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Fall in HIV among gay men could spell end for Britain's epidemic, say experts

New data from Public Health England talks about the potential elimination of HIV, revealing the first downturn in the epidemic among gay and bisexual men since it began, thanks to a combination of frequent testing of people at high risk of infection and rapid treatment.

Published
22 June 2017
From
The Guardian
In East Africa, Universal HIV Testing and Treatment Surpasses UNAIDS Goals

Community-based interventions for HIV testing and treatment in rural East Africa nearly doubled rates of HIV viral suppression over two years, according to a study by UC San Francisco researchers.

Published
22 June 2017
From
UCSF News Services
Sex without fear – ​my experiment with ​the HIV-prevention drug PrEP

When I first heard about the HIV-prevention drug PrEP – pre-exposure prophylaxis – I had mixed feelings. But I was worried that my reaction was the result of anti-gay conditioning, being brought up to think that I didn’t deserve the same rights as the rest of society, and I wanted to challenge this by taking the drug for three months to find out more.

Published
22 June 2017
From
The Guardian
HIV has a similar impact to diabetes on heart disease risk

Living with HIV carries the same lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease as having diabetes, even after taking into account smoking, a US study has estimated.

Published
21 June 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Last Gift Study: Community Perspective on End-of-Life HIV Research

In the second of this 3-part series, Sara Gianella Weibel, MD, on behalf of Infectious Disease Advisor, talks with Jeff Taylor, community activist and long-term HIV survivor, about ethical concerns and practical barriers in end-of-life research and how the HIV community will embrace this type of research.

Published
21 June 2017
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Infectious Disease Advisor
Last Gift Study: End-of-Life HIV Research

Few opportunities currently exist for terminally ill people to participate in HIV research as a result of various cultural taboos and ethical concerns, such as exploitation, vulnerability, and coercion. However, when faced with their approaching death, some individuals may be willing to participate in research that offers no hope for their condition to leave a final gift to their community.

Published
21 June 2017
From
Infectious Disease Advisor
How doctors in Texas are trying to protect transgender patients from a persistent threat: HIV

By offering hormone therapy, the clinic aims to earn the trust of a population that often feels alienated by mainstream medicine and persuade those at high risk of exposure to the virus to start on a drug regimen that can prevent infection.

Published
21 June 2017
From
Los Angeles Times
‘Fathers’ Explores a World Where AIDS Never Killed Our Queer Forbearers (Video)

Gay Mexican director Leo Herrera is directing Fathers (aka. The Fathers Project), a sci-fi documentary that explores how society might be different if the AIDS epidemic had never happened. The film mixes real life and fantasy with a cast and crew including historians, artists and performers who imagine the cultural and political influence that we could have had had our “fathers” (the queer men who proceeded us) had not become part of a lost generation.

Published
21 June 2017
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How Six NYC Activists Changed History With “Silence = Death”

The collective that created the Silence = Death poster is back after thirty years to recall its origins and launch new art.

Published
21 June 2017
From
Village Voice
Health warning for gay men over Hepatitis A outbreak at World Pride in Madrid

Public Health England has issued a warning to gay men after an outbreak of hepatitis A. The health body issued an urgent warning to those planning on attending World Pride in Madrid later this month, encouraging them to visit their genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic to request the vaccine. Those not travelling to World Pride are advised to ask about vaccination at their next sexual health check-up.

Published
21 June 2017
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PinkNews
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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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