Tuesday , 21 May 2019

Tag Archives: HIV

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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Alleged incident raises questions about HIV prevention strategy

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  Recent reporting in the mainstream media has highlighted serious problems in relation to HIV prevention. Last week, several outlets reported on the disturbing claim that a man was deliberately infected through unprotected anal intercourse. Inevitably, this has sparked reaction from both the LGBTI community and HIV charities, and raises significant questions about safer sex practices, the legal framework, how ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland to fight HIV stigma and prejudice

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland stands in solidarity with people living with HIV and against stigma and prejudice. Sturgeon recorded a YouTube video message for World AIDS Day 2015, especially focused on challenging misconceptions and prejudice regarding HIV. In the message she said: “There has been real progress around HIV in the past 30 years – for example ...

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Coming Oot: The fabulous history of Gay Scotland

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Narrated by actor Richard Wilson and featuring the voices and faces of those who lived in Scotland when male homosexual behaviour was illegal, last night’s BBC documentary The Fabulous History of Gay Scotland took us on a roller coaster of a journey from the 1950s to the present. In attempting to answer the question of why a nation that seemed ...

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Scotland’s leaders unite in solidarity with people living with HIV

Left to right - Ruth Davidson, Patrick Harvie, Nicola Sturgeon, George Valiotis, Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie

Scotland’s political leaders have united in solidarity today with people living with HIV, challenging stigma, prejudice and calling for improved detection. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and Green co-convener Patrick Harvie stood side-by-side at the steps to the Scottish Parliament, with HIV Scotland’s CEO, George Valiotis, wearing red ...

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Clydesdale Bank to mark World AIDS Day

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  The Clydesdale Bank will today be marking World AIDS Day by helping to “light up Scotland” The Scottish bank has a number of activities planned, including cake sales at a variety of locations across the country (as well as its offices in Leeds and London), a ticker-tape style message of support on its Glasgow City Centre branch in Queen ...

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MSP calls for improved LGBTI rights and AIDS services in Malawi

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  An MSP has called on the First Minister to work with the government of Malwai to help boost LGBTI rights and widen access to HIV/AIDS treatment services. Writing to Nicola Sturgeon ahead of World Aids Day, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur has drawn attention to the challenges facing LGBTI people and those with HIV/AIDS living in the African ...

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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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