Articles tagged with: United Kingdom (UK)

Are we 'Generation Bareback'?

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

Bareback sex is on the rise in the UK and elsewhere. From FS Magazine, Stuart Haggas reports on the possible reasons and on what it all might mean for HIV prevention.

Are we 'Generation Bareback'?

This article by Stuart Haggas previously appeared at FS Magazine, here. It’s been 35 years since the New York Times reported on a ‘rare cancer seen in 41 homosexuals’ – an article from the summer of 1981 that’s considered the first major news story about HIV/AIDS. A generation of gay men have since grown up with condoms and safer sex campaigns a familiar part of everyday life. Recent studies show an increase in unprotected sex among HIV-negative gay men. Why are some of us ditch

Why we need to rethink HIV prevention

published: November, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

The game has changed and we need to change tactics. From FS Magazine, Ian Howley asks, "If you don’t care about yourself, why would you care about remaining HIV-negative?"

Why we need to rethink HIV prevention

This article previously appeared at FS Magazine, here. I was born in 1984. I know, I know, if you’re older than me you’ve already rolled your eyes so far back in your head you’ve just won gold at the ‘Eye Rolling Olympics’, hear me out. I was born in 1984. I obviously don’t remember much of that whole decade. It wasn’t until the mid 1990s that I learned about AIDS and HIV. I had no idea what it was, how you ‘got it’ or just how serious it was around the time I was born. So i

HIV drug costs: potential for 90% reduction in costs coming soon?

published: November, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Conferences, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Insurers in the United States are liable to pay up to four times the price paid by the UK’s NHS for branded antiretrovirals. From AIDSmap.com, Keith Alcorn of thebody.com on the need for more pricing transparency.

HIV drug costs: potential for 90% reduction in costs coming soon?

This article by Keith Alcorn previously appeared at AIDSmap.com, here. The costs of making drugs to treat viral hepatitis, HIV and tuberculosis (TB) are now so low that each disease could be treated for less than $90, Dr Andrew Hill of St Stephen’s AIDS Trust told the opening plenary of the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow) on Sunday in Glasgow. The cost of generic drugs to cure TB is already below $90 for a six-month treatment course, and some anti

Two-drug HIV therapy just as effective as three-drug therapy

published: November, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

For AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports from the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow).

Two-drug HIV therapy just as effective as three-drug therapy

This article by Keith Alcorn previously appeared at AIDSmap.com, here. Simplification of an antiretroviral treatment to a boosted protease inhibitor and the nucleoside analogue lamivudine (a dual regimen) is highly effective in people switching from a stable three-drug regimen, researchers reported on Monday at the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow). Boosted protease inhibitors combined with lamivudine have the potential to really reduce the cost of long-t

Eight changes in HIV prevention

published: November, 03, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

As he leaves his role as CEO of GMFA, Matthew Hodson takes stock of how HIV prevention work has changed during his tenure there.

Eight changes in HIV prevention

Matthew when he first started at GMFA. This article by Matthew Hodson previously appeared at FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here. A child who was born on the day I started at GMFA would now be old enough to join the army or get married – two rights that British gay men didn’t have back then. I’ve been with GMFA about half of my adult life. After 17 years with GMFA it’s time for me to move on. It’s been at various times wonderful and gruelling and frustrating and inspiring

Educational attainment associated with health outcomes after starting HIV therapy

published: October, 21, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap.com, Michael Carter reports on a study which "observed such health differentials for an eighteen-year period in eight European countries where access to health care and cART is universal.”

Educational attainment associated with health outcomes after starting HIV therapy

People with HIV who have lower educational attainment have poorer outcomes after starting combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), according to data from a large European cohort collaboration published in the online edition of AIDS. Rates of mortality and AIDS decreased with increasing education level, and education was also associated with virological suppression and CD4 count at the time of cART initiation. “The striking differences in mortality and clinical responses to cART could n

The positive side of being HIV positive

published: October, 17, 2016 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Christian Dolan

In a bad situation, it's important to recognize and embrace the good, as Christian Dolan explains.

The positive side of being HIV positive

Having completed my CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing earlier this year, it was time for me to find a role which is more marketing focused and kick start my new career path. Six months in and I am still looking. Despite interview after interview I am still on the hunt. To give some perspective, there has been an increase in the frequency of interviews as well as the stages I am getting down to – on two occasions I got down to the final two but lost out due to either lack of marketing experie

Gay men with overlapping partnerships are more likely to be recently and locally infected

published: October, 14, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Study provides evidence that concurrent relationships sustain HIV transmission. From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports.

Gay men with overlapping partnerships are more likely to be recently and locally infected

A study analysing transmission patterns between gay men in a cohort of patients on San Diego, California has found the strongest scientific evidence so far that concurrency – having ongoing sexual relationships with more than one partner at the same time – is an independent predictor of HIV transmission. It found that men who said they had had condomless sex in the last three months with concurrent partners, rather than just serial partners, were 69% more likely to be in a local transmi

Media reports of a British HIV cure 'breakthrough' are premature

published: October, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap.com, Keith Alcorn reports on the RIVER study and yesterday's clarification.

Media reports of a British HIV cure 'breakthrough' are premature

The Sunday Times yesterday reported that HIV had become undetectable in the blood of one man taking part in the RIVER study, a trial of an intensive treatment regimen designed to test whether it is possible to reduce levels of HIV-infected cells in the bodies of people recently infected with HIV. The researchers hope that the treatment may eradicate HIV infection altogether. The Sunday Times reported that British scientists are on the “brink of an HIV cure”. In fact, the study is

Dutch model finds PrEP for high-risk gay men is cost-effective at current prices and cost-saving at generic prices

published: October, 10, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns: "Applying generic rather than on-patent prices turned PrEP in most scenarios from cost-effective to cost-saving."

Dutch model finds PrEP for high-risk gay men is cost-effective at current prices and cost-saving at generic prices

A mathematical modelling study based on the HIV epidemic in the Netherlands has found that daily pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would be cost-effective even at current drug prices if it was targeted at gay men at high risk of HIV infection. In a base case where PrEP was 80% effective, 10% of higher-risk gay men took it, current drug prices were used, and PrEP was taken every day, then PrEP’s cost per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) gained would be €11,000. This would fall to only €20

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