Testing Social Media to Prevent HIV in Young Black and Latino Men
Despite advancements in HIV medications and prevention, the CDC estimates that new HIV infections in the U.S. have remained more or less stable at 50,000 new cases each year for the last 10 years. An astounding 78% of the young men contracting the virus are Black and Latino MSMs. How can we use technology to reach out and ebb this constant flow?
The conventional male condom leaves a lot to be desired: Latex allergies, lost erections and the many men who outright refuse to use them. Sometimes they break, and their design has been unchanged for nearly a century.
Public health experts, scientists and manufacturers are focused on building better condoms, both male and female—and even one specifically for anal sex. But most of the new condoms in the pipeline probably won’t become available in the United States for several years, if ever. What gives?
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?
A new study looking into Gay men’s risk for acquiring HIV finds some surprising results:
1) Seems gay men shift in and out of risk levels pretty fluidly.
2) Having an income above $20,000 a year actually makes gay men MORE LIKELY to be at high risk for HIV infection.
3) In addition, being white, as opposed to being black or hispanic was linked to an increase in high-risk behavior.
Although porn performers in California Dreamin’ used condoms, the studio used Photoshop techniques to edit them out. Let us know if you can tell the difference.
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.
Longitudinal Studies Shed Light on MSM Per-Contact HIV Risk
Turns out younger men who have sex with men and MSM of color have a higher risk of the contracting the virus. Also, click here for your infection risk based on whether or not you have: protected/unprotected sex, insertive/receptive partners, and HIV+/unknown partners.
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.