Monday , 16 September 2019

Health

PrEP fails gay man who contracts drug resistant HIV

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A gay man who apparently adhered to the daily regimen of Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has contracted a multi-drug resistant HIV virus strain. Researches says that this case is rare and inconclusive but it might be possible for individuals who are adhere to PrEP to contract HIV when they are exposed to a virus that is resistant to ...

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“Say something nice about me” – a tribute to Warren

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Before he died in May 1994 he asked us to “say something nice about me.” We did, producing a booklet with comments from his many friends, acquaintances, colleagues, carers and others – those who had become better people as a result of knowing him. I was one of those people. Warren Wiesner was a key figure in lesbian and gay ...

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AIDS: You can’t catch it, you can’t pass it on and it can’t kill you

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Today is World AIDS Day but isn’t it time this was defunct? Not the day, but the acronym AIDS. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is the terminology given to someone who has HIV (usually untreated) which has weakened the immune system to the point that when the patient acquires a secondary illness (like pneumonia) the body isn’t ...

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Blood ban to be “reconsidered”

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  The rules precenting gay and bisexual men from giving blood are to be reconsidered, the UK government has announced. The issue will be reviewed by an advisory committee in 2016 after pressure from campaigners and parliamentarians. Men who have sex with men (MSMs) are currently only able to donate blood following a year without sexual activity. While the lifetime ...

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New injectable drug could keep HIV at bay indefinitely

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Johnson & Johnson and partner GlaxoSmithKline PLC subsidiary ViiV Healthcare, which specialises in anti-retroviral drugs, announced yesterday encouraging initial trial results on a drug that could revolutionise HIV treatment. Glaxo said the results from the study showed the investigational, long-acting, injectable combination of Cabotegravir, ViiV Healthcare’s treatment, and Rilpivirine, made by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit, were highly effecting in maintaining viral suppression rates. A single ...

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Ministers questioned on trans and non-binary action

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    Government Ministers faced a number of questions this week during the final session of the transgender equality inquiry. Members of the women and equalities committee asked several ministers, including Nicky Morgan and Caroline Dinenage, about a number of transgender-related issues and the case of Tara Hudson. The ministers were also challenged on the UK government’s claim that non-binary ...

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PrEP: The Invincibility Pill?

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You may have heard about PrEP, the drug which can protect people against HIV. PrEP stand for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It is used as an anti-HIV medication that keeps HIV negative people from becoming infected. The drug is called Truvada and is more commonly used as part of HIV antiretroviral therapy for HIV positive men and women, but in recent years ...

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Concern over UK drug-resistant gonorrhoea outbreak

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A drug-resistant gonorrhoea outbreak in the north of England has triggered a nationwide public health alert, with concerns that it might spread to Scotland. Fifteen cases of what has been labelled “super-gonorrhoea” have been detected by Public Health England (PHE) since March, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV reported (BASHH). The first cases were reported in Leeds with ...

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Shortage of doctors results in unnecessary distress for trans people

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  A shortage of doctors qualified in helping people to transition is potentially leading to increased mental and physical ill-health, The Herald has reported. Statistics have revealed that several hundred Scots are waiting for up to a year for treatment due to a chronic shortage of specialised medical staff. The inevitable results of delays in receiving treatment are increased levels ...

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What taking PrEP has meant for me

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Greg Mitchell lives in London, and took part as a HIV-negative man in the PROUD study, assessing PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). Here he talks in his own words about taking PrEP, the effects it had on him and how other people reacted. “I’m not a medical professional or a scientist. I am simply someone who is on the PROUD study in ...

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