Articles tagged with: gay men

PrEP doesn't lead to increases in risky sex among gay men

published: April, 28, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Aidsmap.com reports taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) does not lead to increased levels of sexual risk behaviour among gay men, investigators from the United States say.

PrEP doesn't lead to increases in risky sex among gay men

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   Aidsmap.com reports taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) does not lead to increased levels of sexual risk behaviour among gay men, investigators from the United States say. Taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) does not lead to increased levels of sexual risk behaviour among gay men, investigators from the United States report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Numbers

Modelling suggests treatment by itself won’t reduce HIV prevalence

published: April, 26, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Aidsmap.com reports increasing testing frequency and changes in sexual risk behaviour after HIV diagnosis may have greater impact on new infections in US gay men.

Modelling suggests treatment by itself won’t reduce HIV prevalence

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  Increasing HIV testing frequency, and giving everyone antiretroviral therapy (ART), would not in themselves reduce HIV prevalence in US gay men, a mathematical model suggests. These measures would produce, in the model’s baseline scenario, a 34% reduction in the cumulative number of new infections and a 19% reduction in cumulative deaths by the year 2023. This would lead to the annual number of new HIV infections in gay men a

Male Call survey pulls no punches

published: April, 23, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on the Canada-wide survey of men who have sex with men that tells us a lot about how both positive and negative guys think and act.

Male Call survey pulls no punches

The Canada-wide survey Male Call interviewed 1,235 men who have sex with other men  (MSM)  - and the results have now been published. It’s been described as “one of the most innovative, ambitious and comprehensive studies ever of this demographic.” It contains quite a few surprises.                       Why the survey? “Men who have sex with men are the most  vulnerable to HIV, and yet – until now – a clear sense of the attitudes, opinions,and behaviours of many

Getting stuck

published: April, 05, 2013 Categories // General Health, Health, Opinion Pieces

David Phillips says of the recent New York City meningitis outbreak and the need for vaccinations, “don’t be a prick, get one.”

Getting stuck

When I was a young child, the greatest thing about my pediatrician’s office was its being in a high-rise building with a High’s dairy store on the ground floor.  After doctor visits when I wasn’t totally crapped out and especially after those that involved shots and needles, that meant a chocolate ice cream cone for the ride home.  As an adult--and particularly as an HIVer, though, I don’t expect anyone to offer a  pick-me-up after potentially uncomfortable health maintenance activ

HIV prevention research: what’s next

published: March, 14, 2013 Categories // Conferences, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Roy Kilpatrick with a conference report that provides a useful guide for action, including scaling up – and mending holes - in treatment as prevention efforts.

Report of the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) of a presentation by Susan Buchbinder .  Reports of the HIV ‘cure’ of a baby in the USA have attracted global attention. My guess is that although this provides further support for the concept of cure, and will add momentum to research, it will make no immediate difference to mothers and their babies. Once more information emerges from the conference, I might return to this topic. Reading other conference

This Oscars, let action=life

published: February, 22, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest writer Sarah Chown says “The Oscars are once again upon us, drawing our eyes to the compelling films that bring our histories, fears and fantasies to the screen”. And none more so than the AIDS documentary How to Survive a Plague.

This Oscars, let action=life

As someone who works with gay men and people living with HIV everyday, I am drawn to this year's Oscar awards for an additional reason. How To Survive a Plague, a documentary film chronicling the successful fight to bring effective, lifesaving HIV treatment to millions, has been nominated for the Best Documentary award.  This must-see story of a feisty group of mostly young, and mostly gay and lesbian people in New York City is not just a fascinating piece of American history that needs reco

HIV increase in gay men caused by fall in condom use

published: February, 21, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

New writer, Scottish HIV expert Roy Kilpatrick says "the increase of HIV in gay men is caused by a fall in condom use. In the words of the Chief Scientist of the Springfield Institute , “DOH!”"

In a study published last week-end, the Health Protection Agency sets out their analysis of a well-documented epidemic.  Read it in full on Plos One or more briefly in the BBC news report. It answers a question many of us have been asking, “Why do HIV infections continue to rise in the face of high coverage of ART treatments and with a tripling of HIV testing?”  The study compares two periods of time, 1990-1997, and 1998-2010.  HIV infections rose by 50%. During the same period, condom

Confessions of a barebacker

published: February, 12, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Guest writer Josh Kruger: "debating on whether or not to wear a condom and candidly admitting that you prefer not to but understand the potential risks involved is an adult, informed decision."

Confessions of a barebacker

As an avid GrindR, BBRT, and Scruff user, I’ve been noticing that traditional, institutional media, including more contemporary outlets like the Huffington Post, have been expressing dismay at the “growing specter” of barebacking in the gay male community. This morning, a friend of mine posted the, statistically dubious, GrindR poll story along with his comment, “There is very little benefit from using such scare tactics if you want to dialogue about the negative potential of certain

Roses are red…

published: February, 12, 2013 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Michael Yoder

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, Michael Yoder ponders what gay men look for in love sex and relationships and if intimacy is really the goal.

Roses are red…

“What’s love got to do with it?”  Tina Turner Last year I attended the Positive Gathering here in BC and I went to a workshop for gay men about gay sex. Or that’s what it was supposed to be about. Very quickly the discussion turned to intimacy. The men in the room were more interested in developing emotional relationships than just talking about “hot sex”.  While I’m one of those men more interested in sharing ALL of me (with deference to Billy Holiday here), I think there

Scotland’s HIV Epidemic, Part Three

published: January, 17, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, International , Population Specific

Guest Roy Kilpatrick continues his account of the response to HIV, initially an epidemic fuelled by injection drug use, later appearing predominantly in gay men, in his home country of Scotland

Scotland’s HIV Epidemic, Part Three

Whilst drug-related HIV diagnoses peaked in the 1980s, HIV among gay men formed a plateau. In recent years, HIV in gay men is rising, a global trend.  There were significant differences in the spread, and in Scotland’s response to HIV in these two populations.  Foresight  The rapidity and geographically limited spread of HIV through needle-sharing  came as a shock.  Its impact on gay men in the USA, however, served as an early warning on the other side of the Atlantic. In 1982, a gro

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