Category Archives: Australia

  1. Report from the Front Lines

    This week IRMA’s own, Jim Pickett, spoke about the National HIV/AIDS strategy, gay men and, of course, microbicides on Late Night Live, an Aussie radio program with Phillip Adams. He was joined by Alan Whiteside, the Director of Health Economics and HIV Research Division at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa and Bill Bowtell, Director Read More >>

    Australia, gay men, IRMA, National AIDS Strategy
  2. Jim Pickett speaks at the Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2010

    Today AFC Advocacy Director Jim Pickett gave a plenary presentation at the Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2010 in Sydney, Australia. His talk, “Yes, There is a Gay Agenda: The need to re-conceptualize HIV prevention in the epidemic’s third decade” was part of the session titled “Re-Thinking Prevention.” Pickett discussed HIV prevention in the United States context and provided Read More >>

    Australia, International AIDS Conference, prevention
  3. Gen Y women facing pressure to have sex

    via Sydney Morning Herald, by Mary-Anne Toy Excerpt: Melbourne psychologist and sex therapist Sarah Calleja says the bombardment of sexual imagery and concepts through music videos and other media was giving young girls the message that anal sex is common and oral sex is no longer even first base and was encouraging boys to be aggressive sexually. Read More >>

    anal sex, Australia, heterosexuality, sexual behavior
  4. Attitudes towards new HIV biomedical prevention technologies among HIV- gay men

    [This paper has important implications for IRMA. It is very interesting to note the researchers found that previous  knowledge of rectal microbicides was significantly associated with unwillingness to participate.] Abstract via HIV Medicine, December 2009 Attitudes towards new HIV biomedical prevention technologies among a cohort of HIV-negative gay men in Sydney, Australia IM Poynten 1 , F Jin Read More >>

    Australia, gay men, PrEP, rectal microbicide
  5. Funding for rectal microbicides has DECREASED in two years

    According to the latest report just released by the HIV Vaccines and Microbicides Resource Tracking Working Group, funding for rectal microbicides research has decreased significantly in the past 2 years. When IRMA last tracked resources dedicated to RM research in 2006, we estimated that US$7.2 million was spent globally. According to the report Adapting to Realities: Trends Read More >>

    amfAR, Australia, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, Europe, European Commission, funding, rectal microbicide, Rockefeller Foundation, UNFPA, United States, World Bank
  6. New research on anal HPV

    Sex Transm Infect. 2009 Apr 1. Anal human papillomavirus genotype diversity and co-infection in a community-based sample of homosexual men. Vajdic CM, van Leeuwen MT, Jin F, Prestage G, Medley G, Hillman RJ, Stevens MP, Botes LP, Zablotska I, Tabrizi SN, Grulich AE. University of New South Wales, Australia. OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence and risk factors Read More >>

    anal cancer, anal health, anal sex, Australia, HPV, research
  7. Should Gay Men Be Circumcised?

    From… Findings reported at the Australasian Sexual Health Conference shed new light on male circumcision’s role in preventing HIV infection.“We have shown for the first time that [men who have sex with men] who predominantly take on the insertive role in sex are less likely to contract HIV if they’ve been circumcised,” said David Templeton from Read More >>

    anal sex, Australia, circumcision, condoms, gay men, HIV transmission, research
  8. HIV Advocacy from the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Strengthening Local Responses.

    As the culmination of phase one of APCASO’s Community Advocacy Initiative, APCASO is pleased to launch its latest publication: HIV Advocacy from the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Strengthening Local Responses. A must-click for all advocates!

    advocacy, Asia, Asia Pacific, Australia, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy