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Beyond 'HIV Status': Interface Design Is Personal at SCRUFF

As Founding Partner and head of product at SCRUFF, one of the world's largest online gay communities, I have the great privilege of contributing to the design of features that improve the way guys connect. One of the first features our members requested after we launched in 2010 was the ability to disclose HIV status in their profiles. Before moving forward, we wanted to be sure we got it right.

Published
11 December 2014
From
Huffington Post
Blinded by Fear: How Politics Influenced Medical Policy in Greece

There is no one particular reason for Greece’s stringent policies on HIV. Rather, the combination of political power plays, economic instability, and societal fear planted the seeds for criminalization of the disease.

Published
10 December 2014
From
The Politic
Uganda: Emphasising evidence-based prevention technologies a better deal

On World AIDS Day President Yoweri Museveni told Ugandan youth to fight AIDS by not having sex and blamed evidence-based prevention interventions, in particular, condoms and medical male circumcision on Uganda’s troubled AIDS response. He also said becoming HIV-positive brings shame to a family. These off-the-cuff comments cause more harm than good.

Published
10 December 2014
From
New Vision
unPrEPared

I’ve been slightly unprepared this week, I’m not used to saying “no” to people who want help raising awareness about HIV, but in the past seven days I’ve found myself doing it more times than in the whole five years I’ve been living with HIV. It probably won’t surprise many of you that this is due to a contentious issue… and that issue is PrEP.

Published
10 December 2014
From
Alex Sparrowhawk: HIV & Me (blog)
Sophisticated HIV diagnostics adapted for remote areas

Diagnosing HIV and other infectious diseases presents unique challenges in remote locations that lack electric power, refrigeration, and appropriately trained health care staff. To address these issues, researchers have developed a low-cost, electricity-free device capable of detecting the DNA of infectious pathogens, including HIV-1.

Published
10 December 2014
From
Science Daily
New herpes treatment strategy described by researchers

A novel treatment approach for persistent viral infections such as herpes has been described by researchers. Using animal models of herpes simplex virus infection, researchers show that blocking the activity of a host cell protein called LSD1 reduces herpes infection, shedding and recurrence.

Published
10 December 2014
From
Science Daily
Injectable 3-D vaccines could fight cancer, infectious diseases

A non-surgical injection of programmable biomaterial that spontaneously assembles in vivo into a 3-D structure could fight and even help prevent cancer and also infectious disease such as HIV, scientists have demonstrated. Tiny biodegradable rod-like structures made from silica, known as mesoporous silica rods (MSRs), can be loaded with biological and chemical drug components and then delivered by needle just underneath the skin, they explain.

Published
10 December 2014
From
Science Daily
S.F. men shed condoms in favor of Gilead's HIV prevention pill

The good news: A pill from Gilead Sciences Inc. stops HIV infection among people at high risk of contracting the AIDS virus. The bad news: Men taking the drug to prevent HIV appear to be having more sex without a condom, putting them at risk of contracting other sexually transmitted diseases.

Published
09 December 2014
From
San Francisco Business Times
PrEP and sex shaming

Within our communities there is a rich seam of disapproval of other people’s sex lives. You hear it in the stigmatisation of gay men living with HIV and I see similar corrosive language used to describe PrEP.

Published
09 December 2014
From
GMFA
HPV vaccine, riskier sexual activity not linked researchers say

Sexual behavior of teenage girls does not appear to be impacted by the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, according to Queen's University, Canada researchers Drs. Leah Smith and Linda Lévesque.

Published
09 December 2014
From
Eurekalert

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