Articles tagged with: Roger Pebody

What is going on in gay men’s lives when they acquire HIV?

published: September, 12, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Health, International , Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Combinations of factors at individual, community and structural levels contribute to risk behaviour and HIV infection. From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports.

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 study recently published in BMJ Open.“Individuals who experienced multiple stressors, gradually over the life course or more suddenly, were especially vulnerable to HIV and being drawn into sexual risk situations, while the social environment created a context that enabled risk of HIV infection,” the researchers write. Indiv

What is “successful aging” for people living with HIV?

published: August, 30, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a qualitative study by Ontario researchers on HIV, aging and disability.

What is “successful aging” for people living with HIV?

When Canadian researchers asked HIV-positive people over the age of 50 how they would define “successful ageing”, six key themes emerged – accepting limitations, staying positive, maintaining social support, taking responsibility, living a healthy lifestyle, and engaging in meaningful activities. Writing in the International Journal of STD & AIDS, Patricia Solomon and colleagues note the emphasis on individual control. Clinicians and service providers should work with people livin

Gay men using HIV self-tests promptly seek confirmatory testing and linkage to care, New York data suggests

published: July, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Sexual Health, Health, International , Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Are people who self-test for HIV less likely to engage with the support and treatment services they need? From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a US study that suggests not.

Gay men using HIV self-tests promptly seek confirmatory testing and linkage to care, New York data suggests

Data from the partner services programme in New York City suggests that gay men who have previously used an HIV self-test tend to seek confirmatory testing without delay, according to an article published online ahead of print in Sexually Transmitted Diseases. The study also highlights socio-demographic differences between those using self-tests and other people with new HIV diagnoses, suggesting that the price of the kit discourages its use by those with lower incomes. One of the mai

Black gay men still at higher risk of HIV in the UK

published: April, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Mental Health, Research, Health, International , Media, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a survey showing gay black men in the UK to also be at elevated risk of depression and suicidal thoughts.

Black gay men still at higher risk of HIV in the UK

Gay and bisexual men of black ethnicity are disproportionately likely to be living with diagnosed HIV than white British men, with no evidence that this health inequality has narrowed since 2001, according to a report published online ahead of print in Sexually Transmitted Infections. The data comes from the 2014 Gay Men’s Sex Survey, a convenience sample of 15,388 men recruited online. While 11.3% of white British men who had ever taken a test were diagnosed with HIV, this was the case

Legalisation of sex work associated with lower prevalence of HIV in sex workers

published: April, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Women, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Legal, Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a study suggesting that legalization of some aspects of sex work might help reduce HIV prevalence in this high-risk group.

Legalisation of sex work associated with lower prevalence of HIV in sex workers

Countries that have legalized some aspects of sex work have fewer sex workers living with HIV than countries that criminalize all aspects of sex work, according to an ecological analysis of 27 European countries published online ahead of print in The Lancet HIV. The association remained statistically significant after adjustment for countries’ economic development, HIV prevalence, antiretroviral therapy coverage and proportion of sex workers who inject drugs. “Our findings suggest th

What are the key steps to effective delivery of PrEP care?

published: February, 10, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap.com, Roger Pebody on one of several recent articles attempting to define a continuum of care for PrEP or other HIV prevention interventions.

What are the key steps to effective delivery of PrEP care?

Providing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to people who need it entails at least nine key steps, which can be conceived of as a PrEP continuum of care, according to an article published online ahead of print by Amy Nunn and colleagues in AIDS. This continuum can help define benchmarks by which progress in implementing PrEP in different programmes can be compared. This is one of several recent articles which have attempted to define a continuum of care for PrEP or other HIV prevention interv

Many older people living with HIV in the UK worried about poverty, loneliness and social care

published: February, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody examines what Terrence Higgins Trust is calling a "social care time bomb."

Many older people living with HIV in the UK worried about poverty, loneliness and social care

People over the age of 50 now represent one third of all people living with HIV, but the social care, healthcare and welfare systems aren’t ready for this growing cohort, according to research published by the Terrence Higgins Trust today. They describe the situation as a ‘social care timebomb’. A significant proportion of the older people living with HIV who took part in Terrence Higgins Trust’s research project were living below the poverty line and were socially isolated. Anxieti

NHS England announces major new PrEP trial for 2017

published: December, 16, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

For AIDSmap.com, Gus Cairns and Roger Pebody report: previous funding increased fivefold, but trial still depends on drug price deal

NHS England announces major new PrEP trial for 2017

NHS England, in collaboration with Public Health England, has announced in a press release today that a major new implementation trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will start next year. It is planned to enrol at least twice as many as previously anticipated and the funding announced is five times higher than the money for a trial originally announced in March this year. NHS England says that the three-year trial will start in “early financial year 2017/18”, which implies next A

Chemsex and slamming “suffused with romantic, emotional and communal attachments”

published: December, 15, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, International , Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap.com, Roger Pebody reports on French research suggesting that many young gay men’s practices of drug use are entangled with the search for love.

Chemsex and slamming “suffused with romantic, emotional and communal attachments”

While gay men’s use of drugs in sexual contexts is often portrayed as deviant, extreme and unconnected with the sentimental norms of stable relationships, ethnographic research in France suggests that many young gay men’s practices of drug use are entangled with the search for love and a willingness to build emotional bonds with other men. “The suffering and loneliness that follow romantic breakups can trigger uncontrolled drug use while feelings of ‘love fusion’ between ‘slam

Health agencies should challenge the idea that most gay men use drugs

published: December, 07, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door

From AIDSmap.com, Roger Pebody reports: "Survey data show that only a minority of gay men use drugs in a sexual context..."

Health agencies should challenge the idea that most gay men use drugs

Drug use generally and chemsex more specifically are perceived to be common and normalised behaviours among gay men involved in those scenes in London, but this perception is contradicted by survey data. As social norms influence health-related behaviour, health promotion interventions should challenge the idea that drug use and chemsex are widespread, argue authors from Sigma Research in the International Journal of Drug Policy. Survey data show that only a minority of gay men use drugs

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