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Articles by 'Gus Cairns, Aidsmap.com'

Who will PrEP be for?

Who will PrEP be for?

2013-11-19
PrEP must fit into people's lifestyles, and their cultural and moral beliefs, warn researchers.
Revisiting the safety spectrum: how gay men fall into different 'risk classes' for HIV

Revisiting the safety spectrum: how gay men fall into different 'risk classes' for HIV

2013-10-08
Gay men fall into different groups that are at radically different risk for acquiring HIV, Canadian research presented at the 11th International AIDS Impact Conference last week has found.
Blackmail, violence and stigma restrict access to sexual health services for gay men, Global Health and Rights Study reports

Blackmail, violence and stigma restrict access to sexual health services for gay men, Global Health and Rights Study reports

2013-05-06
Reports reveal that MSM globally are faced with high levels of homophobia, stigma and discrimination, which are significantly associated with difficulties in accessing condoms and lubricant, HIV and STI testing, and HIV treatment.
PrEP wars: debating pre-exposure prophylaxis in the gay community

PrEP wars: debating pre-exposure prophylaxis in the gay community

2013-03-20
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was approved in the US in July 2012, following trials showing its efficacy in preventing sexual transmission of HIV. But, as Gus Cairns finds out, it remains a controversial addition to the HIV prevention options available to gay men in the US.
Circumcision makes no difference to HIV infection in UK gay men

Circumcision makes no difference to HIV infection in UK gay men

2013-02-18
An analysis of an online and gay-venue survey of white, British-born, gay and bisexual men in the UK has found no association between whether they were circumcised and whether they had HIV, even among men who were mainly or exclusively ‘tops’ (who take the insertive role in anal intercourse).
The gay globe

The gay globe

2012-10-31
In the last two years, three internet surveys in Europe, the USA and Asia asked over 200,000 gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) about sex, safety and stigma. Gus Cairns looks at some of the data, and finds a mix of the expected and unexpected and some challenging findings for HIV prevention.
Most young Thai MSM define as heterosexual, even if they mainly have sex with men

Most young Thai MSM define as heterosexual, even if they mainly have sex with men

2012-08-17
A large, randomised sample of 21-year-old Thai men has found that by far the largest risk factor for HIV infection is gay identity. Scientists found that compared with exclusive 'tops', 'versatile' gay men were 6.8 times more likely to have HIV and exclusive 'bottoms' 8.6 times more likely.
Everything okay down there? Screening for anal cancer

Everything okay down there? Screening for anal cancer

2011-10-04
Anal cancer is around 50 times more common in gay men with HIV than it is in the general population. Should we be demanding screening and vaccinations? Gus Cairns investigates.
Study finds most water-based lubricants damage rectal cells and some increase HIV activity

Study finds most water-based lubricants damage rectal cells and some increase HIV activity

2011-04-11
Researchers found that the use of some rectal lubricant products might increase susceptibility to rectal STIs and make users more vulnerable to HIV. Four (out of six) Astroglide lubricants which appear to increase viral replication were the only ones containing a compound called polyquaternium-15 which, when tested, was found to be the cause.
Rectal lubricants may enhance the risk of STIs

Rectal lubricants may enhance the risk of STIs

2010-06-09
A survey of lubricant use amongst a group of gay men and women found that those who used lubricants for anal sex were three times more likely to acquire gonorrhoea, chlamydia or syphilis than those who used none.

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