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  • 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.

    13 October 2017 | 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.

    13 October 2017 | 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.

    11 October 2017 | 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."

    09 October 2017 | 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.

    19 September 2017 | Huffington Post
  • 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.

    10 July 2017 | BETA blog
  • Gay Black Men Confront Crystal Meth

    After experiencing the death of a friend who became addicted to crystal meth, Micheal Rice, a US film maker started asking gay black meth users -- many of whom inject the drug in addition to smoking it from a glass pipe -- whether they'd be willing to talk about their experiences on camera. That led to parTy boi, a raw and heartbreaking documentary Rice has made in which New York City gay black men talk (sometimes incoherently) about both using and dealing meth, sometimes while doing those things.

    06 July 2017 | The Body
  • The Rural Challenge of HIV

    A new study identifies obstacles for UN strategy of treatment as prevention in Lesotho, where people infected with HIV are geographically dispersed throughout the countryside. This dispersion confounds one of the basic precepts of the strategy, which holds that as more people are treated, the treatment will become cheaper. In fact, becomes harder and more expensive to scale up treatment when that community is rural and dispersed.

    04 May 2017 | Inside Science
  • Healing Austin, Indiana: How town raced to stop America's worst rural HIV plague (three-part series)

    Critics say Mike Pence was slow to react as a festering blight, then HIV gripped Austin, Indiana. This tiny city off Interstate 65 is the epicenter of a medical disaster. Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirms Austin contains the largest drug-fueled HIV outbreak to hit rural America in recent history, and "the largest concentrated outbreak ever documented in the United States."

    24 April 2017 | Kentucky Courier-Journal
  • Rape drives HIV and depression

    Sexual violence plays a significant role in HIV infection and depression, according to ground-breaking research with women living in Rustenburg.

    19 February 2017 | Health-e
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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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