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A reduction in new HIV diagnoses is no reason to reduce effort

The drop in new diagnoses among gay and bisexual men must be seen as an indicator of the reductions that are possible, rather than meaning that the job is done or that a downwards trajectory in new diagnoses will continue in the future. Importantly, so far these reductions have only been seen in one population group.

Published
15 November 2017
From
The King's Fund
San Francisco reports record low number of new HIV diagnoses

Researchers in San Francisco identified 223 new HIV diagnoses in 2016 — the lowest ever recorded in the city. Meanwhile, treatment coverage and viral suppression rates were at an all-time high.

Published
13 November 2017
From
Healio
Uptake of medications for HIV treatment and prevention changes sexual practices

The Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour 2017 released today by the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) at UNSW Sydney finds the proportion of non-HIV-positive gay men who reported pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use in the six months prior to the annual Gay Community Periodic Surveys increased from 2% in 2013 to 5% in 2016.

Published
06 November 2017
From
University of New South Wales
Top gay sexual health clinic forced to turn away four out of five people a day

Around 1,500 people are trying to get just 300 appointments at the most popular sexual health clinic for gay and bi men in the UK, after other clinics closed. Now experts are warning the cuts could lead to sexual infections rising in the UK capital.

Published
30 October 2017
From
Gay Star News
From opioids to HIV — a public health threat in Trump country

The prospect that HIV is transforming itself from a disease that primarily affected gay men and minorities in urban centers to one that targets rural, red-state America could have huge political, as well as public health implications.

Published
23 October 2017
From
Politico
Patients suffering injuries in low & middle-income countries have higher prevalence of HIV

Patients suffering injuries in low and middle-income countries have a higher prevalence of HIV than baseline populations. Given the fact that injuries most commonly occur in young adults, a population that is difficult to access for HIV services, opportunities to develop integrated HIV engagement strategies in injury care settings may exist.

Published
20 October 2017
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects Latinos, Hispanics, CDC says

Hispanics or Latinos living in the United States are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, accounting for 18% of the overall population and 24% of all new HIV diagnoses, according to the CDC.

Published
16 October 2017
From
Healio
Why are straight black women in Philly at high risk of HIV? Map offers clues

It’s probably not behavior: Studies indicate that African American women have fewer sexual partners and are more likely to use condoms than white women from similar economic backgrounds. And they are not members of the highest-risk demographic: gay and bisexual men.

Published
04 October 2017
From
Philly.com
HIV rates plummet in new data but not good news for everyone says NAT

We are seriously concerned that progress for gay men is much slower outside of London, these reductions in diagnoses are not mirrored among heterosexual people, and black and minority ethnic people are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV late, with consequent poorer health outcomes. This is an unacceptable inequality which needs urgent attention.

Published
04 October 2017
From
National AIDS Trust
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
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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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