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U.K. Sees Massive Decline in HIV Infections Among Gay, Bi Men Thanks to PrEP

Significant progress on HIV! But it’s important to note:The 73% is in gay/bi men New diagnoses increased in some groups in 201843% of people still diagnosed late#PrEP access remains capped in EnglandWe can’t be complacent to reach #ZeroHIVhttps://t.co/3NrLzgYOdv— Terrence Higgins Trust (@THTorguk) January 16, 2020 HIV infections have declined a whopping 71 percent among gay and bisexual men in the United Kingdom since 2014, according to new figures from Public Health England. Health officials believe the decline is due largely to the introduction of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). However, the drug...
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Cage fighters in drag who famously knocked out thugs in 2009 ‘haven’t dressed as women since’

Two cage fighters dressed in drag famously defended themselves against an unprovoked attack, but they have now said that they ‘haven’t dressed as women’ in the decade since. In 2009, James Lilley and Daniel Lerwell were among a group of around a dozen cage fighters who were on a night out in Swansea before starting 12 weeks of gruelling training. To add to the fun, Lilley and Lerwell decided they would go in drag. But, later that evening, they were attacked in the street by two drunken thugs who severely...
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Gareth Thomas left in floods of tears after emotional surprise from his parents

Gay former rugby player Gareth Thomas was left in floods of tears after he was surprised by his parents presenting him with an award. Thomas received an accolade for being a sporting inspiration and for breaking down stereotypes and stigma around HIV at the Mirror Pride of Sports Awards on Thursday (December 5). The Welsh former rugby star came out as gay in 2009, and in September this year revealed that he is HIV-positive.  He seemed already close to tears as he came up on stage, which prompted awards host...
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New blood donation rules for gay and bi men in the UK has not changed rates of infected blood

New blood donation rules that allow gay and bisexual men to give blood if they have abstained from sex for three months have not changed rates of infected blood. Just seven out of 2 million blood donations made in England, Scotland and Wales in 2018 were infected with HIV, Katy Davison of Public Health England revealed in a presentation in San Antonio, Texas, New Scientist reports. The number was up from the year before – by just one. Six donations were infected with HIV in 2017, during which time gay...
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