Housing Works Launches Stunning, Edgy #PrEPHeroes Multimedia Campaign

Campaign Portrays Guys on PrEP as Heroes for Protecting Themselves and the Community Against HIV, Urges Others To Follow #PrEPHeroes Behind the Scenes Video By Adam Khan For an AMAZING Q & A with the models please visit www.PrEPHeroes.org ***Please don’t miss the call to action at the end and be a part of the campaign with your own #PrEPHeroes photo!!*** Housing Works Community Healthcare just launched a new multimedia campaign, drawing attention to the use of PrEP (Pre-­Exposure Prophylaxis) as… Read more

Health Education Learning Project (HELP) Launches #ImGladIknow Video Contest With $400 Prize!

The #ImGladIknow campaign is an HIV empowerment social media project. It is designed to band our community together and show pride in knowing the facts associated with HIV. Knowledge is power! And we should all be celebrated for taking control, knowing our status and learning about treatment options, transmission and prevention options. Make your own one minute video about a personal experience regarding HIV (you do not have to be HIV-positive) and submit it via YouTube at Helpfw.org and you have a chance to… Read more

New PrEP Study Shows 86% Effectiveness For Before/After Sex Dosing Schedule

For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men.

The results offer hope of a more appealing way to help prevent the disease beyond taking daily pills and using condoms, although those methods are still considered best.

The study, done in France and Canada, is the first to test “on demand” use of Truvada, a pill combining two AIDS drugs, by people planning to have risky sex. The uninfected men who took it were 86 percent less likely to get HIV compared to men given dummy pills.

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9 in 10 new U.S. HIV infections come from people not receiving HIV care

More than 90 percent of new HIV infections in the United States could be averted by diagnosing people living with HIV and ensuring they receive prompt, ongoing care and treatment. This finding was published today in JAMA Internal Medicine by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The analysis showed that 30 percent of new HIV infections were transmitted from people who did not know that they were infected with the virus, highlighting the importance of getting tested. People who had been diagnosed were less likely to transmit their infection, in part because people who know they have HIV are more likely to take steps to protect their partners from infection.

“Positive or negative, an HIV test opens the door to prevention. For someone who is positive, it can be the gateway to care and the signal to take steps to protect partners from infection. For someone who tests negative, it can be a direct link to important prevention services to help them stay HIV-free,” said Eugene McCray, MD, director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.

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Get Involved–Help Yourself By Helping Others

Get Involved: Help Yourself By Helping Others Original article HERE. by Andrew  Clark EDGE Contributor Jack Mackenroth has used the celebrity that came with being the first openly HIV-positive contestant on TV’s “Project Runway” to help HIV service organizations and co-found two HIV-awareness campaigns. He attributes his activism to the inspiration of those came before him. “I know that I am only alive because of members of ACT-UP and other activists so I have to pay it forward,” he told… Read more

HIV: Early Treatment is Key

  Durban, South Africa – People living with HIV in South Africa who start antiretroviral therapy before their immune systems are severely compromised have life expectancies close to that of the general population, researchers have found. Published this week in the journal PLOS Medicine, the research shows that the life expectancy is around 80 percent of that of the general population, provided those with HIV initiate treatment before their CD4 count (a measure of the strength of the immune system… Read more

NY Department of Health Expands Meningococcal Vaccination Recommendation

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is expanding a recommendation issued earlier this month by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) regarding meningococcal vaccinations for men who have sex with men (MSM). These meningococcal vaccine recommendations have been issued in response to an outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) in New York City.

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USPSTF Wants Routine HIV Screening

Routine HIV screening – a proposed recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force — is likely to remove important barriers that leave about 25% of HIV-positive people unaware they have the virus. In two separate Perspective articles, published online in the New England Journal of Medicine, experts argue that the proposed recommendation has the potential for some far-reaching consequences, including getting more people into care, improving their health, and slowing the rate of transmission of HIV. The task force is suggesting… Read more

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