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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
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Huffington Post
San Francisco annual report shows continued drop in new HIV infections

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) has released its HIV Epidemiology Annual Report for 2016, showing that the number of new infections continues to decline, with

Published
18 September 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
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
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
Who are trans women acquiring HIV from?

There is a lot we don’t know about trans women’s HIV risk, why they are so vulnerable to HIV and who trans women are acquiring HIV

Published
29 August 2017
By
Gus Cairns
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
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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
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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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