Unprotected Sex on the Rise Among Gay Men
Between 2005 and 2011, the rate of men who have sex with men (MSM) who reported having unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) in the past year increased by 20 percent. Yup. That’s even though more than 1/3 of those MSMs said that they had not been tested for HIV in the last year.
The Gay HIV Epidemic Is Increasing in All Nations
The upward trajectory of HIV infection trends among gay men worldwide points to a dire future for that demographic, even as overall HIV incidence rates in the general population have been steadily dropping. Click here for more information.
New research finds that men who have sex with men (MSM) who attend church are more likely to receive an HIV diagnosis late in the course of their infection….. Thoughts on Why?
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.
A new petition is urging the CDC to recommend the bacterial meningitis vaccine for infants and children. LGBT activists started the petition in response to the recent bacterial meningitis outbreak among men who have sex with men (MSM), arguing that children living in the more than 115,000 same-sex U.S. households should be protected.
NYC Health Official Says Meningitis Outbreak Is Over
Since 2010, there were 22 cases of meningitis among local sexually active gay and bisexual men; seven of them died. Since a widespread vaccination campaign, there have apparently been no new cases since February.
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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.
Treatment News: PrEP Did Not Increase Sexual Risks in Study of Gay Men
Pre exposure prophylaxis, in which an HIV antiretrovirals are taken daily by HIV-negative people at high risk for infection, has been shown in recent research with MSM to significantly lower the risk of transmission. A major concern, however, is that those taking PrEP will consider themselves more invincible to infection and might take more sexual risks. This study says otherwise.
Insufficient HIV Testing May Make Gay Relationships Risky
According to a new aidsmap study, 1 in 5 gay men dating an HIV-negative partner have not been tested for HIV during their relationship.
But what’s the risk? Previous research has found that between one- and two-thirds of HIV transmissions in gay and bisexual men in the United States occur within the boundaries of a relationship.
Strong Support for Vaccinating Young Gay Men for HPV
A syndicate of sexual health physicians have published an editorial in which they spotlight high rates of HPV-related anal disease in gay men and show how the vaccine is both cost-effective and beneficial to public health.
In fact, the CDC is now recommending all 11- and 12-year-old boys receive the vaccination, as well as males up to age 26.
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