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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
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
Australia On The 'Cusp' Of Realising Ambitious HIV Goals

Australia's current National HIV Strategy is to virtually end HIV transmissions by 2020 and to achieve a '90:90:90' goal to contain the epidemic. But people living with HIV continue to deal with stigma and discrimination.

Published
06 September 2017
From
Huffington Post
Record low number of new HIV cases in New South Wales

HIV is one step closer to being eliminated in NSW with a rapid fall in diagnoses to record low levels, according to the latest quarterly NSW HIV Data Report. There were 101 new HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men in NSW in the first six months of this year – that number is the lowest recorded in NSW since HIV emerged in the 1980s.

Published
23 August 2017
From
NSW Government
Malawian gay men living with HIV more likely to live in rural settings

A study of gay men in Malawi reveals very low levels of HIV testing and treatment access nationwide – with distinct geographic disparities in HIV prevalence that need to be taken into consideration and addressed.

Published
14 July 2017
From
Avert
New HIV Infections Climb Among Young Women in South Africa

South Africa has almost 7 million people living with HIV and manages the globe's largest antiretroviral program, keeping about 4 million people alive with the drugs. At the South African National AIDS Conference in Johannesburg this week, specialists voiced their concern about the spiking rates of infections among young women, a trend reflected throughout the continent.

Published
16 June 2017
From
Voice of America
On the front lines of Russia's 'staggering' HIV epidemic

According to the United Nations' UNAIDS program, Russia had the third-highest number of new HIV infections globally in 2015, behind South Africa and Nigeria.

Published
07 June 2017
From
CNN
America's Hidden HIV Epidemic

Why do America’s black gay and bisexual men have a higher H.I.V. rate than any country in the world?

Published
06 June 2017
From
New York Times
Hong Kong could see 35 per cent surge in HIV cases by 2021, report says

The number of Hongkongers living with HIV is expected to surge by 35 per cent in the coming four years, with 74 per cent of infections taking place among men who have sex with men, according to the latest report by the government’s Advisory Council on AIDS.

Published
22 May 2017
From
South China Morning Post
HIV and Aids Prevalence On the Decrease in Malawi

Malawi's National Aids Commission (NAC) has said HIV and Aids prevalence rate is decreasing in the country. statistics for 2010 indicate that 10 percent of people in Malawi were living with HIV and Aids while the 2016/17 statistics show that eight percent of people in Malawi are living with the virus that causes Aids.

Published
18 May 2017
From
Nyasa Times
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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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