Time to Step Up? U.S. Funded HIV Clinic Raided by Ugandan Cops
The Makerere University Walter Reed Project just had all of its condoms, lubes and medical manuals on HIV/MSMs and two employees seized by Ugandan authorities. Police were allegedly acting on a report that the clinic was “promoting homosexuality” which has been banned by national law since February.
3/8 people who contracted invasive meningococcal disease so far this year in LA County have died. But even in the middle of their new vaccine push for local MSMs, the LA County Health Department tried to keep them a secret. Why?
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In a recent study of sexually active HIV-positive MSMs in the U.S., 75% had anal or genital warts in the past and 92% had some form of anal HPV at the beginning of the trial. What’s more, 78% of these men had some stage of precancerous anal cell changes.
A staggering 12% of young gay black men in Atlanta are contracting HIV each year, an incidence rate exceeding that of almost all other previously recorded figures in the world’s wealthier nations. At this rate, a sexually active black man who becomes sexually active at age 18 has a 60% chance of becoming HIV positive by the time he hits 30.
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.