/nam, 10 April 2017
Around one in five HIV-positive gay men who recently acquired hepatitis C report anal sex without a condom as the only behaviour that could explain their infection. At the same time, a third of people acquiring hepatitis C were gay men who did not have HIV, clinicians from the Mortimer Market Centre in London told the British HIV Association conference in Liverpool last week.
The data suggest that prevention messages around sexually transmitted hepatitis C need to change.
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Posted in Gay Lesbian & Bisexual Health, Hepatitis, HIV, Safer sex |
Tagged alcohol and other drug use, blood-borne viruses (BBVs), chemsex, condomless sex, condoms, gay men, HCV, hepatitis, hepatitis C, HIV, injecting, mucosal barrier, multiple risk factors, PLHIV, population health, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), prevention, rectum, research, semen, serosorting, sexual transmission, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), transmission, UAIC, UK
Sigma Research, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, May 2016
The 2014 Gay Men’s Sex Survey was released this week. 15,360 men who have sex with men, living in England and aged 16 to 90 years, completed the online survey.
The proportion of men not happy with their sex lives was 41%.
The over 65s were most likely to be happy with their sex life.
Overall, 9% were living with diagnosed HIV infection and the annual incidence of new HIV diagnoses was 1.1%.
Among men with diagnosed HIV, 81% were on anti-HIV treatment,
and 92% of those indicated their last viral load test result was undetectable.
The most common risk reduction tactics among men with diagnosed HIV
were using lubricant for anal sex (73%), monitoring viral load (72%) and regular STI screenings (69%).
Among men without diagnosed HIV they were using lubricant for anal sex (77%), avoiding sex with men they thought had HIV (63%) and declining some sex partners (56%).
61% of men indicated they had anal sex without a condom in the last 12 months; 14% had anal sex without condoms with both steady and non-steady partners in the last 12 months.
7% had ever taken PEP, while 37% had never heard of PEP.
42% of men with diagnosed HIV felt that alcohol or drugs had contributed to their acquiring HIV.
20% had wanted a condom but not had access to one in the last 12 months and 14% had had condomless anal sex just because they did not have a condom.
Collective annual STI screening reached 52% of men (9% with symptoms, 43% without symptoms); and collective annual HIV testing reached 55%.
In counselling for men diagnosed with HIV, 29% were dissatisfied with the service they received.
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Tagged alcohol and other drug use, anal sex, antiretroviral treatment, bisexual men, condomless sex, condoms, counselling, diagnosis, gay men, HIV, knowledge, lubricant, men who have sex with men (MSM), older men, partners of PLHIV, PLHIV, Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), prevention, recreational drug use, report, risk reduction, screening, sexual satisfaction, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), surveys, testing, Treatment as Prevention (TasP), UAIC, UK, undetectable viral load (UVL), viral load
nam/aidsmap, 19 April 2016
There is a very high incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) re-infection among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) in western Europe, according to research presented to the International Liver Congress in Barcelona.
Investigators found that a quarter of HIV-positive MSM who cleared an initial HCV infection were re-infected with HCV within three years. The researchers believe that current prevention strategies are failing and call for the intensive monitoring of people who have apparently cleared an HCV infection.
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Posted in Gay Lesbian & Bisexual Health, Hepatitis, HIV, People Who Inject Drugs / AOD, Sexuality, sex & gender diversity - issues |
Tagged anal sex, bisexual men, coinfection, condomless sex, cure, Europe, fisting, gay men, HCV, hepatitis, hepatitis C, high risk, HIV, injecting, liver, men who have sex with men (MSM), monitoring, PCR, People Who Inject Drugs (PWID), PLHIV, population health, prevention, reinfection, research, screening, sexual transmission, spontaneous clearance, testing, UAIC
Gay and bisexual men are at increased risk of acquiring the [HIV] if they have mental health problems, according to a new study.
Posted in Gay Lesbian & Bisexual Health, HIV, Mental health & sexual health |
Tagged alcohol and other drug use, behaviour, bisexual men, comorbidity, gay men, high risk, HIV, men who have sex with men (MSM), mental health, mental illness, research, sexual violence, substance use, syndemic, transmission, UAIC, unprotected sex, USA
Recent reports of a “dramatic spike” in HIV notifications in Queensland have prompted experts to urge caution about misinterpreting results and jumping to conclusions.
Posted in HIV |
Tagged epidemiology, Gay Community Periodic Survey, gay men, health promotion, high risk, HIV, men who have sex with men (MSM), notifiable conditions, Queensland, rapid testing, risk, safer sex, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), statistics, surveillance, targeted interventions, testing, UAIC
Substantial shifts in condom usage rates among men who have sex with men (MSM), the growing popularity of mobile applications and a lacklustre result in men reporting ever being tested for HIV are some of the key results.
Posted in Gay Lesbian & Bisexual Health |
Tagged Australia, condoms, Gay Community Periodic Survey, gay men, HIV, men who have sex with men (MSM), mobile app technology, Queensland, recreational drug use, risk reduction, safer sex, serosorting, surveillance, testing, treatment, UAIC