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No new HIV infections seen among Kaiser PrEP users

No new HIV infections have occurred among more than 500 users of the Kaiser Permanente healthcare provider system in San Francisco in members using pre-exposure prophylaxis –

Published
15 December 2014
By
Liz Highleyman
New herpes treatment strategy described by researchers

A novel treatment approach for persistent viral infections such as herpes has been described by researchers. Using animal models of herpes simplex virus infection, researchers show that blocking the activity of a host cell protein called LSD1 reduces herpes infection, shedding and recurrence.

Published
10 December 2014
From
Science Daily
S.F. men shed condoms in favor of Gilead's HIV prevention pill

The good news: A pill from Gilead Sciences Inc. stops HIV infection among people at high risk of contracting the AIDS virus. The bad news: Men taking the drug to prevent HIV appear to be having more sex without a condom, putting them at risk of contracting other sexually transmitted diseases.

Published
09 December 2014
From
San Francisco Business Times
HPV vaccine, riskier sexual activity not linked researchers say

Sexual behavior of teenage girls does not appear to be impacted by the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, according to Queen's University, Canada researchers Drs. Leah Smith and Linda Lévesque.

Published
09 December 2014
From
Eurekalert
Diagnosis of syphilis as an entry point for PrEP initiation among men who have sex with men

The results suggest that a new diagnosis of syphilis is an important opportunity for PrEP initiation, unless contraindications are present. This would be in addition to immediate syphilis treatment, and treatment for sexual partners.

Published
01 December 2014
From
UNAIDS Science Now
Tenth of British men 'pay for sex'

More than one in 10 men have paid for sex, according to a major study of British sexual habits.

Published
18 November 2014
From
BBC Health
Gay men 'should get anti-cancer jab'

The HPV vaccine should be given to men who have sex with men, according to the government's experts. It is is already given to schoolgirls in the UK, but there have been calls for the vaccination programme to be extended. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation now recommends offering the jab at sexual health clinics to men who have sex with men, aged between 16 and 40.

Published
12 November 2014
From
BBC News
Missed HPV vaccination opportunities: a consequence of avoiding awkward conversations

In the US, routine administration of quadrivalent HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys at 11-12 yrs, with catch-up vaccination recommended up to 26 yrs for girls, and 21 yrs for boys.  The difficulty has been in the implementation of the recommendation: overall rates of initiating and completion among US teenage girls currently stand at 57% and 35% respectively.

Published
11 November 2014
From
BMJ
Dissolving Tampons Deliver HIV Drugs (and Maybe Contraception, Too)

University of Washington researchers have created a discreet, quick-dissolving tampon out of silk-line fibers to protect women from HIV. The researchers would ideally like to develop a tampon to protect against HIV, herpes, and pregnancy — an all-in-one shield against the risks of sex. This could prove especially useful in developing countries, where women may not have easy access to other kinds of birth control.

Published
04 November 2014
From
Healthline News
New syphilis more than doubles chance of HIV in MSM PrEP trial

Getting syphilis more than doubled chances of HIV acquisition in the iPrEx preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial in men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women. But having syphilis did not diminish the protective benefit of daily tenofovir/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) PrEP against HIV.

Published
04 November 2014
From
International AIDS Society

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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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