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More therapy = more unprotected sex?

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There is the argument, that antiretroviral therapy seen as prevention could lead to more unprotected sex in the future. That, so argue the people following this line,  will jeopardize treatment success and discourage from using a condom or taking other measures of protection. On the 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Kuala Lumpur a study was presented addressing the issue. The results are encouraging:  A meta-analysis has found no increase in risk taking in people who are
taking antiretroviral treatment, compared to other people with HIV. In
fact, people on treatment had less unprotected sex and fewer sexually
transmitted infections. For more on this topic please continue reading here.

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POZ Magazine: Evaluating HIV Risk of Male Sex Workers in Africa

New research is illuminating the activities and risks of male sex workers in southern Africa, PlusNews reports. Researchers at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and South Africa’s Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) interviewed 70 male sex workers in Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The interviewees reported that unprotected sex was common in their profession for a number of reasons, including the unavailability of condom-compatible water-based lubricants, higher fees for unprotected sex, physically abusive clients, and alcohol and drug abuse. Those who visited hospitals and clinics for HIV testing and treatment also reported being mocked and publicly stigmatized by health workers.

Source:   http://www.poz.com/rssredir/articles/Africa_Male_SexWorkers_1_20660.shtml

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