New research shows that higher STI rates among Victorian PrEP trial participants were a result of more frequent testing, more casual partners, and more group sex – but not reduced condom use.
The latest data showed 33 per cent fewer new HIV diagnoses among Australia-born men who have sex with men (MSM) in 2018, but just 3 per cent fewer among overseas-born MSM.
ASHM has highlighted Australia’s guidelines around on-demand PrEP while Thorne Harbour Health has released a video explaining the prevention strategy, following the recent HIV diagnosis of PrEP advocate Steve Spencer.
“To alleviate the concerns of PrEP users, there have only been several recorded cases of seroconversions while on PrEP out of the approximately 450,000 people using this preventative strategy, globally.”
The Re:PrEP study will help develop an understanding of what PrEP means to gay and bi men as it becomes a more common HIV-prevention strategy.
“The first step is an awareness of the issue. The second is to listen to our patients, and to understand [those in this situation] without judgement.”
2018 has been another tumultuous one for Australia’s LGBTI community, and the Star Observer has been there to cover the news every step of the way.
“By engaging with the experiences of people who have recently been diagnosed with HIV, we’re hoping to find out why some people living with HIV today experience better care and wellbeing outcomes than others”
The NSFW short film illustrates the event-based PrEP method, which Dr Darren Russell says “is just as effective as daily dosing, even when it is only used occasionally.”