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Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center in the United States are testing a new oral vaccine to prevent infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The vaccine is unique because it is given as a pill, unlike most HIV vaccines tested to date that have been given as shots.
Addressing the unique needs of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), a new professional, confidential and upmarket medical practice has been launched in Pretoria.
1081 Medical Practice provides a range of specialised medical services to gay men, with a focus on sexual health and well-being. It offers clients a friendly and accepting environment where they can access the expert services of a nurse, doctor and two counsellors.
OUT, the Pretoria-based LGBT health and well-being organisation, has offered more clarity on a recent international recommendation that gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) take preventive HIV medication.
In July, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended that these men should take daily ongoing preventive antiretroviral medication as an additional method of preventing HIV infection.
Don’t know your status? Well, if it turns out that you are HIV positive, you can only start treatment and protect yourself and your partners by taking that first important and simple step; getting tested.
Here are ten common sense reasons why you should get tested right now – and at least every six months thereafter.