Articles tagged with: United Kingdom (UK)

Run out of rhino

published: May, 19, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

UK guy Alex Sparrowhawk tries the Tinder app and gets very mixed results.

Run out of rhino

I’m not the most patient of people and I’m also competitive – I’ve mastered being able to ‘win’ at anything, especially when I’m the only person involved. So when it comes to dating despite knowing something will happen unexpectedly and when the time is right I’m easily frustrated.  So whilst hungover over the bank holiday weekend I decided to download Tinder. Having been in a relationship until last August I’m late to the party with this one so I doubt much of what I have

Five tips for living with your boyfriend

published: May, 18, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine, Scott Roberts suggests five ways to make the most of sharing your living space.

Five tips for living with your boyfriend

Photo: © Dan Hall Moving in together is one of the milestone steps any couple takes. It’s in everyone’s ‘plan’ as being somewhere between saying “I love you” and getting hitched. It seems a very grown up thing to do. Having recently taken the step myself I thought I would share with you the five fears I think are common for everyone about to take the shared property plunge. 1. What will happen to my personal space? It’s a legitimate fear. Up until the point of moving in we

‘A near normal lifespan for people with HIV?’ For whom is this true - and who misses out?

published: May, 15, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Megan DePutter

Megan DePutter: "We can’t ignore these vulnerabilities that can put individuals more at risk both for acquiring HIV, getting diagnosed late, or struggling to adhere to the medication."

‘A near normal lifespan for people with HIV?’ For whom is this true - and who misses out?

Yesterday, the Lancet published a study titled ‘Survival of HIV-positive patients starting antiretroviral therapy between 1996 and 2013: a collaborative analysis of cohort studies’. This study found that ‘even in the late ART era, survival during the first three years of ART continues to improve.’ In fact, the authors found that ‘between 1996 and 2010, life expectancy in 20-year-old patients starting ART increased by about nine years in women and ten years in men.’ The authors con

How HIV made me look at dating differently

published: May, 04, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine, Ruaidhri O’Baoill on dealing with dating and stigma in the wake of his diagnosis.

How HIV made me look at dating differently

I recently met up with a friend of mine who laughed when I mentioned that I was writing my next article on relationships. I can’t blame him. I’m single. I’ve been consistently single for the past nine years. My relationship with relationships isn’t great. When I was younger I couldn’t wait until I was older so I could find ‘the one’. I was such a romantic. I would obsess over how we would meet. How he would propose. Where we would live and what our lives would be like. Even thou

Scotland says ‘yes’ to PrEP

published: April, 20, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Media, Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk: "The news today exacerbates a postcode lottery that already exists in the UK when it comes to sexual health and the impact that has on the communities living with and affected by HIV."

Scotland says ‘yes’ to PrEP

In just a couple of weeks we will also have an announcement in Wales – let’s hope it is as positive. I’m annoyed at my ignorance but I don’t even know what’s happening in Northern Ireland and a quick ‘Google’ isn’t answering the question. Meanwhile in England we’re still awaiting the start date of another trial – although in reaction to the news today a statement was released:  "Considerable progress has been made in preparing for the HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

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

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

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

NAM's director talks about PrEP and the decline in HIV diagnoses on BBC2's Newsnight

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

From AIDSmap, NAM executive director Matthew Hodson: "If you roll it out to everyone who will benefit most, then we have the power to end the epidemic."

NAM's director talks about PrEP and the decline in HIV diagnoses on BBC2's Newsnight

NAM’s Executive Director, Matthew Hodson, appeared on BBC2’s Newsnight on Tuesday 21 February to talk about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and the dramatic decline in new HIV diagnoses in London in the past year. In the film sequence accompanying the interview, HIV consultant Dr Nneka Nwokolo of London’s 56 Dean St clinic explained that the reduction in new HIV diagnoses is real, substantial and is being seen in clinics across London. “The most significant thing that’s happene

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, Health, International , Sexual Health, Legal, Treatment, Revolving Door, Media, 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

STI rates in PrEP users very high, but evidence that PrEP increases them is inconclusive

published: March, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences

AIDSmap.com's Gus Cairns: Modelling study predicts STI rates will fall with regular testing

STI rates in PrEP users very high, but evidence that PrEP increases them is inconclusive

A study of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) users presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) last week in Seattle, showed that PrEP users had very high rates of sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnosis – in the order of 20 times higher than among HIV-negative gay men in the general population. There was also an increase in STI diagnoses from a time point a year before they sought PrEP to the date they started it. And the percentage of men r

HIV and dating: toe in the water

published: March, 13, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

Newly single after a long time in a relationship, the UK's Alex Sparrowhawk braves the currents of modern dating.

HIV and dating: toe in the water

Following my diagnosis it was a mere three months before I met my ex-partner. He was someone I spent another six and a half years with until we broke up at the end of last summer. I think I am in a little bit of an unusual situation; living with HIV for 87 months but during that period only being single for nine of them. I’ve been avoiding dating since the split, enjoying time by myself and busying myself with work, family and friends. Over the past few weeks I’ve been toying with the

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