Category Archives: United States

  1. MSM living in hostile social environments more likely to have negative feelings about sexuality, less likely to test for HIV

    via aidsmap, by Roger Pebody The largest ever international study of the sexual health of men who have sex with men (MSM), which recruited men from across the European continent, has found clear links between the social environment men live in and their own internal acceptance of their sexuality. Furthermore, men with ‘internalised homonegativity’ were much less Read More >>

    Europe, gay men, homophobia, homosexuality, MSM, risk, sexual behavior, United States
  2. First combination ARV vaginal ring for HIV prevention being tested in Phase I safety trial

    via EurekAlert In the first clinical trial of a vaginal ring combining two antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, researchers from the Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) are collaborating with the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) to evaluate whether the ring is safe for use in women. If the ring does prove to be safe, it could be considered for further Read More >>

    ARVs, Microbicide Trials Network, Microbicides, United States, vaginal microbicide
  3. Key Issues Overlooked in Hillary Clinton’s “AIDS Free Generation” Speech

    via AIDS Foundation of Chicago, by Gregory Trotter The “big news” of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks today at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Md., might be that she appointed Ellen DeGeneres to be the Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness. We’ll get to that in a minute. What’s perhaps even more interesting, though, Read More >>

    IRMA, Microbicides, PEPFAR, PrEP, rectal microbicide, United States
  4. Rectal! Rectal! Read all About It!

    via AIDS Foundation of Chicago, by Gregory Trotter The word elicits a certain reaction from people. “People say the word ‘rectal’ and they — ,” said Jim Pickett, going into a simulated full body shudder of disgust. Pickett, chair of the International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (affectionately dubbed IRMA), would know. He’s an outspoken advocate for more research Read More >>

    IRMA, new prevention technologies, PrEP, rectal microbicide, United States, vaginal microbicide
  5. Has anal sex gone out of vogue? What does this mean for HIV prevention?

    via the HIV MSM blog So the Advocate recently reported the findings of a large-scale survey on sexual behaviors.  Apparently, only 37.2% of over 24,000 gay and bisexually identified men indicated that their last sexual encounter consisted of anal sex.   The most practiced activities were kissing (almost 75%) and mutual masturbation (73%). The survey, entitled  ‘The Gay Read More >>

    anal sex, behavioral research, gay men, male sexuality, oral sex, sexual behavior, United States
  6. 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 >>

    AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Bisexual, FDA, gay men, lgbt community, PrEP, transgendered, Treatment as Prevention, Truvada, United States
  7. Panel Endorses HPV Vaccine for Boys of 11

    via The New York Times, by Gardiner Harris Boys and young men should be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, or HPV, to protect against anal and throat cancers that can result from sexual activity, a federal advisory committee said Tuesday. The recommendation by the panel, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Read More >>

    CDC, HPV, United States, vaccine
  8. 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 >>

    Global Campaign for Microbicides, IRMA, lgbt community, Meet a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate, United States
  9. Meet Yaa Simpson: Another New Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate!

    “Stigma is only dispelled by shining a brighter light on it! We have to speak life and light with our words and actions. There is enough doom and gloom to impact everyone – and that is where stigma resides. But letting people know they have options, biomedical techniques for prevention, medications, possible vaccines, gathering more evidence, integrating Read More >>

    Chicago, clinical trials, IRMA, Jim Pickett, United States
  10. Chimp to Man to History Books: The Path of AIDS

    via The New York Times, by Donald G. McNeil, Jr. Our story begins sometime close to 1921, somewhere between the Sanaga River in Cameroon and the Congo River in the former Belgian Congo. It involves chimps and monkeys, hunters and butchers, “free women” and prostitutes, syringes and plasma-sellers, evil colonial lawmakers and decent colonial doctors with the Read More >>

    Africa, Cameroon, history, HIV transmission, United States