Today, April 10 is the second National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. About 34,000 young people ageist 13 to 24 are living with HIV in the U.S….
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Interesting article explaining the social stigma in the gay community about using Truvada. The once daily pill protects against HIV if a person has unprotected sex. But more women than men are using it.
POZ Exclusive: Jetsons-Era HIV Care and Prevention
Let’s take a quick look over some futuristic highlights from this year’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI):
A new study based on the genetic information from 150,000 people has discovered a rare gene mutation that prevents even obese people from developing type 2 diabetes.
Synthesizing the mutation with drugs would be particularly promising for people with HIV because we have elevated rates of diabetes.
Are Monthly PrEP Injections (Rather Than Once-a-Day Pills) In HIV Prevention’s Near Future?
CDC Scientists have found that the long-acting investigational ARV GSK744 can fully prevent SIV transmission in female pigtail macaques. But how long will it be until we can test on the human form?
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?
Do you know the history of condoms?
New Programs for Positive Women in NYC! Health People in the Bronx has launched 2 new, forward-thinking initiatives to help with its community education efforts:
1) The organization will now focus on treating women for trauma and abuse as part of their HIV prevention and care, and
2) It will use a big social media campaign to reach women with effective HIV prevention and care messages.
For more info, click here.
PEPFAR Gives $20M to Support Non-ARV Microbicides
A gel-like product that does not contain antiretrovirals could eliminate the need for HIV screening needed for ARV microbicides, as well as reduce drug-resistant HIV strains. Even better, it could lead to an over-the-counter HIV prevention product.
"If an extrinsic motivator such as money is used, not providing enough may increase transmission, not reduce it….What if the person is only paid $50 bucks and given a bottle of pills? Would this person use this money to buy more crystal meth leading to further non-compliance and further transmission?"