Category Archives: UK

  1. Researchers Report that PrEP May Be Accepted as HIV Prevention in UK’s Gay Men

    via AIDSmap.com, by Roger Pebody Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would be an acceptable HIV prevention strategy for large numbers of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in major UK cities, according to two studies presented to the British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference in Birmingham this week. The conference also heard details of a small Read More >>

    Gay, gay men, MSM, pre-exposure prophylaxis, PrEP, prevention, Treatment as Prevention, UK
  2. Treatment outcomes among different ethnic groups similar for UK gay men

    via Aidsmap, by Michael Carter HIV treatment outcomes among gay men in the UK are similar across ethnic groups, investigators report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The study showed that gay men from black and minority ethnic (BME) populations were approximately 17% less likely to initiate antiretroviral therapy than white Read More >>

    gay black men, gay men, minority, MSM, prevalence, Treatment, UK
  3. PrEP Preferences of Gay Men in the UK

    via aidsmap, by Roger Pebody “Prior awareness of PrEP was low. Only 17% of respondents said that they had already heard of the idea of taking a pill before sex in order to prevent HIV infection.” “Fifty five per cent would prefer a daily pill, 28% before and after sex, and 18% were not sure.” While few Read More >>

    gay men, HIV, MSM, PrEP, UK
  4. The British legacy of homophobia

    via New Statesman, by Philip Dayle Excerpt: Eric Heinze, professor of law at Queen Mary, University of London, believes that there is a “manufactured sensitivity” in pressing human rights relating to sexual orientation. Why shouldn’t gay rights attract the same moral revulsion as the fight against racism or violence against women? Can the UK call out its Read More >>

    Africa, homophobia, homosexuality, Malawi, Uganda, UK
  5. Could Your Mobile Phone Diagnose an STI?

    From The Guardian, by Denis Campbell Mobile phones and computers will soon be able to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases under innovative plans to cut the UK’s rising rate of herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhoea among young people. Doctors and technology experts are developing small devices, similar to pregnancy testing kits, that will tell someone quickly and privately if Read More >>

    research, STI, UK
  6. Gay Asylum Seekers from Iran and Cameroon Win Appeal

    Via BBC Two gay men who said they faced persecution in their home countries have the right to asylum in the UK, the Supreme Court has ruled. The panel of judges said it had agreed “unanimously” to allow the appeals from the men, from Cameroon and Iran. They had earlier been refused asylum on the grounds they Read More >>

    Cameroon, criminalization, gay men, homophobia, human rights, Iran, LGBT rights, UK
  7. HIV is not a gay disease

    via guardian.co.uk, by Chris Ward The gay community is very aware of HIV. Indeed, the infection used to go by the name of gay-related immune deficiency (Grid) before it was discovered to have been transmitted through other non-sexual means such as intravenous drug use. It seems that history can leave quite a mark, not just in the Read More >>

    gay men, heterosexual epidemic, history, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, homophobia, homosexuality, sexual behavior, sexual health, stigma, UK
  8. Buzzzzzz — Rectal Microbicides!

    by Mariama Kamara (African HIV Policy Network, UK) and Dr. Carolina Herrera (St. George’s University, London, UK) Our third Buzz Café ( hosted by the UK African Microbicides Working Group on December 4) focused on rectal microbicides and the possibilities of having a rectal Microbicides before a vaginal one. The topic in itself is quite controversial but Read More >>

    advocacy, anal sex, behavioral research, rectal microbicide, research, UK, UK African Microbicides Working Group
  9. The UK is all a-BUZZ about rectal microbicides!

    click image to enlarge As part of its ongoing series of highly successful Buzz Cafés, the UK African Microbicides Working Group is hosting its next event on December 4th. Guest speaker Dr. Carolina Herrera from St. George’s University, discussions about participants’ role in rectal microbicide advocacy, general camaraderie and (non)caffeinated beverage of your choice are all on Read More >>

    advocacy, rectal microbicide, UK, UK African Microbicides Working Group
  10. UK Campaign for Microbicides Springs into Action!

    The UK Campaign for Microbicides has recently sent a letter to the UK Department for International Development (DfID). The letter does an excellent job at balancing praise for the government’s recent announcement, expressing concern on certain aspects of this announcement, and offering to become involved in the process. Namely, the UK Campaign has expressed: * Support for Read More >>

    advocacy, DfID, funding, men, rectal microbicide, research, UK, vaginal microbicide, women