Combining two interests (Monday, February 6th, 2012)

Published by Ian in Other HIV, Other sexual health at 12:03 pm with no comments.

A few years ago, someone gave a presentation to a semi-official body on transgendered people and sex work. Most were doing sex work to pay for gender reassignment surgery. However she said that around 70-80% of MTF sex workers were HIV+ and gave several reasons for this, including being more vulnerable to taking more money […]

Testing at bi events (Monday, February 6th, 2012)

Published by Ian in Other HIV, Other sexual health at 11:30 am with no comments.

Making STI testing easier is a Good Thing, but there are some things to think about before having it as a feature of BiCon, for example. In no particular order.. Costs: time and money. Let's say we're a responsible bunch and half of us want to be tested. That's around 100-200 people, and that's likely […]

Up yer bum – rectal microbicides (Sunday, February 5th, 2012)

Published by Ian in Other HIV, Other sexual health at 3:34 pm with no comments.

Rectal microbicides are chemicals which are designed to be put up the anus into the rectum to kill off microbes that cause STIs when having anal sex with an infected partner. Ideally, they'd protect both the receptive and insertive partner. Much more research is being done on vaginal microbicides, partly because of 'moral' issues (i.e. […]

Snip, snip, the scissors go… (Wednesday, May 18th, 2011)

Published by Ian in Other HIV, Other sexual health at 10:51 pm with no comments.

Every so often, there are stories in the media like this one: Men who want to lower their chances of contracting HIV should be circumcised, the world's leading health experts said yesterday. Having the foreskin removed lowers the risk of catching the virus by 60 per cent, they said. (The Metro, London 29th March 2007) […]

Behaviourally Bisexual Men: Identifying needs for HIV prevention (Thursday, February 3rd, 2011)

Published by Ian in General, Other HIV, Other sexual health at 7:37 pm with no comments.

This report was commissioned from Sigma Research in 1994 by the UK government's Health Education Authority (HEA), then in charge of official HIV prevention work. I strongly suspect it was in order to demonstrate that, as the head of the work with gay and bisexual men* loved to say, bisexual men are "a minority of […]

And so this is World Aids Day (Monday, November 29th, 2010)

Published by Ian in Other HIV at 5:40 pm with 1 comment.

The first one was on 1st December 1988, so this year's is the twenty third one. How many do you think have had a theme mentioning gay and bisexual men? None. (I don't count various wishy-washy 'all in it together' themes as being inclusive, any more than only saying 'gay' as bi-inclusive.) Aids was first […]

Broken links (Wednesday, March 26th, 2008)

Published by Ian in CHAPS, General, Other HIV, Other THT at 9:50 pm with no comments.

Because the person in charge of the THT website does not understand the importance of keeping links valid, they've been broken several times since writing the original articles. I'll have download links from here soon…

"As you all know, about three of the lubes on the market kill the AIDS virus…" (Monday, December 4th, 2006)

Published by Ian in General, Other HIV, Other sexual health at 2:37 pm with no comments.

So someone on a uk bi list posted recently, naming one, 'Silken Secret'. My first reaction on reading that was "Erm, what would do that, apart from spermicide?" (Which I hope you all know is a no-no for this as the damage it does to the skin – the main one was originally designed as […]

Don't expect to see many reports of this (Thursday, August 10th, 2006)

Published by Ian in Other HIV, Other THT at 3:52 pm with no comments.

Particularly given the Damilola Taylor result dominating the papers and the airport security alert radio and TV.. .. but, at fucking last, there's been an acquittal in a UK HIV tranmission trial. A clueful defence team, helped by THT, used a combination of expert evidence and the behaviour of the complainant to show that there […]

Relationships and Sex for… (Wednesday, December 7th, 2005)

Published by Ian in CHAPS, Other HIV, Other THT at 10:48 pm with no comments.

There are three in the series, produced by the then 'Living well with HIV team', and not all of these are part of the CHAPS partnership. But see what they are: Relationships and Sex for Gay Men – perhaps surprisingly, the first edition of this did have "to have children" as one of the reasons […]