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Does drug injection equipment other than syringes transmit hepatitis C?

Sharing drug preparation paraphernalia may not significantly contribute to hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission among people who inject drugs, according to a study recently published in the Journal

Published
3 hours ago
By
Liz Highleyman
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
16 hours ago
From
Huffington Post
When Is There Zero Risk of Transmitting HIV?

Over the past year, hundreds have joined the growing list of health experts and organizations around the world to endorse the Undetectable Equals Untransmittable Consensus Statement. The U=U Consensus states that a person living with HIV who has an undetectable viral load through treatment cannot transmit the virus to a sexual partner

Published
21 hours ago
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Advocate.com
Your secret guide to the business of sex

Clients and sex workers can team up to make sex work safer – and it starts with learning the business of sex. The social justice organisation, Sonke Gender Justice, has published a guide with what you need to know. Here is an edited extract.

Published
23 hours ago
From
Bhekisisa
In Africa, a Glimpse of Hope for Beating HIV

Until recently, funding H.I.V. medicines worldwide looked like a noble, necessary — and never-ending — project. Now we know that treatment is prevention. Do it wide and well enough, and AIDS could be defeated. “This program started as a humanitarian outreach effort to demonstrate the compassion of the American people,” Birx said of Pepfar. “Now it’s translated into a program controlling the epidemic.”

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23 hours ago
From
New York Times
5 African countries approach control of their HIV epidemics

Data released today from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) show that the HIV epidemic is coming under control in Lesotho. These results add to prior PEPFAR-supported Population-based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIAs) announced in the last nine months for Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Together, these data demonstrate impressive progress toward controlling the HIV epidemics in the five countries.

Published
23 hours ago
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
The Social Life of Opioids

In essence, if we want to have less opioid use, we may have to figure out how to have more love.

Published
23 hours ago
From
Scientific American
Daryll Rowe: 10 men now accusing hairdresser of deliberately infecting them with HIV

More men have come forward to claim they were deliberately infected with HIV by a man who has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm. Daryll Rowe, who is currently in custody in Scotland, is now facing 10 complainants who say he tampered with contraception whilst having sex with them in Brighton between October 2015 and January 2016.

Published
23 hours ago
From
The Independent
British Columbia government drags feet on HIV-prevention drug coverage

In a statement to Xtra, the BC Ministry of Health says it will not be rolling out coverage of the HIV-prevention drugs anytime soon, despite a May 2017 interview in which now-premier John Horgan said it was a “mystery” why PrEP wasn’t already covered.

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23 hours ago
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Xtra
Aging is not a disease. It’s time we stop treating it that way

In honor of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, held this year on September 18, BETA invited HIV clinician and geriatrician Meredith Greene, MD, to share her perspective on HIV, health and ageism—and what we all can do to overcome the negative effects of age discrimination in our own lives.

Published
23 hours ago
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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