Category Archives: testing

  1. AIDS 2012: Meet Rig

    via BETA, by San Fransisco AIDS Foundation Rig Rush of the Black AIDS Institute is the “mobilization coordinator of everything gay black male,” an advocate of better and earlier sex education for youth—and a volunteer in a rectal microbicide trial. Throughout the MTN-007 study, which looked at the safety and acceptability of a gel containing the HIV Read More >>

    AIDS 2012, gay black men, HIV, hiv prevention, IRMA, Meet a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate, MTN 007, rectal microbicide, Tenofovir, testing
  2. South Africa: Aids Response Must Be Guided By Human Rights and Justice

    via allAfrica, by Festus Mogae and Stephen Lewis In South Africa and across Africa, HIV continues to prey on women, sex workers and men who have sex with men. It is clear that to end the HIV epidemic, we must protect and support these groups. Archaic laws and customs make women and girls more vulnerable to HIV. Read More >>

    Africa, HIV, hiv prevention, HIV/AIDS, law, MSM, sex work, South Africa, sub-saharan Africa, testing, Treatment, women
  3. HIV home tests – how will they be used?

    [This article was inspired by the lively discussion and debate on IRMA’s highly active moderated listserv for its members. Interested in signing up? Send IRMA a note at] Attempts to overly mediate how I receive information about my body amount to little more than a paternalistic view of what I can handle. via aidsmap, by Roger Read More >>

    hiv prevention, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, IRMA, OraQuick, testing
  4. 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
  5. FDA Delays Approval of HIV Prevention Drug by Three Months

    via, by Anna Edney Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD), the world’s largest maker of AIDS drugs, said U.S. regulators delayed by three months a decision on whether the company can expand use of its HIV treatment Truvada as a therapy to prevent the virus. The Food and Drug Administration moved the target date to Sept. 14 so Read More >>

    FDA, Gilead, hiv prevention, HIV/AIDS, new prevention technologies, testing, Truvada
  6. An Analysis of PrEP Data and Decisions Taken in 2011

    via Treatment Issues, by Deirdre Grant More than a decade ago, “AIDS Drugs for Africa” was one of the rallying cries for a global activist movement.The meaning was simple: treat HIV-positive people with potent, life-saving medications regardless of where they live, how much money they have or who they love. These days, the phrase has more meanings Read More >>

    ARV, clinical trials, Microbicides, Partners PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis, PrEP, testing
  7. Will high risk MSM use over the counter HIV tests?

    via Journal of Sex Research, by Alex Carballo-Diégueza, Timothy Frascaa, Curtis Dolezala & Ivan Balana Abstract The Food and Drug Administration may license OraQuick™, a rapid HIV test, for over-the-counter (OTC) sale. This study investigated whether HIV-uninfected, non-monogamous, gay and bisexual men who never or rarely use condoms would use the test with partners as a harm-reduction approach. Read More >>

    Bisexual, Gay, MSM, risk, testing
  8. Gay couples in Atlanta back HIV tests together

    via Project Q Atlanta, by Matt Hennie Some gay male couples, including ones in Atlanta and two other cities, support getting HIV tests with their partner as a way to bolster the relationship, but current testing protocols may not support it, according to a new study from Emory University researchers. The study, “Attitudes Towards Couples-Based HIV Testing Read More >>

    couples, gay men, MSM, prevention, testing, United States
  9. Treatment as Prevention – The Tough Road Ahead

    Via PlusNews. The sixth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention started optimistically as the hype surrounding the use of antiretroviral treatment to prevent HIV infection gained momentum. But the focus of much discussion in Rome from 17-20 July will undoubtedly be on how to transform the recent promising research findings into workable policy. The Read More >>

    HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, HPTN052, IAS, IAS 2011, testing, Treatment as Prevention, WHO
  10. WHO Urges India to Address Medical Needs of Gay Men, Transgenders

    Via The Hindu. India must make an “extra effort” in addressing the medical needs of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people affected by HIV and sexually-transmitted infections, a top WHO official said on Tuesday. “Though India has addressed the HIV problem among MSM and transgender people, it has to make an extra effort Read More >>

    healthcare, HIV, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, India, MSM, testing, transgendered, WHO