Cocaine may increase an individual’s likelihood of acquiring HIV, by stimulating a pair of receptors on inactive CD4 cells and appears to fuel the spread of the virus from cell to cell.
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The Benefits of Having HIV
Why do certain men in NYC say they actually want/look forward to an HIV diagnosis? And who should we blame for the phenomena? —Those seeking out the disease for financial benefits, or the system that creates their desperation?
Sexually ‘Versatile’ Gay Men Likely Fueling HIV Spread
This aidsmap study found that 63% of gay men say they’re versatile when it comes to anal sex. & versatile men report vastly more frequent unprotected anal intercourse than exclusive tops or bottoms. What’s more, young men under 25 are by far the most likely to report being an exclusive bottom, while the majority of all men said they were more likely to report being the top when they didn’t know their partner’s HIV status.
The moral of this story? Use condoms.
“You know what they do in San Francisco, some in the gay community there they want to get people so if they got the stuff they’ll have a ring, you shake hands, and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger,” Robertson said. “Really. It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.”
Long-Acting PrEP Injection Prevents Anal Simian HIV Transmission
A long-acting, injectable version of the antiretroviral dolutegravir prevented rectal transmission of simian HIV (SHIV) in eight macaques.
Increased Cytokine Levels in Semen May Aid in HIV Transmission
The study’s authors speculate that IL-7, along with other cytokines, may be a key factor in determining rates of HIV transmission.
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Treatment as Prevention: Not as Simple as It Sounds
For many of us, the concerns about “treatment as prevention” (using drugs before or after exposure to HIV to prevent infection by the virus as opposed to using drugs after infection to stop it from progressing) isn’t about whether or not it is effective on an individual basis in preventing HIV transmission. It is.
Read more of Sean Strub’s blog : http://blogs.poz.com/sean/archives/2012/11/treatment_as_prevention.html