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To better target HIV prevention, identify people whose social contacts have high viral loads

Rather than relying on assessment of an individual’s sexual behaviour or of ‘community viral load’, targeting of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and other prevention interventions could in part

Published
23 November 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Guerrilla public health

Saying no doesn't always work, and many people who use illegal drugs just want non-judgemental help and advice. From safe-use graphic guides, to safe places to exchange needles, this is a potted (and sometimes controversial) history of drug harm reduction in the UK from the 1980s on.

Published
22 November 2017
From
Wellcome Collection
Avon and Somerset police branded ‘disgusting’ for HIV ‘misinformation’ over spit hoods

People living with HIV say Avon and Somerset police are “disgusting” for suggesting the immunodeficiency virus can be contracted through spitting. One HIV positive man, who has asked not to be named, claims the language used around the police’s announcement that its officers would be allowed to put ‘spit hoods’ over the heads of people who have been arrested only furthered “misconceptions and lies” about HIV.

Published
21 November 2017
From
Bristol Post
Police accused of exaggerating risks of HIV to introduce spit guards

A police force has been accused of fear mongering and stigmatising sufferers of hepatitis C and HIV by playing up the risks of transmission of blood-borne viruses as a reason to introduce spit guards.

Published
20 November 2017
From
The Guardian
Schistosomiasis increases risk of infection with HIV, especially for women and is also associated with a higher HIV viral load

Infection with schistosome parasitic worms has an important role in HIV transmission, especially for women, and may accelerate HIV disease progression, according to research published in PLOS Neglected

Published
20 November 2017
By
Michael Carter
Harm Reduction Beyond Numbers

How cultural attitudes, the political environment, and donor expectations shape harm reduction – and how they can divert it from its original mission as a movement.

Published
20 November 2017
From
Drug Reporter
PrEP campaigns must include youth, communities of color

Sandy Close, moderating a panel on how to close the information gap on PrEP in underserved communities, called it a “break the silence issue,” referring to the stigma and misconceptions about PrEP and HIV. Misinformation about the drug is all too rampant. Too many from communities of color believe the drug is not for them.

Published
19 November 2017
From
San Francisco Examiner
12 Gay Men Living With HIV Explain What It Means To Be Undetectable

A British LGBTQ advocacy group is hoping to clarify some misconceptions about what it means to be HIV undetectable in a quirky new video. “The Undetectables,” released Tuesday, features testimony from 12 gay men who are living with HIV.

Published
17 November 2017
From
HuffPost
European Cure Review concentrates on HIV therapeutic vaccines

A cure for HIV would almost inevitably have to involve a vaccine to improve the body’s natural ability to control HIV, a seminar on European HIV cure

Published
16 November 2017
By
Gus Cairns
What's it like being in a HIV mixed diagnosis relationship?

'I spent a lot of time researching the condition and I learnt quite quickly that people with HIV live the same length of time as people without. The most important fact is that if your partner is on HIV medication, there's zero chance of being infected."

Published
15 November 2017
From
Metro

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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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