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The NEW PrEP Services Locator
Greater Than AIDS has a PrEP Locator powered by Emory University available at GetPrEP.greaterthan.org
! This is a location-based, searchable tool that is user friendly for Peer Navigators and others working in community outreach settings as well as for use in other clinic sites. It even includes searching for PrEP sites that are for those without insurance. Click on the image below to check out the PrEP Services Locator.
Gay and Bisexual Teen Males No More Likely than Heterosexual Teen Males to Engage in Several Sexual Risk Behaviors; Still at Substantially Higher Risk of HIV Infection
the first nationally representative look at HIV-related risk behaviors among heterosexual, gay, and bisexual male high school students presented at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.
The report highlights:
- Evidence to suggest there are no significant differences in several HIV-related risk behaviors among U.S. male students in ninth through 12th grades who identify as heterosexual, gay, or bisexual;
- Gay and bisexual teens at higher risk of injection drug use; and
- the need for multiple-pronged prevention strategies.
HIV Among Women
to view an updated CDC fact sheet on HIV Among Women. Look at the numbers, challenges in prevention, and what the CDC is doing to address HIV among women.
HIV Testing in Nonclinical & Community-based Settings
HIV testing can be conducted in a variety of settings, including nonclinical and community-based settings. These settings offer ease and comfort to those who may not regularly access medical settings, and also lends the opportunity for targeted HIV testing for high-risk populations. Click here
to view a CDC guide that supports the implementation of HIV testing services in nonclinical settings in the U.S.
|CDC News: HIV Diagnoses Decline Almost 20 Percent, But Progress is Uneven
|The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that HIV diagnoses have declined by almost 20 percent over the past decade, but gay and bisexual men are not seeing equal levels of success, and Southern states are lagging behind.
A CDC analysis announced on the opening day of the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta shows national trends in HIV diagnoses from 2005-2014. Among the key findings:
- Diagnoses declined 19% between 2005-2014, driven by dramatic declines among heterosexuals (35%), people who inject drugs (63%), and African Americans (22%) — with the steepest declines among black women (42%).
- For gay and bisexual men, trends over the decade have varied by race and ethnicity. Among white gay and bisexual men, diagnoses dropped steadily, decreasing 18 percent. Diagnoses among Latino gay and bisexual men continued to rise and were up 24 percent. Diagnoses among black gay and bisexual men also increased (22 percent) between 2005 and 2014, but that increase has leveled off since 2010.
- A similar trend was seen among young black gay and bisexual men ages 13-24, who experienced a steep 87 percent increase in diagnoses between 2005 and 2014. Between 2010 and 2014, however, the trend has leveled off (with a 2 percent decline).
In a separate analysis, CDC announced an update on state-by-state progress related to HIV prevention and care that shows substantial gaps between Southern states and the rest of the country—death rates are higher in the South than any other U.S. region and many Southerners are unaware of their HIV infection.
For more information, see our press releases. Additional information detailing notable research presented at this year’s conference will be posted on our online newsroom throughout the week as embargoes lift.
HIV and Smoking: Looking at the Impact
Treatments for HIV have advanced in the United States, where individuals who are living with HIV can expect to live as long as those who are not affected by the chronic condition. However, this gain is severely compromised among those with HIV who smoke. Smoking can diminish the help of healthy white blood cells, which are already jeopardized by the impact of HIV on the immune system, and contribute to inflammatory responses. As a result, mortality rates for HIV-positive individuals who smoke are significantly higher than smoking or HIV alone. To learn more about the intersection of HIV and smoking and how the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are making an effort to address smoking in this population, read the full article here.
Check out the CDC’s “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign targeting efforts to urge individuals living with HIV/AIDS to stop smoking and meet Brian.
As a result of smoking and living with HIV, Brian suffered a stroke at the age of 43, requiring him to have surgery on the artery in his neck. Now he is hoping that his story will help others quit smoking, especially among those who like him are living with HIV. To read more about Brian and his full story click here.
(Photo: CDC Tips from Former Smokers Campaign. CDC.gov)