Together We Are…Making an Impact: The Well Project Survey Report

Released December 2, 2019 The Well Project is thrilled to announce that our 2018-2019 survey, Together We Are…Making an Impact is now available. This is the latest in a series of surveys that The Well Project undertakes to ensure that we are maximizing our effectiveness and strengthening the impact of our programming. Please read our press release, Survey Finds Community Support and Education are Key to Improving Health Outcomes and Well-Being of Women Living with HIV. Together We Are…Making an Impact shows that women living with HIV have made significant progress…

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Ending AIDS is everyone’s business

As we commemorate World AIDS Day 2019, we are reminded that despite some remarkable progress, the number of people becoming newly infected with HIV and dying from AIDS-related illnesses is not decreasing fast enough. We are reminded that despite this progress, there remains tremendous unmet needs. Resources for the AIDS response must be sustained. We are reminded that 38 million women, men and children are living with HIV today. We are reminded that despite global efforts, AIDS continues to be one of the greatest health and development threats of our…

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Are Screen-Out Rates the Reason for Women Being Underrepresented in HIV Trials?

In a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers hypothesized that the underrepresentation of women in HIV intervention trials in the United States may be a result of higher clinical trial screen-out rates in women compared with men. Although they found that screen-out rates did not differ by sex, researchers highlighted that the results underscored the need to recruit more women to HIV trials in order to bridge the knowledge gap between women and men. Because sex and gender can have a significant effect on disease course and response to…

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HIV treatment numbers continue to rise

For people living with HIV, being on treatment has two advantages: they stay healthy and, if their viral load is suppressed to undetectable levels, they can’t pass on the virus to their sexual partners. The number of people living with HIV who are on treatment continues to rise, with an estimated 24.5 million on antiretroviral therapy in mid-2019—more than double the number on treatment in 2012. However, treatment scale-up is still not on track to meet the target by the end of 2020 of 30 million people living with HIV…

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DeMarco Majors Wants You to Lend Your Voice to End HIV Stigma

Former Plus cover star, DeMarco Majors, has always used his life to raise awareness for a larger cause. A survivor of sexual assault and a wonderful human being living with HIV, Majors brought together a group of friends to jumpstart a larger dialogue about stigma and how it impacts our communities for World AIDS Day.  Standup comic Sampson McCormick, actor Nick Atkinson, and activists Michelle King and Kiaron John came together to let the world know: Together we STRUGGLE, together we STRIVE, and together we SUCCEED.  The evolving campaign is certainly…

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Mystery shopper exercise shows that HIV testing services for young gay men in the US need to be improved

http://www.aidsmap.com/news/nov-2019/mystery-shopper-exercise-shows-hiv-testing-services-young-gay-men-us-need-be-improved

A quality assurance exercise using’mystery shoppers’ in three US cities with higher HIV incidence among young homosexual men showed that although testing sites were considered as friendly welcoming and confidential , other problems were identified. Testing sites performed on LGBTQ visibility discussed relationship contexts or given sexual education, and data about PrEP was provided. The analysis is published in the 1 December issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

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iwantPrEPnow website founded out of necessity

When Greg Owen started hearing about a medicine taken daily that could keep people from contracting HIV, he didn’t believe it. The British man, from London, asked around and his friends told him that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was only available in the United States of America or through a clinical trial, the PROUD study, in England. “I finally managed to get a hold of some via a friend in early August 2015,” he recounted. “The next day, I went for an HIV test and it came back positive.” In shock,…

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French study finds one in six stops PrEP within 12 months, one in three after 30 months

PREVENIR, the French open-label study looking at PrEP use in gay and bisexual men in the Paris region, has found that 16% of study participants either told clinicians they were stopping PrEP or disappeared from the study within a year, and that 32% had discontinued PrEP after 30 months. Younger men (aged 25 and under), people who had never taken PrEP before and men with poorer education were all more likely to discontinue PrEP than other men in the study.

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HPV Vaccine Messages Are Most Successful When Storytelling is Strong

Researchers from Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health found that social media campaigns aimed at increasing human papillomavirus vacations saw more engagement when they are driven by narrative. According to a study published in the journal Health Education and Behavior, researchers took 360 randomized Instagram posts from nearly 3,300 posts about the HPV vaccination, and analyzed which ones received the most success. It was determined that posts providing information and evidence while communicating the message through a more narrative structure showed to have more engagement. The majority of posts analyzed…

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