From NAM AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on two Toronto studies that shed light on how PrEP stigma is affecting PrEP uptake.
Two new qualitative studies from Toronto shed light on how stigma affects the uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the experience of taking it. In the first, young gay men acknowledged that they did not always use condoms but did not see themselves as the kind of ‘barebacker’ for whom they thought PrEP was intended.
“PrEP embodies the notion of bareback sex, which traditionally has been associated with negative elements, and it is quite clear that the young gay men in this re
From FS Magazine, Matthew Hodson: "It’s taken us years to get this far, let’s not waste any more time."
New data released by Public Health England showed that HIV diagnoses across the country had fallen by 18%. Confined to just gay and bisexual men, the drop was 21%; narrow it even further to just gay and bisexual men in London and it was 29%.
The message is loud and clear: Combination HIV prevention works. Increasing testing and early access to treatment, plus adding PrEP to condom use as a safer sex strategy, gives us the power to send HIV into retreat. Why has it taken us so long to get here
The report, titled The World Drug PERCEPTION Problem was released on Tuesday by the Global Commission on Drug Policy. From The Globe and Mail, Andrea Woo reports.
A naloxone anti-overdose kit is shown in Vancouver on Feb. 10, 2017. JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS
To read the complete article by Andrea Woo, visit The Globe and Mail, here.
Skewed perceptions of drugs and people who use them negatively affect both health and health care by feeding into harmful prohibitionist policies and sometimes directly affecting clinical care, according to a new international report that aims to counter such prejudices.
The report, titled The World Drug PERCEPTI
"I chose to do this to reinforce confidence that PrEP works even in “high risk” events.," says Jason Domino. From OutNews Global, Andy West reports.
To read the complete story by Andy West and look at some video, visit Out News Global, here.
Jason Domino had sex without a condom with a fellow star with HIV to make a point.
He knew the actor wasn’t on any anti-viral medication and had a high viral load. A viral load is a metric for how much HIV is found in someone’s blood. Jason told OutNews Global: “I knew I wouldn’t get HIV. I chose to do this to reinforce confidence that PrEP works even in “high risk” events.
“Is this a signal that they’re moving away from evidence-based policy?" From Healio, this report.
To read the complete story visit Healio, here.
The AIDS czar under former U.S. President Barack Obama worries about the consequences of the Trump administration’s recent termination of the last members of a presidential HIV/AIDS council.
“Is this a signal that they’re moving away from evidence-based policymaking? That’s what’s troubling,” Jeffrey S. Crowley, MPH, program director of infectious disease initiatives at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
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Britain to push to remain under Brussels supervision - after warning that tens of millions will have to be diverted from developing new drugs to cope with Brexit
Drug giants have warned of 'significant disruption to the supply chain for medicines' NHS Photo Library
Looming disruption to the flow of medicines after Brexit means Britain must seek to stay under EU regulation, senior Government figures have conceded. Ministers are already pushing for the chemicals and aviation industries to remain under Brussels supervision – despite it clashing with Theresa May’s pledge to end oversight by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
Now three leading
From the UK, guest author Ant Babajee asks: "What would I tell my newly diagnosed self if I knew on 2 January 2007 what I know now?"
I have been living with HIV for more than 10 years — you might say I am a bit of an HIV old-timer.
As I have just celebrated another year living with HIV, I thought it was a good time to put together some pointers for people who have recently got their news.
What would I tell my newly diagnosed self if I knew on 2 January 2007 what I know now?
The first thing I want to say is:
Since my diagnosis in 2007, so much has changed in terms of our knowledge about how to preve
From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on a French study that associates HIV with an increased prevalence of airway obstruction.
HIV infection is associated with airway obstruction, French investigators report in AIDS. Middle-aged HIV-positive smokers were matched with HIV-negative smokers of the same sex and age. After controlling for potential confounders, the investigators found a significant association between HIV and airway obstruction, an association that persisted after controlling for history of previous serious lung disease. Smoking intensity was also a significant risk factor.
Lung function was measured usi
“Unfortunately, data on sexual abuse and bisexual/same-sex behaviors were not collected, and these may be important factors to examine in future research.” From MDmag, this report by George Citroner.
To read the complete article by George Citroner visit MD, here.
Evidence suggests that exposure to certain types of mental and physical stress in adolescence may make it more likely that as adults they will practice behaviors that increase the risk of HIV infection.
A longitudinal study conducted by the University of Michigan over 18 years, from Sept. 1994–May 2013, studied the effects exposure to illicit drug use, and violence had on adolescents in later adulthood. The findings sugge
It shows gaps and fissures within our heath-care delivery system,' activist says of Truvada coverage. From CBC News, this report by Angela Sterritt.
Two-spirit activist Harlan Pruden says First Nations organizations failed Indigenous people by not disseminating enough information about a groundbreaking HIV/AIDS treatment.
When two-spirit organizer and HIV/AIDS activist Harlan Pruden heard the news that the preventative drug PrEP was now available cost-free in B.C. he was elated. "It's phenomenal news that B.C.'s community now has access to this evidence-based, effective HIV prevention intervention," Pruden said.
But he said v
The onset of diabetes was much less likely in people aged 50 and over who started treatment from 2010 onwards, or who started treatment at a higher CD4 cell count, according to this B.C.study. From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn explains.
People with HIV over the age of 50 are more likely to have developed type 2 diabetes if they started antiretroviral treatment before 1999 or had a longer exposure to older antiretroviral drugs such as stavudine (d4T) or first-generation protease inhibitors such as nelfinavir or indinavir, according to a study of people receiving HIV care in British Columbia, Canada.
The onset of diabetes was much less likely in people aged 50 and over who started treatment from 2010 onwards, or who started tr
Study authors: "We are rigorously evaluating the effect of Jak inhibitors on key events that prevent eradication of HIV in culture, animal models, and humans."
A class of anti-inflammatory drugs already FDA-approved for rheumatoid arthritis could "purge" the reservoir of infected immune cells in people infected by HIV, according to new research.
When culturing cells from HIV-infected individuals, researchers found the medications tofacitinib and ruxolitinib block viral production from infected cells, prevent transmission to bystander cells, and decay the viral reservoir. The results were published in PLOS Pathogens.
"One of the major impediments t
Committee members terminated by form letter, "effective immediately." From the Washington Post, this report.
A red ribbon in recognition of World AIDS Day hangs at White House on Dec. 1. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
To read the complete article by Ben Guarino, visit The Washington Post, here.
The remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS were fired en masse this week. Months after a half-dozen members resigned in protest of the Trump administration's position on health policies, the White House dismissed the rest through a form letter. The notice “thanked me for my p
PrEP will be available through the BC Centre for Excellence’s HIV Drug Treatment program. From B.C. Gov News, this report.
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, British Columbians at high risk of HIV infection will be able to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily oral antiretroviral medication that prevents new HIV infection, at no cost.
“Our government is committed to helping fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and supporting people as they take action to protect themselves from this virus,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Making this medication free for people will prevent new HIV infections, remove barriers