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State's steps to control HIV seen as model for nation

Massachusetts residents with HIV are twice as likely as patients nationally to have the disease under control, according to a report from the state Department of Public Health with wider implications for other states and nations seeking to curb the spread of the virus.

Published
15 January 2015
From
Boston Globe
My Gonorrhea Nostalgia

A common objection to the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is that taking a pill to prevent HIV does not guard against other STI’s and therefore condoms must continue to be used. But when did avoiding every possible STI become the new goal for gay sexual behavior? Syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea are all easily treated and cured.

Published
14 January 2015
From
My Fabulous Disease
US: Only 1 Confirmed Case of Occupational HIV Acquisition Since 1999

Only a single health care worker was confirmed to have acquired HIV on the job between 2000 and 2013, according to the CDC.

Published
14 January 2015
From
AIDSMeds
NYC Health Dept. Launches PrEP, PEP Outreach Campaign

To boost awareness of pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) to prevent HIV infection, the NYC Department of Health has launched an outreach program targeted to 600 doctors.

Published
14 January 2015
From
Poz magazine news
Improved school attendance credited with reducing HIV infections among teenage girls in Uganda

The Ugandan government’s decision to abolish tuition fees for school pupils, the resulting improved participation in education and an associated decline in adolescent sexual activity are responsible

Published
14 January 2015
By
Roger Pebody
South African HIV Program on Rights of Sex Workers

“The introduction of a national HIV programme for sex workers finally plugs a gaping hole in our country’s response to the epidemic,” said Dr. Fareed Abdullah, CEO of the South African National AIDS Council. “General HIV services simply do not meet the special needs of sex workers.”

Published
13 January 2015
From
Global Fund press release
Why OCD Is 'Miserable': A Science Reporter's Obsession With Contracting HIV

Adam has had OCD for 20 years. His fear that he will catch AIDS — in situations where it would be almost impossible for him to acquire HIV — has been quieted by OCD treatment he's received, but it hasn't gone away.

Published
13 January 2015
From
NPR (blog)
Nevada May Require Condoms on Porn Sets, Just Like at Brothels

After a porn actor likely contracted HIV on set, Nevada is thinking about requiring the adult film industry to meet the same safe-sex standards enforced in brothels.

Published
12 January 2015
From
Poz magazine news
Gay men are better at predicting when they won’t have sex than when they will

A study in which a group of HIV-negative gay and bisexual men from New York were asked to predict each day whether they would have sex the

Published
12 January 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Judge says Edwin Poots was biased in gay men blood ban

Former Stormont health minister Edwin Poots’ ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland was infected by apparent bias, a High Court judge ruled yesterday. Mr Justice Treacy also held there had been a “very troubling lack of candour” and attempt by the Democratic Unionist MLA to conceal the fact he had taken a decision to maintain the lifetime prohibition. He also backed claims by lawyers for a homosexual man that Assembly comments showed Mr Poots stance was influenced by his Christian beliefs.

Published
09 January 2015
From
The Irish Times

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