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Florida leads U.S. in new HIV cases after years of cuts in public health

Florida leads the nation in new HIV infections, but it’s not being treated as a crisis by Gov. Rick Scott or the state’s top health officer, Dr. John Armstrong. As the disease has spread, Scott and Armstrong have imposed four years of personnel cuts in the Department of Health that have shrunk the size of county health departments.

Published
24 January 2016
From
Miami Herald
Gay Men Are Using Condoms Less, But Their Use Varies Based on Context

Condom use is declining among men who have sex with men. In a large survey of MSM in major urban areas, nearly two-thirds reported having condomless anal sex at least once during the past year, and a quarter said they had receptive anal intercourse without a condom the last time they had sex with a man. But there is also evidence that MSM use condoms at considerably variable rates depending on their own HIV status, the status of their partners, whether the partner is a main or casual one, and the sexual position.

Published
24 January 2016
From
Poz
Iatrogenic transmission fueled early spread of HIV pandemic in Africa

The association of blood-borne viruses and previous IV procedures among aged residents of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, may suggest the rapid emergence of HIV in this region during the mid-20th century was driven by iatrogenic transmission, according to a recently published study.

Published
22 January 2016
From
Healio
Why people need PrEP

With PrEP still unavailable on the NHS, more and more people are importing the medication themselves. In a blog we published last week, a few gay men doing so told us about how it works out in practice. This week, they tell us what drove them to get PrEP in this way.

Published
21 January 2016
From
Prepster
I'm an HIV Activist, and I Support the FDA Gay Blood Ban

There's been a lot of talk about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban on gay blood, and it's time to set the record straight. The blood ban for sexually active gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) is necessary. It's not a question of discrimination; it's a question of public health.

Published
20 January 2016
From
The Body
The European ChemSex Forum, 6-8 April 2016, London

The focus of the Forum will be to identify the key trends across Europe and, by sharing good practice and examples of effective community responses, provide some of the developing answers to ensure the sexual health and well being of gay men and other men who have sex with men. The Forum will take place over three days, starting with a training day for up to 65 frontline staff from the WHO European region, including Central Asia, and followed by two days of presentations and discussions for up to 200 participants.

Published
19 January 2016
From
European
London clinic hands out syringes to prevent ‘G’ drug overdoses

A sexual health clinic in Southwark is offering free syringes to be used with the illegal drugs GBL and GHB in an effort to prevent life-threatening overdoses.

Published
19 January 2016
From
London SE1
The Forgotten AIDS Crisis in Russia

In Moscow the situation for people living with HIV is bad. In the provinces, it can be desperate.

Published
19 January 2016
From
The Daily Beast
National HIV Prevention: Hurray for the £1.2 million

Just before the Christmas holidays Public Health England (PHE) released their tender documentation for a new national HIV prevention programme, to last for three years from 2016/17, with the possibility of extensions for a maximum of a further two years. This is very welcome news.

Published
18 January 2016
From
National AIDS Trust
Part 2: National HIV Prevention: Where's the £1.2m?

NAT is calling on the Minister for Public Health and PHE to make their intentions clear as soon as possible. We know there are many people out there who will join us in challenging any proposal to reduce from £1.2 million the planned additional expenditure on national HIV prevention in 2016/17.

Published
18 January 2016
From
National AIDS Trust

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