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Uganda: study finds that 35% of university students are HIV-positive

As the government continues to battle the spread of HIV – the virus that causes Aids – in Uganda, a new report indicates that a little over a third of students of Ugandan universities are HIV positive.

Published
04 January 2015
From
New Vision
California porn actor contracts HIV from co-star while filming

A porn actor in California has contracted HIV from a co-star, while shooting an adult film. Health officials issued an alert after the man tested positive for the virus, but is yet to release any further details about the investigation. The Department of Public Health said it has "very strong evidence" that a male porn star contracted HIV after having unprotected sex during an out-of-state film shoot.

Published
04 January 2015
From
International Business Times
AIDS Healthcare Foundation Continues Anti-PrEP Rhetoric With New Ad

Justin considers himself a “reformed bug chaser. I want to take care of myself now. Using PrEP isn’t for me to be a whore. It’s one of the valuable options out there to protect myself from HIV,” he said. But added, “I am still going to bareback.” He’s only been on the once a day blue pill for a couple of months. He admits that the first month he missed four to five of his doses. But said he was going to work on better adherence in the future by using sticky notes and setting alarms on his phone to remind him. South Florida Gay News caught up with him a month later when he said he had only missed one to two doses the second month.

Published
29 December 2014
From
South Florida Gay News
First of its kind HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection guide to help curb increasing prevalence and mortality in the UK launched

The ChemSex and hepatitis C: a discussion guide for HCPs has been developed by 56 Dean Street's David Stuart, who has a wealth of experience in providing drug addiction services to HIV/HCV co-infected MSM. The guide, endorsed by The Hepatitis C Trust, is based on over 500 conversations with MSM, aims to inform healthcare professionals and services providers across the UK around ChemSex (the use of recreational drugs for sex) and HIV/HCV co-infection to empower them to use the terminology that will most resonate with these at-risk groups, and to ensure they are being diagnosed and treated effectively.

Published
29 December 2014
From
56 Dean Street, via Medical News Today
Tenofovir-based HIV PrEP does not harm kidneys

Men and women without HIV infection who use tenofovir-based pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) develop significant but not clinically relevant declines in kidney function, according to the largest study to date to look at the issue.

Published
26 December 2014
From
Medscape (requires free registration)
F.D.A. Easing Ban on Gays, to Let Some Give Blood

The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it would scrap a decades-old lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, a major stride toward ending what many had seen as a national policy of discrimination. However, the agency will continue to ban men who have had sex with a man in the last year, saying the barrier is necessary to keep the blood supply safe, a move that frustrated rights groups that were pushing for the ban to be removed entirely.

Published
24 December 2014
From
New York Times
Heterosexuals at High Risk for HIV Don't Test Enough

Heterosexuals engage in sex that puts them at risk for HIV, but do not get tested at high enough rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its most recent National HIV Behavior Surveillance System (NHBS) report about high-risk heterosexuals, which focuses on data collected from individuals in a series of major metropolitan areas.

Published
23 December 2014
From
Aidsmeds
Cell-associated HIV mucosal transmission: The neglected pathway

Dr. Deborah Anderson from Boston University School of Medicine and her colleagues are challenging dogma about the transmission of HIV. Most research has focused on infection by free viral particles, while this group proposes that HIV is also transmitted by infected cells. While inside cells, HIV is protected from antibodies and other antiviral factors. Anderson chides fellow researchers for not using cell-associated HIV in their transmission models: "The failure of several recent vaccine and microbicide clinical trials to prevent HIV transmission may be due in part to this oversight." . The Journal of Infectious Diseases (JID) has devoted their December supplement to this important and understudied topic.

Published
23 December 2014
From
Medical News Today
South Africa: Silent Suffering - Men and HIV (Video)

Why are South African men reluctant to test for HIV, to start and stay on ART, and to join support groups? Is it that health services are not men-friendly? Is it an idea of masculinity that mandates men to be stoic, to hide pain as a weakness and not to talk about their feelings? What defines the relationship of men to health services and how can it be improved? In this video by Davison Mudzingwa, experts and activists like Thamela, analyze the factors that drive men’s gendered vulnerability to HIV in South Africa and suggest ways to reduce it.

Published
23 December 2014
From
IPS
New open-access journal in the rapidly developing field of virus eradication

The Journal of Virus Eradication is a new open-access online and print journal dedicated to the rapidly developing field of virus eradication. It is particularly interested in publishing original research on HIV, hepatitis viruses, HPV, herpes and flu but work on other viruses is also included. The first issue was successfully launched at the HIV and Hepatitis Five Nations Conference in London on 8 December 2014 and is available now on the Journal website: www.viruseradication.com

Published
23 December 2014
From
Mediscript

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