by Mike PetersIRMA intern Another Christmas season has come and gone and like most Americans, the season ended for me with a gym membership (that I will admittedly abandon before the end of January) and reflection on the often-awkward gathering of family members that Christmas-time usually drops at our feet. Christmas-time was a busy season for us Read More >>
Anal Sex at Christmas Eve Dinner
U.S. Policy Addresses HIV Epidemic in the LGBT Community
via HuffPost, by Charles Stephens We finally are starting to scratch the surface of the depth of the HIV crisis among young black men who have sex with men (MSM). Late last summer the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the most recent HIV incidence numbers, indicating that young, black MSM were the only population Read More >>
Digital Technologies Changing the face of HIV Prevention
via Advocate.com, by By Gurmit Singh & Christopher S. Walsh Why are we so fixated on finding a medical solution when, as social networks revolutionize sex in our community, gay men are successfully using new technology to combat HIV? More and more gay men are hooking up online. The explosion of “Gaydar culture” through Xtube, Manhunt, Adam4Adam, Read More >>
Sudan: New Magazine Causes Hope Amongst Gays
via GayStar News, by Dan Littauer A new online lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender magazine in Sudan, north Africa, is a first for the country where homosexuality is still punished by death and an opportunity for gay people to start discussing their lives and hopes for the future. Rainbow Sudan published articles discussing topics including being gay Read More >>
Project ARM – Africa for Rectal Microbicides – Strategy Meeting a Success!
Originally published by IRMA colleagues at Mapping Pathways here. “It was an amazing group, and one that moved me to near tears on a number of occasions”IRMA chairman Jim Pickett just returned from an inspiring week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he led a strategy meeting for the IRMA’s Project ARM – Africa for Rectal Microbicides – and then attended Read More >>
Don’t Delay HIV Prevention for Gay and Bi Men
via The Huffington Post, by David Ernesto Munar Lives will be saved when the Food and Drug Administration puts its stamp of approval on a groundbreaking preventative approach called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, recently found to reduce HIV infections. With PrEP, people who are not infected with HIV take a daily pill, usually used to treat the Read More >>
Meet Gary Wolnitzek: The Last (But Not Least) of Our New Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocates!
“First and foremost, as a gay man, and one who works at an organization focused on the LGBT community, it is extremely important to me that we develop ways that gay and bisexual men can protect themselves from HIV (and other STIs). Secondly, as an HIV advocate I feel it is important to create a robust and Read More >>
Meet Michael Ighodaro: Our New Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate!
“I believe there should be other HIV prevention options for gay men all around the world and especially Africa and Nigeria where same sex is taboo, which has made it very difficult for most gay men and MSM to access HIV prevention services.” Michael Ighodaro is an IRMA advocate from Abuja, Nigeria. He is a social worker Read More >>
Methamphetamine use drives HIV infections among gay Thais
via BMJ group, by Bob Roehr One in 10 gay and bisexual men aged 18 to 21 became infected with HIV during their first year of enrollment in a cohort study in Bangkok. The rate of new infections slows down a bit after that, in part because those most likely to become infected already are. Fully 1 Read More >>
AIDS Health Foundation (AHF) Questions Truvada’s Use as PrEP
via Business Wire News Releases, by AIDS Healthcare Foundation AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) unveiled a new print ad today that lays out data on the use of Gilead’s blockbuster HIV treatment drug Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or HIV prevention pill raising questions about the wisdom of pursuing approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration Read More >>