General News

Study finds three quarters of queer men defied early lockdowns for sex

Rachel Badham February 18, 2021

A new report found 76% of queer men in the UK defied early Covid-19 restrictions for sexual relations, with isolation being a driving cause.

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Report into evidence on gay/bisexual men blood donation still due

May 29, 2020

FAIR steering group, including THT, Stonewall and National AIDS Trust, is still hoping to report its findings before the end of 2020 in spite of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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HIV – get yourself tested!

Besi Besemar November 20, 2017

Local HIV charity, The Sussex Beacon is urging people to get tested for HIV during National HIV Testing Week (runs till November 24). The aim of the week is to raise awareness of HIV and promote testing to the most affected population groups in England, men who have sex with men (MSM) and black African men and women.

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How does PrEP affect our sex lives?

Besi Besemar October 27, 2017

Eric Page looks at how PrEP can reduce the chance of infection of HIV, the stigma around using it and finds out from four men how it has affected their lives and the sex they have. PrEP, short for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is two different medications that can substantially reduce the chance of infection by HIV for those at increased risk, including men who have sex with men (MSM).

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New study indicates national PrEP programme would be cost effective

Besi Besemar October 19, 2017

The Lancet Infectious Diseases publish scholarly study into the HIV prevention treatment, PrEP titled, Cost-effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention in men who have sex with men in the UK: a modelling study and health economic evaluation.

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HIV testing frequency guidelines not being met

Gary Hart March 24, 2016

Gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), including those thought to be at ‘high risk’, are not getting HIV tests often enough, according to new research. The study, which was carried out by researchers at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, found that while national guidelines suggest all MSM test annually for HIV and those “at higher risk” every three months, neither recommendation is being met.

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Action plan to tackle health inequalities for men who have sex with men

Besi Besemar February 11, 2015

Public Health England (PHE) has launched an action plan to address the health and well-being inequalities affecting gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM).
The plan focuses on three interrelated areas in which MSM are disproportionately burdened with ill health: sexual health and HIV, mental health and the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

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