The American HIV epidemic is still concentrated primarily in gay men, and is growing rapidly worse among young black gay men, a new report revealed. For most risk groups, infection rates are stable, with 61 percent of cases contracted through gay or bisexual sex, 27 percent through heterosexual sex and 9 percent through drug injections. But because of the plateauing and rising rate of infection in gay black men, AIDS activists say this proves that government prevention policies are a flop.Read more from the New York Times here.
Two groundbreaking studies have found that partners of HIV-positive people can protect themselves by taking a once-a-day pill, even secretly, if necessary. The studies’ findings, conducted in Botswana, Kenya and Uganda, could have major benefits to people living in countries that do not accept a cultural standard of condoms and ravaged by HIV/AIDS. Read more here.