Focus Point: STIs and HIV Are on the Rise in London Gay Men
Although men who have sex with men (MSM) are less than 2% of London’s adult population, they account for 24% of STI diagnoses.
65% of London’s gonorrhea cases and 84% of syphilis diagnoses were among MSM.
HIV diagnoses rose by 28% among London MSM 2003-2012.
In London, the ratio of MSM with the virus is now 1 in 12.
About half of the city’s gay and bisexual men report engaging in anal sex without a condom.

Focus Point: STIs and HIV Are on the Rise in London Gay Men

  • Although men who have sex with men (MSM) are less than 2% of London’s adult population, they account for 24% of STI diagnoses.
  • 65% of London’s gonorrhea cases and 84% of syphilis diagnoses were among MSM.
  • HIV diagnoses rose by 28% among London MSM 2003-2012.
  • In London, the ratio of MSM with the virus is now 1 in 12.
  • About half of the city’s gay and bisexual men report engaging in anal sex without a condom.
Gay Men, Especially Youths, Are Tuned Out Where HIV Is ConcernedIn this recent Kaiser Health survey of American MSM:
56% of respondents said they weren’t personally concerned about contracting HIV.
Among those who reported they were HIV-negative, just 30% had actually been tested for the virus within the last year.
44% of men under the age of 35 said they had never been tested.
55% had never heard of using Truvada as PrEP
Only 25% knew that taking ARV’s greatly reduces the chance of HIV transmission.
61% reported rarely or never discussing HIV at the doctor.

Gay Men, Especially Youths, Are Tuned Out Where HIV Is Concerned

In this recent Kaiser Health survey of American MSM:

  • 56% of respondents said they weren’t personally concerned about contracting HIV.
  • Among those who reported they were HIV-negative, just 30% had actually been tested for the virus within the last year.
  • 44% of men under the age of 35 said they had never been tested.
  • 55% had never heard of using Truvada as PrEP
  • Only 25% knew that taking ARV’s greatly reduces the chance of HIV transmission.
  • 61% reported rarely or never discussing HIV at the doctor.
Congressional Democrats Seek HHS Update on Gay Blood Ban86 members of Congress have sent a second letter to the fed urging it to speed up its re-evaluation of the lifetime blood ban on blood donated by men who have sex with men.
Prompting this new letter was the recent rejection of donated eyes after the death of a gay 16-year-old who committed suicide. They were rejected because his mother could not confirm her son had not been sexually active.
So far, only one Republican has signed on.

Congressional Democrats Seek HHS Update on Gay Blood Ban

86 members of Congress have sent a second letter to the fed urging it to speed up its re-evaluation of the lifetime blood ban on blood donated by men who have sex with men.

Prompting this new letter was the recent rejection of donated eyes after the death of a gay 16-year-old who committed suicide. They were rejected because his mother could not confirm her son had not been sexually active.

So far, only one Republican has signed on.

This is Not a Flashback: New Meningitis Cases Found in HIV-Positive Gay and Bi Men in NYCIn an apparent resurgence of the 2010-2013 outbreak, 3 men in New York City have been diagnosed with the invasive spinal disease since August 24.
If you haven’t yet, get vaccinated. Shots are available at most clinics, as well as Duane Reade, Walgreens and other area pharmacies.

This is Not a Flashback: New Meningitis Cases Found in HIV-Positive Gay and Bi Men in NYC

In an apparent resurgence of the 2010-2013 outbreak, 3 men in New York City have been diagnosed with the invasive spinal disease since August 24.

If you haven’t yet, get vaccinated. Shots are available at most clinics, as well as Duane Reade, Walgreens and other area pharmacies.

Young Bangkok Gay Men Are Acquiring HIV at a Breakneck PaceThe Bangkok MSM Cohort Study has found that HIV rates in this group are a whopping 9% a year among those not using condoms consistently and 2% a year among those who report using condoms all the time.
Those who said they had anal sex without a condom ended up having a 46% likelihood of becoming HIV-positive within a year.

Young Bangkok Gay Men Are Acquiring HIV at a Breakneck Pace

The Bangkok MSM Cohort Study has found that HIV rates in this group are a whopping 9% a year among those not using condoms consistently and 2% a year among those who report using condoms all the time.

Those who said they had anal sex without a condom ended up having a 46% likelihood of becoming HIV-positive within a year.