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Knights of Malta condom scandal stretches from Myanmar to the Vatican

Split in lay order after senior official was dismissed over distribution of free prophylactics and the Holy See hierarchy sought to intervene.

11 January 2017
The Guardian
Philippines urged to break condom barriers amid rising HIV epidemic among gay men

RELIGIOUS conservatism and restrictive policies that the Duterte administration has inherited are fueling a rising human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic in the Philippines, particularly among men who have sex with men, a report released Thursday by global rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

08 December 2016
Asian Correspondent
Californians Reject Condoms in Porn Ballot Measure Proposition 60

Proposition 60’s defeat was a big victory for Chanel Preston and others in the adult film industry who traveled to hearings and organized in opposition to the ballot measure.

14 November 2016
The Wrap
How well do condoms protect gay men from HIV?

In laboratory testing, condoms used perfectly according to directions should be 99.5% effective against HIV with only mechanical failure (i.e. breakage) resulting in infections. Since we are human and tend to not have laboratory-style sex, how well do they actually work in reality to prevent HIV for gay men?

17 October 2016
BETA blog
HIV prevention in New Zealand: It's time for a change

With all the scientific breakthroughs and real world evidence we may have a whole range of tools in the toolbox to address this problem, not just condoms.

05 October 2016
Gay NZ
NYC Condom reaching key populations with targeted distribution, marketing and mobile phone app

New York City was the first city in the world to have its own municipally branded condom, and it currently maintains the largest free condom programme in the United States of America. Even in this high income, cosmopolitan city, free condom distribution is instrumental in preventing HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies among key populations. Free condom distribution is included as a cost-saving and cost-effective prevention strategy within the 2015 Blueprint for ending the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020.

04 October 2016
How Do We Negotiate Condom Usage in the Age of PrEP?

When I have anal sex, I usually use condoms, even after being on PrEP for two years. But I've interviewed scores of people on PrEP, mostly cis gay men, and the majority either never use condoms or only use them at a partner's request.

29 September 2016
The Body
The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping fabulous. See

27 September 2016
My Fabulous Disease
Why some organizations are slow to adopt the undetectable = uninfectious message

We need to somehow get a grip on what these messages mean for people, and the implications of our messaging. That, I think, will involve some reflection on how we use and interpret scientific findings and our comfort levels with risk.

06 September 2016
Positive Lite
Is Zimbabwe’s condom use per person the highest in the world?

Zimbabwe had 157 million male and female condoms available in 2015 and a relatively high self-reported use of condoms among adults who have multiple sexual partnerships. But is their condom use per capita the highest in the world?

09 August 2016
Africa Check

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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