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Experts pour cold water on claims of potential HIV cure

Experts pour cold water on claims of potential HIV cure

HIV experts have dismissed suggestions that a new drug could potentially lead to a HIV cure, slamming media reports that promoted the untested claims of a drug manufacturer. An Israeli drug company issued a media release claiming that a new drug Gammora had the potential to cure HIV. Zion Medical reported that they had administered […]

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Calls for review of Western Australia’s HIV Laws

Calls for review of Western Australia’s HIV Laws

Community advocates are calling for a review of Western Australian legislation relating to HIV, and criminalisation. Grassroots organisation HIV Institute of WA have issued an open letter to Attorney General John Quigley, highlighting the relationship between HIV criminalisation and stigma faced by people living with HIV and the importance of the U=U (Undetectable = Untransmissible) […]

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Pose star Dominique Jackson on how ballroom culture saved her life

Pose star Dominique Jackson on how ballroom culture saved her life

Queer creator Ryan Murphy’s latest show is changing the face of television – making records for the largest transgender cast of main characters on our screens to date. Pose not only gives audiences a window into the opulent ballroom culture, the program also explores the lived experience of transgender people, and people of colour – […]

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WA AIDS Council says Kerryn Phelps’ fake HIV email highlights stigma

WA AIDS Council says Kerryn Phelps’ fake HIV email highlights stigma

The WA AIDS Council have responded to a recent fake email which claims Wentworth candidate Dr Kerryn Phelps is living with HIV and withdrawing from the race ahead of the by-election in the Sydney seat this Saturday. The email appearing in ABC reports on Wednesday encourages voters to post their ballot for Liberal candidate Dave […]

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Research shows some gay men consider PrEP to be a ‘social problem’

Research shows some gay men consider PrEP to be a ‘social problem’

New research published in the health journal Sociology of Health & Illness has shown that some gay men consider PrEP to be a “social problem”. A series of focus groups held in New York showed some gay men consider people taking the HIV-preventative medication PrEP are lacking morals. The men described those on PrEP as immoral, irresponsible, naïve […]

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Remembering Matthew Shepard: Two decades later

Remembering Matthew Shepard: Two decades later

It was 2011 and I was working on a production of The Laramie Project at Curtin University when I was first introduced to the murder of Matthew Shepard: a young gay man who was robbed of his wallet, keys and shoes, pistol whipped at least 18 times in the head, burnt, beaten and left unconscious […]

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Cases of HIV in China surge by 14 percent

Cases of HIV in China surge by 14 percent

China has reported that cases of HIV have surged by a massive 14 percent in the last year. The Xinhua news agency reported that more than 820,000 people were HIV-positive at the end of June. An increase of more than 100,000 from the previous year. More than 40,000 new HIV cases were reported in the […]

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Annual Kirby Institute report shows new HIV diagnoses at seven year low

Annual Kirby Institute report shows new HIV diagnoses at seven year low

New diagnoses of HIV have been recorded at their lowest level in seven years according to the annual surveillance report from the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. The report was released over the weekend at the Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference in Sydney, revealing that there were 963 new HIV diagnoses […]

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Gay and bisexual men are getting tested for HIV more than ever

Gay and bisexual men are getting tested for HIV more than ever

A new report from the University of New South Wales has shown that gay and bisexual men are getting tested and using medications to prevent HIV transmission more than ever, with researchers recording an encouraging major shift towards new forms of prevention thanks to government-funded access programs. Researchers at UNSW’s Centre for Social Research in […]

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Number of new cases of HIV in New South Wales drops dramatically

Number of new cases of HIV in New South Wales drops dramatically

The number of new cases of HIV in New South Wales has continued to drop as the combination of regular testing strategies and PrEP treatment take effect. The latest data showing a continued decline in HIV transmission rates in NSW has been welcomed by the state’s leading HIV prevention and HIV support organisation, ACON. The […]

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