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The length of time Americans with HIV remain infectious is falling, but slowly

In 2016, more than half of people with HIV in the United States took more than three years to be diagnosed, and more than five months after

Published
07 March 2019
By
Roger Pebody
Molecular data helps identify HIV networks

Using molecular data to supplement information gained through public health interviews — chiefly, the names of sexual or needle-sharing partners — can help identify HIV transmission networks and prevent new infections in states with low HIV morbidity, researchers reported in a recent MMWR.

Published
05 March 2019
From
Healio
Ireland: The new HIV crisis needs a better response

HIV is a public heath issue, but a spike in diagnoses in Ireland seems to be going unchecked. New figures published last week show there were 531 new cases of HIV infections diagnosed in 2018, an increase from 492 in 2017. There is now a new diagnosis of HIV in Ireland every 17 hours; Ireland’s rate of new diagnoses stood at 10.2 per 100,000 people in 2017, while the European average is 6.2 per 100,000.

Published
04 March 2019
From
Irish Times
Decline in U.S. HIV Infection Rate Stalled From 2013 to 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new HIV surveillance report, the estimated annual HIV transmission rate in the United States declined modestly between 2010 and 2013 and then stagnated through 2016. The CDC has contradicted its own previous reports by characterizing this recent trend as a plateau that followed a “dramatic decline.” HIV incidence declined during the 2010 to 2016 period among white men who have sex with men (MSM) and among heterosexuals. However, troubling increases in the transmission rate among Latino MSM, and Black MSM between 25 and 34 years old, have offset such promising trends.

Published
28 February 2019
From
POZ
Gay men in New York rate an undetectable viral load as less effective than PrEP

Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in New York City rate daily pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as the most effective HIV prevention strategy when

Published
19 February 2019
By
Roger Pebody
Social and network factors may explain higher HIV infection rates for black men who have sex with men in the US

Young black gay and bisexual men are more likely to be exposed to HIV than their white or Hispanic peers even though they have fewer sex partners

Published
23 January 2019
By
Krishen Samuel
Managing sexual and survival risks: the impact of inequity and stigma on Jamaican MSM and trans women

Two recent qualitative studies highlight Jamaican men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender (trans) women’s heightened vulnerability to HIV. These groups are at higher risk of

Published
14 December 2018
By
Krishen Samuel
Stigma, access and testing: why HIV is still rising in Europe

The latest annual surveillance report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that Europe maintains its distinction as the World Health

Published
11 December 2018
By
Gus Cairns
Young black gay and bisexual men in US 16 times more likely to acquire HIV

This is despite reporting the lowest number of sexual partners, new study says

Published
07 December 2018
From
Gay Star News
The unexpected effects of the HIV prevention pill

PrEP is great at blocking HIV, but as its use grows, so do fears that people will be more sexually reckless and spread other STIs. But researchers are coming to think that the opposite could be true.

Published
29 November 2018
From
Mosaic

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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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