Category Archives: STI

  1. Kenya’s HIV Challenge: Easing Stigma For Gay Men

    via NPR, by Jason Beaubien Health officials in Kenya say reducing the transmission of HIV among gay men is a central part of their national AIDS strategy. But they face serious challenges, including the fact that homosexuality is still a crime in the East African nation. HIV rates among gay and bisexual men in Kenya are far Read More >>

    Africa, Bisexual, criminalization, discrimination, gay men, HIV, hiv prevention, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS, Kenya, MSM, National AIDS Strategy, prostitution, safer sex, STI, stigma, testing
  2. Rectal microbicide research gives hope for HIV protection

    via Citizens News Service, by Somya Arora According to the Microbicides Trials Network (MTN), HIV continues to disproportionately affect racial minorities and men who have sex with men (MSM). MTN estimates that 5 to 10 percent of the world’s population engages in anal sex and globally, MSM are 19 times more likely to be infected with HIV Read More >>

    AIDS Foundation of Chicago, anal sex, antiretroviral therapy, CHARM, Dr. Ian McGowan, HIV, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS, IRMA, Jim Pickett, Microbicide Trials Network, MSM, MTN, rectal microbicide, STI
  3. Meet Rebekah – A Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate

    Check out this interesting mini-bio of Rebekah Webb, the latest in IRMA’s “Meet a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate” series on the IRMA website here.  Rebekah is one of six new bios just posted a few days ago, including individuals from Kenya, Thailand, the US, and Argentina.  Each will be featured on the blog, and you can read Read More >>

    AVAC, Global Campaign for Microbicides, HIV, hiv prevention, IRMA, Meet a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate, rectal microbicide, STI
  4. Appropriate Health Services Needed for Men Who Have Sex With Men in South Africa

    via sahivsoc.org, by Rebe K, De Swardt G, Struthers H, McIntyre JA Until fairly recently, the healthcare needs of men who have sex with men (MSM) have been under-researched and under-resourced in South Africa.1 This has occurred despite emerging local evidence confirming high rates of HIV among this most at risk or key population (MARP). Notwithstanding inclusion Read More >>

    Africa, anal sex, criminalization, HIV, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS, MARPs, MSM, South Africa, STI
  5. Age at First Anal Sex and HIV/STI Vulnerability among Gay Men in Australia

    via bmj.com, by Anthony Lyons ABSTRACT Objectives To determine whether there is a link between age at first anal intercourse (AFAI) and gay men’s HIV/sexually transmissible infection (STI) vulnerability, including tendencies to engage in higher risk sexual behaviour. Methods A nationwide cross-sectional survey was conducted online involving 845 Australian gay men born between 1944 and 1993. Results Read More >>

    anal intercourse, Australia, gay men, HIV, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS, risk, STI
  6. Research on Douching Reveals Little Association to Sexually Transmitted Infections

    via AIDSmap.com, by Gus Cairns Neither rectal douching nor vaginal washing appear to be as significantly associated with sexually transmitted infections as had been feared, the International Microbicides Conference in Sydney heard yesterday. In the case of women, vaginal washing and other vaginal health practices have been associated with bacterial vaginosis (BV), an imbalance in the types Read More >>

    anal health, anal sex, rectal douche, rectum, STD, STI, vaginal microbicide
  7. Survey reveals gaps in HIV programming for MSM

    Via PlusNews. A new global survey of more than 5,000 men who have sex with men (MSM) reveals a marginalized group of people with little access to basic HIV prevention tools such as condoms and few means to learn about HIV. Conducted by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV between 24 June and 17 August 2010, Read More >>

    counseling, Global Forum on MSM and HIV, healthcare, HIV, homophobia, lubricant, MSM, prevention, STD, STI, stigma
  8. More Teen Virgins? Not So Fast

    Via RHrealitycheck.org, by Martha Kempner In 2006–2008, 29 percent of females and 27 percent of males ages 15 to 24 reported that they had never had sexual contact with another person. This was a small but statistically significant change from 2002 when it was 22 percent for both males and females. Many teens are making responsible decisions Read More >>

    NSFG, sexual behavior, STD, STI, teenagers, virgins
  9. HIV/AIDS: Five Ways to reduce women’s vulnerability to HIV/AIDS

     Via PlusNews Women and girls across the globe continue to be disproportionately affected by the AIDS pandemic. HIV is the leading cause of death and disease among women of reproductive age worldwide. IRIN/PlusNews presents five important ways to reduce women’s vulnerability to HIV: Education: According to UNAIDS, illiterate women are four times more likely to believe Read More >>

    education. reproductive health services, girls, HIV/AIDS, STI, women
  10. Debate PrEP based on facts

    Via Ebar, by Dr. Robert Grant A robust public debate is under way about the potential use of anti-HIV drugs to prevent HIV infection (also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP). Our study, called iPrEx, provided the first conclusive evidence that the daily use of PrEP with the FDA-approved HIV treatment Truvada can significantly reduce HIV infection Read More >>

    Bisexual, condoms, Gay, HIV/AIDS, Infections, injection drug use, iPrEx, MSM, placebo, PrEP, prevention, STI, Truvada