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'Culture of Health' Requires Focus on Young Men of Color, Study Finds

(Philanthropynewsdigest.org)
Expanding opportunities and eliminating barriers to health and success for young men of color is critical to fully realizing a national "culture of health" designed to address the barriers and disparities faced by young men of color  READ FULL STORY

Addressing PrEP Disparities among Young Gay & Bisexual Men in CA

(CA HIV/AIDS Research Program)

Young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (YMSM), particularly black and Latino YMSM, are at highest risk for HIV in California and across the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that if current rates persist, half of all black—and a quarter of all Latino—gay and bisexual men could be infected with HIV in their lifetimes. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective HIV prevention intervention that could drastically reduce the number of new HIV infections among YMSM. PrEP uses a well-established antiretroviral medication, Truvada, to block HIV infection in at-risk HIV-negative individuals. When taken as prescribed, Truvada is proven to be over 90 percent effective at preventing HIV.

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Why Are Black Men Falling Behind When it Comes To ART?


(hivplusmag.com) - The number of poz guys on antiretroviral therapy is increasing, just not for black men. READ FULL STORY  

USB Stick Can Test HIV Viral Load 


Scientists have developed a USB stick that can measure an HIV-positive person’s viral load. Using a drop of blood, the stick can be plugged into a computer, laptop or handheld electronic device to give results within half an hour.  READ FULL STORY

Routine PrEP Screenings Could Drop STI Rates Up To 40%

PrEP use has been linked with an increased risk of sexually transmitted infections, but one new study shows that regular screenings could reverse that equation. Presented at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, this study shows that PrEP, combined with regular STI screenings, actually reduces the transmission of both HIV and other STIs among gay and bisexual men by up to 40 percent. READ FULL STORY
HIV Meds Likely Drive Falling HIV Rate

After two decades of stagnation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) estimate of the annual number of new HIV infections in the United States fell 18% between 2008 and 2014, from 45,700 to 37,600 per year. READ FULL STORY

HIV Risk Factors in People With Hep C 


Looking to understand what factors can help predict whether someone with hepatitis C virus (HCV) will later contract HIV, researchers analyzed data from the British Columbia Hepatitis Testers Cohort. This database includes information about all of the Canadian province’s 1.5 million residents tested for HCV or HIV between 1990 and 2013. The investigators tracked those who tested positive for HCV antibodies (a subsequent test for HCV’s genetic materials detects a chronic infection) to see whether they later tested positive for HIV. READ FULL STORY

GetTested.com Allows Users To Test At Home For 13 Different STIs
Getting tested AT a clinic can be embarrassing and stressful, which is why OraQuick—the first at-home HIV test, which you can buy at your local pharmacy—is popular among certain groups. Now a new test, from GetTested.com, allows users to test at home for 13 different sexually transmitted infections. This new and improved test is also perfect for non-monogamous couples looking for a regular testing option without having to make repeated trips to a doctor’s office. READ FULL STORY
A New Vaginal Ring Aims To Be An Anti-HIV Drug & Contraceptive

(hivplusmag.com) - Trials have begun for a new ring will protect women from contracting HIV while also warding off unwanted pregnancy. READ FULL STORY
Switching from Atripla to Generic Treatments Saves Lots of Money

Switching from branded Atripla to regimens that include at least one generic drug treatment is a  big cost saver without compromising efficacy, according to research. READ FULL STORY
Over 70% of Adults Think Hetero Anal Sex Has Low HIV and STD Risk READ FULL STORY
Meningitis raises concern of new epidemic for gay and bisexual men. READ FULL STORY

How well do condoms protect gay men from HIV?  READ FULL STORY

Evidence that “on-demand” PrEP taken before and after sex can prevent HIV  READ FULL STORY

One out of three young, black gay and bi men are unaware of their status READ FULL STORY

PrEP Still Proves One of Best Tools In Stopping and Preventing HIV Transmission READ FULL STORY

Scientists have removed HIV from human immune cells using gene-editing technique READ FULL STORY

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