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Why a London sex clinic is taking on the dark side of internet dating

Hook-up apps’ tumultuous crusade into the heartlands of the dating scene have been well documented, with the decline in relationship intimacy and rise in sexually transmitted infections all being attributed to their use. It’s for that reason 56 Dean Street, a Soho-based sexual health clinic which sees 13,000 patients walk through its doors each month, has developed a service designed to tackle the new problems online dating presents.

Published
30 March 2016
From
Daily Telegraph
The Persistence of HIV Fear in the Age of PrEP

"But if I have sex without a condom, something bad eventually has to happen." I can understand how this fear operates. The first year I used PrEP and had condomless sex with both HIV-positive, and HIV-negative-identified partners, I still carried that fear. My 40-year-old mind simply could not absorb that feeling good wouldn't result in a painful outcome.

Published
03 March 2016
From
The Body
Discovering Your Sexual Personality In a New Era of HIV

For the first time in generations, we have a chance to reclaim our sexual personality. For so long, sex brought death; now, sex can bring us to life again. Bur first, we have to re-teach our emotional brains. We have to break free from our chains and re-imagine our sexuality. How can we do this?

Published
20 February 2016
From
BETA blog
How to Talk to Your Partner About Going on PrEP

Making the PrEP decision when you are in a relationship can be especially difficult. You have to consider not only your needs and expectations, but those of your partner. Two people. Twice as many considerations.

Published
01 February 2016
From
HIV Plus
A Dating App For HIV-Positive People Leaked Sensitive Data

More than 5,000 members of Hzone may have had their personal information compromised thanks to an unsecured database.

Published
15 December 2015
From
BuzzFeed
How has PrEP impacted people living with HIV?

We know PrEP is changing the way HIV-negative men navigate sex. But how has it impacted people living with HIV? David Crawford speaks with three HIV-positive people to find out what PrEP means for them.

Published
15 December 2015
From
Gay News Network
This Is What It’s Like Using Dating Apps When You’re HIV Positive

Dating apps aren’t exactly known for sensitive interactions between people, but for gay men living with HIV, there is an extra barrier: disclosing to potential partners their HIV status.

Published
24 November 2015
From
BuzzFeed
The rise of gay 'chemsex' parties involving libido-enhancing drugs

Life is better than ever for London's gay community. So why are some men indulging in drug-fuelled parties of weekend-long, often unsafe, sex with HIV rates on the rise? The writer Matt Cain believes the roots of the dark 'chemsex' scene touch us all.

Published
20 October 2015
From
The Independent
PrEP: How the Tiny Blue Pill Changed My Life

Joel Alcaraz writes: "It's been over one year since I have started taking the FDA approved pill called Truvada for HIV prevention. The only sanctioned medicine (aka PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis) that prevents HIV infection. Not even condoms are approved by the FDA to prevent HIV...The LGBTQ community needs to overcome the traumas of the past to heal and move past the stigma of HIV. The HIV rate has held steady for the last decade. Condoms and abstinence alone won't help turn the tide, it's time to kill the fear, because that is what is truly keeping us from being ourselves and living our lives."

Published
15 October 2015
From
Huffington Post
Grindr Fatigue And The Dehumanization Of Gay Men

The increasing popularity and constant accessibility of social media apps has led, in many ways, to the dehumanization of gay men. In other words, Grindr, Scruff and the rest of the lot are creating a bunch of gay sex robots who only know how to communicate with each other via pictures and sexual function.

Published
24 September 2015
From
HIV Equal

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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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