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Gay men having chemsex are five times more likely to have a new HIV diagnosis than other gay men
by Roger Pebody, 2018-05-23 12:20
Gay and bisexual men who report engaging in chemsex (the use of specific drugs to enhance or facilitate sex) are five times more likely to be newly diagnosed with HIV, nine times more likely to be diagnosed with hepatitis C and four times more likely to be diagnosed with a

PrEP may make it hard to tell if someone has an HIV infection
by Gus Cairns, 2018-05-23 08:30
It may be very difficult to tell if someone who has just started HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has actually caught HIV just before or just after they started PrEP. This is what seems to have happened in a case where a 31-year-old man from New York, who had just started PrEP,

Dolutegravir may cause birth defects, European Medicines Agency warns
by Keith Alcorn, 2018-05-21 16:00
Regulatory agencies in the United States and European Union have warned that women with HIV who can become pregnant should not use the integrase inhibitor dolutegravir (Tivicay, also in Triumeq) without effective contraception, following a report from Botswana of a higher frequency of birth defects in babies born to mothers

PrEP approved for adolescents in US
by Liz Highleyman, 2018-05-21 15:30
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week approved Truvada pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for adolescents, which will likely make the HIV prevention pill more widely available to a group with a disproportionately high risk of infection. Doctors in the US can prescribe approved drugs as they deem appropriate, and

High prevalence of menopausal symptoms in women living with HIV, but very few receive treatments for them
by Roger Pebody, 2018-05-17 16:20
Nine in ten women living with HIV aged 45 to 60 have hot flushes and other somatic symptoms of the menopause, but often have difficulties getting advice and care to manage them, according to an English study released today. Only 8% of women with these symptoms were currently using menopausal hormone therapy (MHT). Thanks to