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Prep: The battle to access ‘game-changing’ HIV drug

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prep reduces the risk of HIV-negative people acquiring the infection A “game-changing” drug in the fight against HIV reduces the risk of acquiring the condition. But those at high risk of contracting the virus have struggled to get hold of the medication, despite the NHS trialling it across England. Ron, who is from London and in his 20s, asked about pre-exposure prophylaxis – known more commonly as Prep – at a sexual health clinic in autumn 2017, but was turned away partly because there…

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Chinese gay dating app halts registration after underage HIV report

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese gay dating app Blued is halting new user registration for a week, it said on Sunday, following media reports that underage users caught HIV after going on dates set up via the world’s largest networking app for the LGBT community. China has a vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender scene (LGBT) scene, though activists say conservative attitudes among some groups in society have prompted occasional government clampdowns. On Saturday, citing academic research, financial magazine Caixin said juveniles were heavily involved in the gay dating app, where…

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World Aids Day: Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP on HIV positive status

A Labour MP has revealed that he has been HIV positive for nearly 10 years, as the Commons debated World Aids Day. Lloyd Russell-Moyle said: “I wanted to be able to stand here in this place and say to those living with HIV that our status doesn’t define them. That we can be whoever we want to be.” And appealing for people to overcome their fear of getting tested, the Brighton Kemptown MP said: “It is better to live in knowledge than to die in fear.” Source link

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‘The first time I had sex I contracted HIV’

Image copyright Nathaniel Hall Image caption A teenage Nathaniel Hall at about the time of his HIV diagnosis The first time Nathaniel Hall had sex, he contracted HIV. He was 16 years old and had only recently come out as gay. Fear, shame and self-loathing caused him to keep his diagnosis a secret from his family for the next 14 years. He “came out” for the second time in his life last year and took back control by writing a play about his experience. Nathaniel, a 32-year-old theatre practitioner and…

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‘I didn’t worry about getting HIV’

Image copyright Max Max is HIV positive, Alex is HIV negative. They began dating two years ago, just after Max learned about his status. They took part in a landmark health study that proved someone with HIV but on effective treatment could not transmit the virus through sex. They couple have shared their story with BBC Radio 5 live in the hope it will inspire more people to get tested. Max’s story Image copyright Max I was 24 when I found out I was HIV positive. It was definitely a…

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My cheating boyfriend gave me HIV – here’s how I got justice

Image copyright Diane Reeve Diane Reeve didn’t expect to find love again after her 18-year-long marriage fell apart. But in 2002, at the age of 50, she did. It turned out, though, that her new partner, Philippe Padieu, was sleeping around – and had given her HIV. I’d kind of given up on love, but then a couple of people convinced me I was too young to do that and said I should get back out on the market – they suggested online dating. It was pretty brutal and I…

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Gay, Muslim and living with HIV

Shamal Waraich, 34, was born in Manchester and grew up in a religious British-Pakistani household. He was diagnosed with HIV in 2013, and now educates people about what it’s like to be gay, Muslim and living with HIV. “To this day, I have never come across someone like me and it’s incredibly lonely,” says Shamal Waraich. “Now I have got to the point in my life where I’m proud to say who I am: I’m British-Pakistani, Muslim, gay and living with HIV. I just want to say to someone, ‘You…

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HIV tests for sale on High Street for first time

Image copyright PA HIV self-testing kits are now available to buy on the High Street for the first time, a retailer has announced. Superdrug said it is now selling the BioSURE test, which provides a result in 15 minutes, in all of its 200 pharmacy stores in the UK for £33.95. It had previously been available to buy online after becoming the first legally approved self-testing kit in 2015. An HIV charity welcomed the announcement but added that many people would be unable to afford the test. However, free testing…

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News Daily: Trump invites Putin to US and HIV ‘complacency’ warning

Hello. Here’s your morning briefing: Second date in the offing Image copyright Reuters Donald Trump wants Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the US this autumn. The two men met at the beginning of this week in Finland, and despite some significant fall-out, planning is under way for a second get-together. Moscow hasn’t reacted publicly yet to the invitation. “OK… that’s going to be special,” laughed US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats when told about it. Why that reaction? Well, the US intelligence services were at the centre of…

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HIV vaccine shows promise in human trial

Image copyright Getty Images An HIV vaccine that has the potential to protect people around the world from the virus has shown promising results. The treatment, which aims to provide immunity against various strains of the virus, produced an anti-HIV immune system response in tests on 393 people, a study in the Lancet found. It also protected some monkeys from a virus that is similar to HIV. More testing is now needed to determine if the immune response produced can prevent HIV infection in people. About 37 million people worldwide…

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