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HIV/AIDS in the US: the importance of local perspectives

Some recent studies have sought to demonstrate the importance of spatial location as a determinant of STI prevalence in its own right. However, the most striking outcome reported in a Philadelphia study are findings concerning the relationship of race and sex to the mode of HIV transmission.

Published
14 November 2017
From
BMJ Group blogs
New York City finds gaps in the HIV cascade of care linked to reduced survival

60% of HIV-positive people in New York City who died had not been virally suppressed through treatment. Rates of viral suppression lowest among women, young people, black and Hispanic people, as well as people in low-income neighbourhoods.

Published
25 October 2017
From
CATIE
PrEP activists warn new NHS trial will fail if black gay men don't take part

Sexual health campaigners are warning a newly launched trial in the UK will fail if not enough people of color take part, Gay Star News can reveal. The experts are estimating the overwhelming majority of the patients in the NHS trial will be white gay men. This could provide an unbalanced study with most of the evidence from just one group who could benefit from access to PrEP.

Published
13 October 2017
From
Gay Star News
US: Report highlights challenges of HIV care in rural deep South

In rural areas, fewer HIV/AIDS services and a compromised continuum of care mean patients are less likely to achieve viral suppression than those living in New Orleans or Baton Rouge, explained Monica Johnson, director and founder of the nonprofit group HEROES.

Published
13 October 2017
From
Healio
How to Reverse Implicit Bias in HIV Care: 6 Steps to Take Today

Health care providers need to be rigorously trained and their progress monitored in order to remove the effects of implicit racial biases on their medical practice. The health system is just one area of society where implicit bias is made manifest, but it is the area in which health care and service providers have power to make change, one individual -- and care team, and clinic and organization -- at a time.

Published
11 October 2017
From
The Body Pro
Reconsidering Primary Prevention: a Call To Action For The Global HIV Response

"The [HIV] prevention toolbox is getting bigger, but the application of the tools is getting smaller. For...prevention to stand a chance, the silence, denial, negativity, and moralism surrounding sex and drug use must end. Policy makers and donors, including governments, must shed their reluctance to openly and positively address sex and drug use in their public health discourse and responses to HIV."

Published
09 October 2017
From
MSMGF
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
What is going on in gay men’s lives when they acquire HIV?

Gay men in England who have recently become HIV positive describe a complex web of factors which may have contributed to their infection, according to a qualitative

Published
08 September 2017
By
Roger Pebody
The availability of direct-acting antivirals is reducing disparities in the uptake of hepatitis C treatment

An analysis from British Columbia, Canada shows that older people, individuals with HIV co-infection, people with cirrhosis and – to some extent – people who

Published
30 August 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Gay black men with housing, social support less like to be part of HIV transmission “clusters”

With the lifetime risk of HIV for black gay men nearing 50% in the U.S., public health experts are keen to identify what’s putting young gay black men at higher risk—and figure out what can be done to protect young gay black men from HIV.

Published
10 July 2017
From
BETA blog
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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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