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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.
Very high incidence of high-grade pre-cancerous anal lesions among young HIV-positive Thai gay men

Very high incidence of high-grade pre-cancerous anal lesions among young HIV-positive Thai gay men

2013-04-03
Extremely concerned by their findings, investigators recommend that healthcare providers, policy makers and communities of gay men need to make plans for screening and treating pre-cancerous anal lesions.
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.
Gay men having unprotected sex think that having HIV is still a big deal, but that it’s now harder to transmit

Gay men having unprotected sex think that having HIV is still a big deal, but that it’s now harder to transmit

2011-12-22
According to a study of Australian gay men, HIV optimism remains a useful indicator of one's likelihood to take risks during sex and one's beliefs about HIV transmission risk in particular may reflect willingness to pursue pleasure over risk, or, alternatively, morbid fear of any risk.
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.
Russian NGOs launch gay-targeted HIV prevention video ads

Russian NGOs launch gay-targeted HIV prevention video ads

2011-02-08
Launched on 30 January, the 'Trust the condom' campaign is aimed squarely at HIV and STI prevention among gay men and MSM (men having sex with men).

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