Category Archives: United States

  1. Race, Gender, & Sexuality in HIV Prevention Campaigns

    via The Society Pages, by Christie Barcelos Gay men and bisexual men still represent a disproportionate number of HIV cases in the United States (CDC). In addition, African-American and Latino men are significantly more likely than white men to be diagnosed with HIV and die from AIDS-related illnesses. Numerous HIV prevention campaigns are thus aimed at these Read More >>

    African American, gay men, gender, MSM, United States
  2. A Donor Deferred: The Lifetime Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men

    via The Huffington Post, by Robert Valadez “Save a life, give blood,” read the sticker on a colleague’s lapel. It sounds wonderful — where do I sign up? Unfortunately, I can’t donate blood because I’m gay. Many people are surprised to hear that gay men are prohibited from donating blood in most countries around the world, including Read More >>

    blood ban, FDA, gay men, Gay Men's Health Crisis, HIV transmission, MSM, United States
  3. Targeting the Invisible World Of Men Who Have Sex With Men

    via Outwords, by Peter Carlyle-Gordge Ask any outreach worker in the fight against HIV transmission and you’ll find one of the hardest at-risk groups to reach is MSM, or men who have sex with men. Men in this group don’t necessarily identify as gay. Some may be married to women and have families. Some may simply avoid Read More >>

    Africa, Asia, gay men, Middle East, MSM, United States
  4. Questions Surround PrEP Trials

    via The New York Times, by David Tuller In the past year, three landmark clinical trials have shown that a daily dose of the antiretroviral medication Truvada can protect individuals from infection with H.I.V. — a significant discovery, given the failure so far of all efforts to develop a vaccine against the virus. Now researchers in San Read More >>

    gay men, MSM, PrEP, Treatment as Prevention, United States
  5. Pro/Con: Two views of U.S. prohibiting gay men’s blood donation

    via The Los Angeles Times, by Jessica Pauline Ogilvie Last month, the United Kingdom lifted its long-standing ban on accepting blood donations from gay men. Instead, health officials there implemented a new policy that allows men to become blood donors as long as they haven’t had sex with another man in the previous year. With this decision, Read More >>

    blood ban, FDA, gay men, MSM, United States
  6. Addressing the HIV Epidemic among Gay and Bisexual Men

    via AIDS.gov, by Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D., FFPH, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC In 1981, our nation and its public health system were grappling with a new disease that was taking the lives of gay men across the United States. Thirty years later, HIV/AIDS continues to be a crisis among Read More >>

    Bisexual, CDC, gay men, MSM, United States
  7. Study: The feasability of incorporating self-collected rectal swabs to measure the prevalence of HPV infection in MSM

    via Journal of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association, by Gilbert, Mark MD*; Kwag, Michael BA*; Mei, Wendy BSc†; Rank, Claudia MPH*‡; Kropp, Rhonda MSc‡; Severini, Alberto MD‡; van Niekerk, Dirk MD§; Zhou, Chen MD§; Press, Natasha MD¶; Ogilvie, Gina MD*; Wong, Tom MD‡; the ManCount Study Team  Background: Inclusion of self-collected rectal swabs (SCRS) into existing Read More >>

    HPV, MSM, rectal transmission, sexual health, United States
  8. New Microbicide May Block Virus From Infecting Cells

    via The University of Utah U News Center University of Utah researchers have discovered a new class of compounds that stick to the sugary coating of the AIDS virus and inhibit it from infecting cells – an early step toward a new treatment to prevent sexual transmission of the virus. Development and laboratory testing of the potential Read More >>

    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, HIV, Microbicides, United States, vaginal microbicide
  9. San Francisco First U.S. City to Offer PrEP

    via Bay Area Reporter, by Matthew S. Bajko San Francisco is expected to become the first city in the country to offer gay men an anti-HIV pill that has proven successful in stopping transmission of the virus that causes AIDS. Officials with the National Institutes of Health and San Francisco public health officials are close to finalizing Read More >>

    gay men, HIV/AIDS policy, pre-exposure prophylaxis, PrEP, United States
  10. Sexual Pleasure is Key for Successful Microbicides

    via WeNews, by Amy Littlefield Participants in Kate Morrow’s [IRMA Steering Committee Member] recent study may not have felt like they were fighting the global HIV epidemic. In fact, what they were literally feeling were gels of various consistencies inside their vaginas. The women in Morrow’s Project LINK answered questions after handling the gels, inserting them vaginally, Read More >>

    behavioral research, empowerment, Kate Morrow, Microbicides, sexual behavior, sexual pleasure, United States, vaginal microbicide, women