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Newsfeed : CDC to Stop Using 'Unprotected Sex' for 'Sex Without Condoms'

Newsfeed : CDC to Stop Using 'Unprotected Sex' for 'Sex Without Condoms' | HIV today | Scoop.it
The decision is in response to an open letter from a coalition of advocates.
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CDC takes a step forward! The "safe" (condom) vs "unsafe" binary used in much #HIV prevention messaging detracts from real conversations about the continuum of risk.
Can we discuss that everything beyond solo masturbation has some non-zero risk? Or that there are multiple methods to prevent HIV? Or that some STIs can be transmitted even with condoms?

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Iowa Supreme Court will review HIV criminalization case

Iowa Supreme Court will review HIV criminalization case | HIV today | Scoop.it
An Iowa man who pleaded guilty in 2009 to criminal transmission of HIV will have his case heard before the Iowa Supreme Court.
Nick Rhoades, 39, was arrested after he had sex with a ...
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Man uses HIV/AIDS as a weapon in attack

Man uses HIV/AIDS as a weapon in attack | HIV today | Scoop.it
19 Action News Reporter Ed Gallek finds out the details of a strange attack. The weapon of choice in the incident was the AIDS virus
Rob Kinsey's insight:

This stigma-laden article from 19 Action News shows how NOT to report on HIV! There is not enough of a transmission risk to justify such incendiary reporting (referring to HIV as "a weapon"). HIV is not "the AIDS virus," it is "a chronic viral infection which, left untreated, can progress to AIDS." We need to make sure that media outlets like 19 Action News know that reporting like this simply furthers the stigma around HIV and hampers real discussion on the topics that actually matter for HIV prevention and treatment.

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Jared Leto and Michael Douglas’s homophobic Golden Globes speeches show the worst of Hollywood

Jared Leto and Michael Douglas’s homophobic Golden Globes speeches show the worst of Hollywood | HIV today | Scoop.it
The "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Behind the Candelabra" stars get awkward laughs at gay folks' expense
Rob Kinsey's insight:

Jokes about body waxing and "mincing." ::sigh:: Welcome back to the nineties everyone!

No mention of the interim progress around HIV/AIDS and LGBTQQIA issues. No mention of how the struggles of the characters they played are different from the struggles of today.

Just a reiteration of decades-old themes of marginalizing those who are different than you. This sort of speech offers tacit approval for "hating the gays." 

Shaking my head at Michael Douglas and Jared Leto for being so out-of-tune with the characters who brought them such professional success.

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A Resisted Pill to Prevent HIV

A Resisted Pill to Prevent HIV | HIV today | Scoop.it

Truvada’s use to prevent HIV has been approved by the FDA and hailed by experts. But the pill has been slow to catch on among healthy gay men.

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“It’s gotten tons of attention at HIV meetings as a new tool for prevention, and I consider it an important option for the right person,” said Dr. Lisa Capaldini, a primary care doctor here who treats many gay men. “And yet there’s been very little interest among my patients. There’s a fascinating disconnect.” 

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There's a Wonder Drug That Prevents HIV Infection. Why Haven't You Heard of It?

There's a Wonder Drug That Prevents HIV Infection. Why Haven't You Heard of It? | HIV today | Scoop.it
Two weeks ago, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its Mortality and
Rob Kinsey's insight:

"But as the face of HIV and the AIDS epidemic changes, our responses to these statistics need to change as well, demonstrating the nuance and complexity necessary to reflect the current landscape. The conclusions above read much like they would have two decades ago: HIV infections are certain to rise. Young gay men don't get it, or don't care. Monogamy is the solution. People need to be scared into using condoms again."

 "And yet, not a single one of those articles mentions another aspect of the CDC report: PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, arguably the biggest breakthrough in HIV prevention medication to come out in the last two years."

"But the lack of reporting about PrEP may stem from something else altogether: a lingering controversy about its use within the gay community itself, and how PrEP has contributed to a growing generational divide between old-guard condom true-believers, many of whom survived the epidemic of the '80s and '90s, and a new generation of HIV activists for whom condom use is seen as just one tool in a growing arsenal of prevention methods."

