Tuesday , 23 May 2017

Health

WHO set to declassify trans identity as mental disorder…but is it enough?

who

  It has recently been announced that the World Health Organisation is proposing – finally – to remove transgender identity and gender dysphoria from its list of mental health disorders. The list, known as the ICD-10, describes gender dysphoria as “the urge to belong to the opposite sex that may include surgical procedures to modify the sex organs in order to ...

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“End HIV criminalisation” demand activists

End HIV Criminilisation demand Activists

Over 200 activists called for an end to HIV criminalisation throughout the world saying it unjustly harms and blames HIV positive people, damages prevention strategies and undermines national and international sexual health programs. Earlier during the week some 200 people living with HIV, human rights activists and representatives of key populations gathered for a one-day meeting,  held at Durban South Africa, challenging ...

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Study finds zero transmission in mixed-HIV status couples

Partner Study

Ongoing research found zero linked HIV transmissions cases after mixed-HIV status couples had sex 58,000 times without condoms. Heterosexual and gay couples, of whom one was HIV positive and took antiretroviral (ARVs) showed zero cases of infections after having sex without condoms; the study highlighted the power of ARVs ability to curtail the spread of the virus. The Partner study (phase ...

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Charity says LGBT people face discrimination as they die

Marie Curie

  A leading UK charity has published a report, which claims nearly three-quarters (74%) of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people are not confident that health and social care services provide sensitive end of life care for their needs. The report suggests that LGBT people often experience delay in accessing the care they need and are more likely to have ...

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Antibody shot protects monkeys from HIV infection

HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte

A new study has shown that a single injection of antibodies that target HIV can protect monkeys from contracting the virus for nearly six months. The study, published yesterday in Nature, is an important step in the development of a new treatment that could prevent HIV infections in people, with potentially far more effectiveness than any other contemporary method. In ...

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First case of Zika transmission involving sex between gay men reported

This is a digitally-colorised transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Zika virus, which is a member of the family Flaviviridae. Virus particles, here colored blue

The Zika virus has now been reported as have been transmitted through sex between two gay men, by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC said a case of sexual transmission that occurred in Dallas in January that was reported in the media in early February — involved two men. The findings were published in the CDC’s ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland will make its own decision on PrEP

Nicola Sturgeon's World AIDS Day message

While NHS England shelved plans to offer the HIV-preventative drug, Scotland’s First Minister said the country will decide it’s own position on the drug’s availability. She stated: “I am keen that we take our own decisions and that we debate these issues in parliament and certainly don’t take a view that we will not do things because they aren’t done in ...

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Shatter the stigma on World Health Day

World Health Day

  On World Health Day, two of Europe’s most influential organisations have issued a joint statement arguing for more to be done to support the mental health of LGBTI people. Several studies have confirmed that LGBTI people are disproportionately affected by mental ill health, and that young LGBTI people are at significantly higher risk of suicide than the general pupulation. ...

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Potential cure: HIV eliminated from infected cells

HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte

Scientists have successfully eliminated the HIV genome from human cells, a breakthrough that could potentially pave the way for a cure for HIV/AIDS. A research team from the NeuroAIDS Center at Lewis Katz School of Medicine – Temple University, Philadelphia, used a new DNA editing technique to remove the HIV genome from CD4+T infected cells. Using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technique, the scientists ...

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Gay men are not getting enough regular testing for HIV

HIV Test

New research carried out by Glasgow University shows that gay men, including those thought to be at a “high risk” of contracting HIV, are not getting tested often enough. Researchers from the University’s Social and Public Health Sciences Unit found that “fewer than one in five men reported having four or more tests in the last two years.” The authors ...

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