“I’m never having sex with anybody ever again”: what helps PLHIV get over these feelings

nam/aidsmap, 27 January 2020

For people living with HIV, sexual adjustment after diagnosis is affected by fears of transmitting the virus and of possible rejection by sexual partners, new qualitative research shows. Healthy sexual adjustment over time is facilitated by partner acceptance; peer, community and professional support; and up-to-date knowledge of HIV transmission, including U=U.

Barriers to healthy sexual adjustment include the persistence of undue fears of transmission and rejection long after diagnosis, which may result in avoiding sex or pairing it with drugs and alcohol. Based on these findings, Dr Ben Huntingdon and colleagues at the University of Sydney propose a new model of sexual adjustment to HIV, published in the BMC Infectious Diseases journal.

Thirty participants (19 male, 11 female) out of 45 PLWH who agreed to be contacted completed the interview and questionnaire as part of the study.

London data shows that hepatitis C is passed on during [sexual activity]

aidsmap/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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Long term decline in consistent condom use among Australian gay men

nam/adismap, 15 November 2016

Data from the last ten years of the Australian Gay Community Periodic Surveys shows a steady decline in consistent condom use, with more gay men attempting to minimise their risk by serosorting or by having an undetectable viral load.

While HIV-positive men appear to be increasingly confident in their low risk of HIV transmission, it is not clear that HIV-negative men have fully embraced the impact of antiretrovirals on HIV prevention.

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Final Seronconversion Report findings released

AFAO, April 2016

Results from the 2007-2015 Seroconversion Study Report were presented at the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) National Gay Men’s HIV Health Promotion Conference in Manly, on Wednesday 20 April

Data from the latest and final report indicates that gay and bisexual men change their behaviour substantially following an HIV diagnosis, generally in ways that greatly reduce the possibility of onward transmission.

Behaviour changes include partner reduction, partner selection (serosorting), disclosure of HIV status, and reduced likelihood of condomless sex. Contact with peers seems to support these kinds of changes

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Viagra used by twice as many gay men as ecstasy

Star Observer, September 18, 2014

ECSTASY use by gay men in Australia has plummeted by more than two thirds over the last decade, eclipsed by erectile dysfunction medications (EDMs) such as Viagra and Cialis…

Key findings in the Queensland Gay Periodic Health Survey

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.

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