Fool Us Once….
TAG’s Tim Horn blogs: “We’re being duped by our government agencies. We’re being hoodwinked by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We’re being bamboozled by pharmaceutical companies and research networks. In the April issue of TAGline, we highlight several missteps in research and policy that have required advocacy to remedy and ensure that the jokes don’t remain on us.”
POZ’s magazine’s latest feature finds playing the HIV numbers game is less—and more—risky than you think.
Are Monthly PrEP Injections (Rather Than Once-a-Day Pills) In HIV Prevention’s Near Future?
CDC Scientists have found that the long-acting investigational ARV GSK744 can fully prevent SIV transmission in female pigtail macaques. But how long will it be until we can test on the human form?
Redefining Sex With HIV:
The CDC will stop using "unprotected sex" for "sex without condoms" in its HIV/AIDS research after a letter by HIV PJA argued that not all condomless sex between MSMs has a heightened HIV risk (—shout out to you PrEP!). Thoughts?
CDC Reports ‘Troubling Rise’ in Syphilis in Gay and Bi Men
The incidence of syphilis among MSM has risen from 5,500 cases in 2007 to more than 8,000 in 2012, while the rates for heterosexual men and women have remained relatively constant. In fact, 75% of new syphilis cases between 2011 and 2012 were among MSM.
She would replace former U.S. global AIDS coordinator Eric Goosby, who resigned in late 2013.
Re-evaluate Your HIV Language!
Advocates urge the CDC to reduce its own risk of misleading perceptions about the virus and MSMs:
"[Several CDC reports] use increasingly antiquated language on risk, miss the opportunity to take a bold and scientifically-validated stance on systems change to facilitate more frequent HIV testing for bisexual and gay men, and does not clarify if transgender women are included in the historically-confusing category of MSM."
Gardasil: Not Just for Girls
New research shows young MSMs acquire vaccine-preventable strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) very shortly after becoming sexually active, adding weight to the CDC’s new recommendation that all boys should be vaccinated between the ages of 11 and 12.
A new Emory University-invented pilot HIV program that tests and counsels male couples for HIV together is going to be rolled out nationwide, says the MAC AIDS Fund.
To read their statement, click here.
To read a POZ interview with Patrick Sullivan, the principal investigator behind Testing Together, click here.