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Say Goodbye to 'Risk'

"Risky business". "Risk taker". "High risk". That’s not how people want to be seen when it comes to HIV. In the epidemic, the word “risk” is associated with the notion of “doing something wrong.” So using the words “at risk” becomes risky in itself. It runs the risk of turning people off, and away from prevention messages. People may not avail themselves of condoms or PrEP if they don’t identify with risk.

Published
25 September 2017
From
Positively Aware
Summer is over – PrEPster statement on IMPACT Trial

PrEPster today expressed frustration and concern that the England PrEP IMPACT Trial has not commenced. Despite NHS England’s commitment to the trial starting in the summer and by the start of September, not one single person has yet to receive PrEP through the trial.

Published
25 September 2017
From
Prepster
Terrence Higgins Trust’s It Starts With Me campaign voted BMA’s Best Overall Resource

It Starts With Me, a seminal ‘supercampaign’ aiming to cut new HIV infections in the UK, was named the BMA’s Patient Resource of the Year at this week’s BMA Patient Information Awards.

Published
25 September 2017
From
Charity Today
Ontario to cover HIV prevention pill under public health plan

Ontario's Health Ministry added the PrEP drug to its formulary of publicly covered drugs on Thursday, effective Sept. 28.

Published
25 September 2017
From
CBC.ca
Australian clinic records show significant reduction in duration of infectiousness in HIV-positive gay men from 2007-2016

The period during which HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) are potentially infectious fell significantly between 2007 and 2016, investigators from Australia report in the online

Published
25 September 2017
By
Michael Carter
My struggle to take anti-HIV medicine

I am a 30-something African-American gay man in New York. HIV is constantly on my mind. Not so much my HIV-negative status. Rather, even though I watched my parents die of AIDS when I was young, I still struggle with whether I should take the drug Truvada, a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that can protect almost completely against HIV.

Published
22 September 2017
From
New York Times
Meet the Man Helping Patients Bring Cheap HIV-Preventing Drugs to Canada

The Calgary nurse got the idea from 'Dallas Buyers Club.'

Published
20 September 2017
From
Vice
Chemsex Has Always Been With Us

Not before time, the gay press in London, realising we have a dangerous drugs-and-sex scene here that is killing gay men, has finally started to cover it in an analytic, compassionate and sober way (pun intended). I’m pleased about this, and pleased by this powerfully written piece by David Stuart (see https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/chemsex-will-defines-period-gay-history/#gs.3r47mag). No one has done more to help and rescue gay Londoners who have got lost in the maze of chemsex, and help them achieve self-respect and structure in their lives. And yet I disagree that Chemsex is anything new. We gay men have been always been furtive about the sex we sex we want and do, and have always sought private, intoxicated spaces to do it in.

Published
19 September 2017
From
Huffington Post
When Is There Zero Risk of Transmitting HIV?

Over the past year, hundreds have joined the growing list of health experts and organizations around the world to endorse the Undetectable Equals Untransmittable Consensus Statement. The U=U Consensus states that a person living with HIV who has an undetectable viral load through treatment cannot transmit the virus to a sexual partner

Published
19 September 2017
From
Advocate.com
The Social Life of Opioids

In essence, if we want to have less opioid use, we may have to figure out how to have more love.

Published
19 September 2017
From
Scientific American

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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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