP.Scot where you can find out more about PrEP in Scotland, who it’s for and where to access it.

Published
07 July 2017
From
PrEP.Scot
Surprise FDA Approval of Generic Truvada Is a 'Wakeup Call' for Activists

The surprise approval of generic Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and emtricitabine) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 9 left patients, advocates and doctors scrambling to understand exactly when the generic will become available and how much it will cost.

Published
07 July 2017
From
The Body
Gay Black Men Confront Crystal Meth

After experiencing the death of a friend who became addicted to crystal meth, Micheal Rice, a US film maker started asking gay black meth users -- many of whom inject the drug in addition to smoking it from a glass pipe -- whether they'd be willing to talk about their experiences on camera. That led to parTy boi, a raw and heartbreaking documentary Rice has made in which New York City gay black men talk (sometimes incoherently) about both using and dealing meth, sometimes while doing those things.

Published
06 July 2017
From
The Body
Zambian Activists Launch ‘Team No Shame About HIV+’ Campaign

Over a dozen Zambian youths living with HIV and those who are passionate about fighting the spread of the virus have taken to social media to launch a campaign dubbed ‘Team No Shame About HIV+.’ Activist Benjamin Sakala said: "The other message we are trying to use as a campaign is the U=U meaning Undetectable = Untransmittable. This is aimed at encouraging HIV positive people to do their viral load tests and not just thinking about their CD4."

Published
05 July 2017
From
Paul Shalala / Blogspot
Does it ever make sense to target HPV screening at HIV-infected individuals?

A number of recent studies have considered the case for HPV-related cancer prevention interventions that are targeted at specific populations. A recent study suggests that, given their more rapid progression to precancerous conditions, HIV positive women in sub-Saharan Africa should be given the multivalent HP)V vaccine, as it already is to HIV-positive MSM in some high-income settings.

Published
05 July 2017
From
BMJ

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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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