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The Sound and Fury of the PrEP Debate (and the Facts to Win It) | My Fabulous Disease

The Sound and Fury of the PrEP Debate (and the Facts to Win It) | My Fabulous Disease | HIV today | Scoop.it
Mark S. King
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Public responses to PrEP give Mark King a sense of déjà vu. These are the same arguments that were raised 54 years ago when the [hormonal birth control] pill was approved for use:

“We don’t know the side effects of this drug. It’s too expensive. Insurance won’t cover it. It hasn’t been studied enough. It will encourage slutty behavior. And why the hell don’t people just use condoms?” 

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Hiding one’s HIV status might be wrong, but it shouldn’t be a crime

Hiding one’s HIV status might be wrong, but it shouldn’t be a crime | HIV today | Scoop.it
Here in Pennsylvania, even if you use a condom, even if you are on antiretroviral therapy—which, for the record, when used together with condoms, reduces the risk of HIV transmission close to zero—and even if you do not transmit HIV to anyone, you...
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Discovering where HIV persists in spite of treatment

Discovering where HIV persists in spite of treatment | HIV today | Scoop.it
HIV antiviral therapy lets infected people live relatively healthy lives for many years, but the virus doesn’t go away completely. If treatment stops, the virus multiplies again from hidden reservoirs in the body.
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Memory T-cells may be the location of HIV's "viral reservoir."

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150 Organizations Hate Current HIV Criminalization

150 Organizations Hate Current HIV Criminalization | HIV today | Scoop.it
Advocates and activists both big and small from all over the US have agreed and endorsed the Positive Justice Project's Statement calling for an end to HIV criminalization in the United States-- and that's an amazing thing.
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Dr. Robert Gallo on HIV, Polio, Influenza and why he started the Global Virus Network: "Humans have a memory span of 30 years, and I can prove it"

Dr. Robert Gallo on HIV, Polio, Influenza and why he started the Global Virus Network: "Humans have a memory span of 30 years, and I can prove it" | HIV today | Scoop.it
Listening to Robert Gallo talk about viruses is a little like listening to your grandfather talk about how things have changed since he was a boy. He rambles, ruminates, digresses, is in no hurry, ...
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A Look Inside the HIV Prevention Toolbox

A Look Inside the HIV Prevention Toolbox | HIV today | Scoop.it
Using a condom correctly every time you have sex, is a widely used and successful prevention method. But it’s not the only one.


By Todd Heywood






HIV prevention has become a twisted mire of ideas and science.
Rob Kinsey's insight:
Want to avoid pregnancy? You have many options with varying levels of effectiveness/risk. Abstinence, male condom, female condom, diaphragms, pill, ring, shot, IUD, spermicides, pulling out, rhythm method, etc. Want to avoid HIV transmission? You also multiple options with varying levels of effectiveness/risk. Abstinence, male condom (current condoms are not FDA-approved for anal sex), female condom (also not FDA-approved for anal sex), PrEP (FDA-approved), PEP (FDA-approved), treatment as prevention, serosorting, etc. An anal condom is in development, but I haven’t heard a timeline for availability. In both situations, it's up to the parties involved (and maybe a doctor) to discuss the effectiveness/risk involved and decide together what they agree to. Instead of trying to limit the prevention options available, let's help people understand risk, make informed decisions, and intervene when they're uncomfortable. Let's empower receptive partners to protect themselves. A female condom can be inserted (vaginally or anally) before sex is initiated. This sends a stronger message than a condom on the nightstand and doesn't require taking a "responsibility break" just when things are starting to get good. PrEP goes a step further and allows one partner to reduce risk without the knowledge/involvement of the other partner. Given that the majority of new HIV infections happen between primary partners, PrEP could be a tool for people who suspect their partner may be cheating, but aren't ready to make the accusation by restarting condom use in an ostensibly monogamous relationship. PrEP could also lessen the paranoia of serodiscordant relationships (one poz, one neg). Isn’t it better for someone to take a risk reduction step you disagree with than for them to take no risk reduction step at all?
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