Articles tagged with: sexually transmitted infections (STI)

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

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s SUPER-GONORRHOEA!

published: October, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door

From FS Magazine, this report on the rise of drug-resistant STI.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s SUPER-GONORRHOEA!

In the last couple of months we’ve seen headlines about three (yes, three) untreatable infections of super gonorrhoea. The World Health Organization has called it a “very serious situation”, but how does a bacterial STI become untreatable, and what can we do to stop it? What already works? Antibiotics are medicines used to treat bacterial infections, in both humans and animals. Different antibiotics work in different ways, some stop the bacteria from forming the right cell structure,

International study of gay couples reports no transmissions from an HIV-positive partner on treatment

published: July, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on evidence from the Opposites Attract study that was presented this week at #IAS2017 in Paris.

International study of gay couples reports no transmissions from an HIV-positive partner on treatment

Image from Opposites Attract study: www.oppositesattract.net.au A study of 343 gay couples, where one partner had HIV and the other did not, has not found a single case of HIV transmission in 16,889 acts of condomless anal sex, the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) in Paris, France, was told today. The Opposites Attract study looked at whether HIV is transmitted between gay male couples of different HIV status when the HIV positive partner is on treatment

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

How stigma stops you getting a date

published: February, 02, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. From FS, words by Nicholas Baker

How stigma stops you getting a date

This article by  Nicholas Baker previously appeared at FS, here. I’d been chatting to a guy from a dating app on and off for a couple of days and the subject of work comes up – now I usually don’t say exactly what I do for a living straight away, because I’m not spending my Sunday afternoon giving personal advice to everyone on Tinder, Grindr, Hornet, Scruff or Twitter (if you don’t think Twitter is a dating app then you’re just not doing it properly) – anyway in this instan

Why a course on sexual health and dementia

published: January, 31, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Events, Mental Health, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Sex and Sexuality , Megan DePutter

Megan DePutter: "Well-intended concerns about consent and capacity may lead to withholding information or efforts to restrict or manage sexual behaviour in ways that may be inappropriate."

Why a course on sexual health and dementia

Terrence Higgins Trust has partnered with Alzheimer Scotland to offer a course on Sexual Health and Dementia (for course details see bottom of post) in our new Learning Centre. Sexual health needs might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to supporting people with dementia. But sexual health is important for everyone. Here are a few reasons why we at Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland felt it was important to create a course on Sexual Health and Dementia. 1.

Remember, people with HIV invented safe sex.

published: January, 19, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Health, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Megan DePutter

Megan DePutter debunks the logic that it is people who are aware of their HIV status who are responsible for spreading HIV and the ethics of withholding the information that U=U.

Remember, people with HIV invented safe sex.

"Withholding information on the assumption that it will be misused is not only misguided, it is unethical." Like most PositiveLite.com readers, I’ve been following the undetectable = untransmittable saga with interest. I was thrilled to read about the new statement from CATIE, which endorses this clear message. This ground-breaking change comes directly from the efforts of people living with HIV themselves. It represents a fine example of the profound work of people living with HIV and illu

PrEP, discrimination and HIV stigma

published: January, 17, 2017 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, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

The UK's FS magazine says: "When it comes to HIV, stigmatisation and discrimination are rife in gay-land, now more than ever."

PrEP, discrimination and HIV stigma

This article by Mario | @Londondiaries2 previously apperared at FS, here. Every day in the UK, about ten gay/bisexual men are diagnosed with HIV. About 11% of HIV-positive gay men are on meds but not undetectable. You would think that these figures alone would help the NHS gods see the light and work towards an end to the PrEP saga. Unless you’ve been living in isolation for the past year, by now you will know that there is a pill out there which, if taken daily, within seven days can p

Four London clinics report dramatic drops in HIV incidence in gay men: PrEP, early testing and early ART are likely to be key

published: January, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Simon Collins of HIV i-Base reports some encouraging PrEP news.

Four London clinics report dramatic drops in HIV incidence in gay men: PrEP, early testing and early ART are likely to be key

To read the entire article by Simon Collins, go to HIV i-Base, here. At the end of December, several leading London sexual health clinics used social media to report significant drops in number of gay men who were diagnosed HIV positive during 2016.These preliminary data are based on early reviews. A similar number of tests were run each year and a similar number of STIs were reported for each period. This suggests that increased use of PrEP together with early diagnosis and early ART are li

The UK’s largest sexual health clinic saw a 40 percent drop in new HIV infections this year

published: December, 29, 2016 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, Guest Authors

AIDSmap reports: PrEP and immediate treatment probably both contributing, doctors say

The UK’s largest sexual health clinic saw a 40 percent drop in new HIV infections this year

The clinic at 56 Dean Street in Soho, central London, the largest sexual health clinic in the UK, saw an unprecedented 40% drop in new HIV diagnoses this year. A press release from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, which runs Dean Street, said that in the period between January and November 2016, the clinic diagnosed 373 new HIV infections. In the same period in 2015, they diagnosed 626 – a fall of 40.4%. The Dean Street clinic accounts for one in nine HIV diagnoses in the UK and one

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