In a recent study presented at CROI, meth users had a far worse CD4/CD8 ratio and shed far more HIV in their semen than those who did not use the drug.
Male Circumcision Lowers HIV Rates in Women, Too
We already know it reduces female-to-male transmission of HIV by 60%, but now new studies from South Africa show that females may be protected by male circumcision as well. After reading the study, do you think it’s worth it?
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?
HIV-Positive Youths Tend to Delay Their Entry Into Care
Between 30 and 45 percent of young people between the ages of 12 and 24 receive treatment for HIV when they already had a CD4 count below 350. That’s bad, say experts, because those with lower CD4 counts tended to have higher viral loads, making them more likely to transmit the virus to others.
One More Study Shows PrEP Doesn’t Lead to Riskier Sex
PrEP was approved in 2012 as an HIV prevention tool that can reduce the risk of transmission by more than 90% if used correctly. However, the antiretroviral has remained controversial, and sparsely used, in no small part because of concerns that it will lead to sexual risk bingeing.
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.
"Criminalization is increasingly recognized as a significant obstacle to overcoming the HIV epidemic, particularly because it deters people from getting tested for HIV. If you don’t know you have HIV, you can’t be prosecuted on a criminalization charge."
Protein in Breast Milk May Protect Babies From HIV
Scientists have identified a protein in breast milk that may be a key reason why most HIV-positive mothers do not transmit the virus to their babies through breast-feeding—a finding that may lead to new HIV prevention methods.
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NOTE TO ROOKIES:
Never forget these two facts: First, you can live a long, healthy life with HIV. Second, learning as much as you can about HIV and getting to know other people who have it are the best defense against sickness. So, what next?
Click here for POZ mag’s HIV/AIDS Basics, including all the science-y stuff, rules of transmission and a complete guide to testing, all in one place.
PEP: In Case of Emergency
Post-exposure prophylaxis can stop HIV, but only if you and your health care providers know about it. Unfortunately, this still seems to be a big problem in the medical community at large….
This POZ exclusive asks: What’s the hold-up with PEP? How accessible is it? Where is it, and how can you be proactive about acquiring it?