Articles tagged with: Australia

New South Wales puts 9000 people on PrEP, achieves a one-third decline in new HIV infections

published: March, 20, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Media, Guest Authors

Successful appeal to state government got ‘cap’ lifted on PrEP demo trial. From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports.

New South Wales puts 9000 people on PrEP, achieves a one-third decline in new HIV infections

The state of New South Wales in Australia has seen a fall of one-third in diagnoses of recent HIV infection since it started its pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) implementation project, EPIC-NSW (Expanded PrEP Implementation in the Community), the 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2018) heard last week. Andrew Grulich of the Kirby Institute of the University of New South Wales told the conference that only two people who entered EPIC-NSW had been diagnosed wi

An epidemic of bullshit

published: February, 01, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Media, Guest Authors

From Overland, guest author Daniel Reeders: "... messages on sexual health almost invariably focus on sex rather than health."

An epidemic of bullshit

Image credit: Reginald Mount, ‘The easy girlfriend’ (poster), Norwich: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1943-44. This file comes from Wellcome Images, a website operated by Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation based in the United Kingdom. Refer to Wellcome blog post (archive). This article by Daniel Reeders previously appeared at Overland, here. Two or three times a year, there’ll be a major conference on sexual health, or a report released on how many new sexually tr

The term ‘LGBTI’ confuses desire, behaviour and identity – it’s time for a rethink

published: January, 25, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From The Conversation, Dennis Altman: "Desire, behaviour and identity are distinct, and do not always overlap."

The term ‘LGBTI’ confuses desire, behaviour and identity – it’s time for a rethink

This article by Dennis Altman prevously appeared at The Conversation, here. The rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise among “gay men” and “heterosexual people”. This illustrates the increasingly common confusion between behaviour and identity. What is involved is sexual contact, or to use the expression common in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, “the exchange of bodily fluids”. Whether people involve

Gay men’s stories of monogamy and non-monogamy: change, flexibility and tensions

published: November, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Research, International , Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on an Australian qualitative study exploring relationship dynamics among gay men.

Gay men’s stories of monogamy and non-monogamy: change, flexibility and tensions

Although some gay men idealise monogamy, particularly in the early stages of a relationship, couples often become non-monogamous over time, Australian researchers report in an article published online ahead of print in Culture, Health and Sexuality. Men often saw non-monogamy as realistic in gay relationships, due to social and cultural norms in gay communities. But shifting the ground rules of relationships could be challenging for some couples, especially when the partners had different

Laurie Edmiston: Now is time for leadership in fight against HIV in Canada

published: November, 25, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

The Executive Director of CATIE says “With new targets at the global level, and new federal leadership in Canada, now is the time to renew our own HIV response and catch up with the rest of the world.”

Laurie Edmiston: Now is time for leadership in fight against HIV in Canada

“HIV in Canada?”  It’s a question I often hear on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, when much of our attention turns to the global HIV epidemic. Many of us think of HIV/AIDS as an issue affecting other countries. But an HIV epidemic in Canada? More than 70,000 Canadians are living with HIV and, on average, seven to eight new infections happen every day. While these numbers are concerning, Canada’s overall rate of new infections is still lower than the global average. What these numbers don’

Are antimicrobial condoms the new frontier against STIs? Not quite…

published: October, 18, 2014 Categories // Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

An Australian company Starpharma is to launch a condom coated with an antimicrobial chemical known as VivaGel. While it might be marketed as a great leap forward for preventing STIs, it’s unlikely to offer any more protection than your average condom

Are antimicrobial condoms the new frontier against STIs? Not quite…

This article by Bridget Haire first appeared on The Conversation here.   Australian biotech company Starpharma has announced the imminent launch of a condom coated with an antimicrobial chemical known as VivaGel. While it might be marketed as a great leap forward for preventing STIs.  Condoms are effective at preventing pregnancy and a range of STIs, including HIV, because they provide a direct barrier to the transfer of fluids between sexual partners. They can, nevertheless fail, either

What is safe sex?

published: September, 23, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Progressive Australian AIDS Service Organization ACON redefines what is "safe" sex for gay and bi men – and it’s not just about condoms!

What is safe sex?

This new position statement appears on the website of ACON,   originally the AIDS Council of NSW, here. Read the PostiveLite.com review from Editor Bob Leahy following the statement, ACON Position Statement - What is Safe Sex?   The HIV prevention landscape has changed considerably in recent years. Condoms, used together with lubricant, remain the most effective barrier against the transmission of HIV, though they are no longer the only option. Additional biomedical technologies and ne

To test or not to test for HIV? That is the question…

published: July, 29, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

With testing so much in the spotlight lately, including at AIDS 2014 as one of the strtagies to end the epidemic, guest writer David Polson writes about why it makes sense for an individual to know his or her status

To test or not to test for HIV?  That is the question…

This is a huge and confronting question for many people.  Why should people get tested for HIV? Who should get tested for HIV? When should they get tested? How easy is it to get tested?  Lets start with the why.  Despite what far too many people may think, the HIV pandemic is not over. Far from it. Thousands of people are being infected worldwide everyday. Even in first world countries there is a huge rise in infection rates in some populations How can this be, there are treat

Gay men and condoms

published: July, 27, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Gay Men, Research, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Aidsmap reports from AIDS 2014 on research that says most gay men who don’t use condoms are mindful of HIV and attempt to reduce their risk

Gay men and condoms

This article by Roger Pebody first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   Three-quarters of Australian gay and bisexual men who report unprotected anal intercourse with casual male partners say that they “often” or “always” employ some sort of risk reduction strategy with those partners. Many attempt to select partners who they believe have the same HIV status as themselves (serosorting); a significant proportion use condoms most but not all of the time; and smaller numbers practice ‘str

What I did on the holidays

published: November, 26, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Media, Population Specific

After a long break from blogging, Christopher Banks is back: “I get to today and find that I don’t know where to begin. It’s nothing like riding a bike. So, this scattered summary of the last four months is my best attempt.”

Remember those crap essays your teacher made you write after a holiday break?  They weren’t really interested in what you did, it was a desperate smokescreen while they panicked about how to spend the next term trying to make you care about algebra. From your perspective, the assignment was bittersweet. You recalled a few glorious weeks of freedom in faltering sentences, imagining them projected onto the musty walls of your classroom prison compound. After killing this blog in March, the

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