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CROI 2016: High Levels of Chemsex and Slamsex Seen Among HIV+ Men at U.K. HIV Clinics

A survey of HIV-positive clients attending 30 HIV clinics in England and Wales, presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016)last month in Boston, has found that nearly a third (29%) of gay male patients reported engaging in "chemsex" (defined by the researchers as "the use of drugs to increase disinhibition and arousal") in the past year and that 1 in 10 reported "slamsex" (injecting or being injected with such drugs). Figures were higher for some subgroups: 37% of Londoners reported chemsex and nearly 1 in 5 (19%) of men on antiretroviral therapy (ART) reported slamsex.

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September 27 Is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

September 27 is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD), an annual opportunity to call attention to the disproportionate effect of the epidemic on gay and bisexual men. According to the CDC, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men account for nearly two-thirds of new HIV infections in the U.S., despite making up approximately 2% of the population, with young black gay and bi men being most heavily affected.

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Unprotected Sex Rising Among Gay and Bi Men, Knowing HIV Status Reduces Risk

A majority of new HIV infection occurred among gay and bisexual men in all but 2 states, according to the latest data from the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System, described in the November 29, 2013, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Although the number of gay men reporting unprotected anal sex rose significantly from 2005 to 2011, men who knew they were HIV positive were less likely to engage in risky sex than men who remained unaware of their status.

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National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Half Untreated, Most Unaware of PrEP

Only 50% of gay and bi men diagnosed with HIV have started antiretroviral treatment and 42% have achieved undetectable viral load, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released ahead of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on September 27. A related survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that while gay and bi men see HIV as a top health issue, a majority do not get tested regularly and most do not know about pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.

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CDC Briefing Discusses Complex Causes of Rising HIV Rates Among Young Gay Men

In the lead-up to World AIDS Day, the CDC hosted an LGBT media web briefing on combatting the resurgence of HIV among young gay and bisexual men, in collaboration with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition, and New York's Ali Forney Center. Panelist discussed the many social factors -- including homophobia, racism, depression, drug and alcohol use, and homelessness -- that contribute to higher HIV risk among young men who have sex with men.

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