Health care experts have been informed of a US man contracting HIV despite being on PrEP. He’s thought to be the first man in California – and only the third in the US – to contract HIV while adhering to a daily PrEP regime.
PrEP is a medication that minimizes the chances of someone acquiring HIV, even if they do not use condoms.
News of the case was presented at the annual IDWeek conference in San Francisco, which concluded over the weekend. The conference is run by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
The man was HIV negative when he began taking PrEP in San Francisco in late 2016. He continued to diagnose HIV negative when testing at three, six and ten months. Blood tests also demonstrated he continued to take his medication consistently.
HIV positive after being on PrEP for a year
After just over a year on PrEP, he received an HIV positive diagnosis in early 2018. He was immediately placed on HIV drugs and has maintained a suppressed viral load since that time.
Doctors were able to accurately diagnose the exact strain of HIV he picked up. It’s one identified with people who have taken HIV medication in the past but no longer take it. It was then revealed that the patient’s main male partner was HIV positive but no longer taking medication.
The partner was tested and found to have a high viral load of the resistant strain. He has resumed taking medication.
Researchers say it was the fact the patient came into contact with a resistant strain that led to him acquiring the virus. They believe he stuck to his PrEP regime well. They could tell this from analyzing his hair, which he happened to grow long.
Dr. Robert Grant, of the University of California San Francisco, said, ‘[The patient’s] long hair allowed us to test by centimeters, which allowed us to go back and read drug levels from six months ago.’
Previous cases of men becoming HIV positive while on PrEP
There have been five previous reports on men acquiring HIV while on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). The first two occurred in Toronto and New York in 2016. In 2017, there were three more cases. One involved a man in North Carolina, one in Australia, and a fifth a man in Amsterdam.
The first four cases are believed to be due to the person on PrEP having sex with someone with a high viral load of a rare, resistant strain of HIV.
The fifth case is not believed to be linked to a drug-resistant strain of HIV. The Amsterdam man had an ‘unusually high number’ of sexual partners – averaging 50-70 a month – and several other sexual infections. Researchers have speculated he may have repeatedly exposed himself to HIV, which took a hold in his body after a slight dip in Truvada levels.
‘Greater than 99% effective’
Health experts say despite these rare cases, PrEP remains highly effective. The medication is taken by more than 350,000 people worldwide.
Dr. Grant said, ‘We know PrEP is greater than 99% effective. There are some cases where HIV will break through. We only have a handful of cases now, and next year, we’ll probably have a handful more. Fortunately, these cases are caught early, treated, and suppressed quickly. The person goes from taking one pill a day to one pill a day. The biggest difference is the stigma.’
Matthew Hodson, Chief Executive of HIV information organization NAM, agrees. 'We estimate that PrEP is more than 99% effective at preventing HIV. By comparison, a recent meta-analysis of the efficacy of condoms found that they prevented nine out of ten cases, this was a better result than previous analyses.
‘PrEP is still better than condoms at preventing HIV. PrEP failure makes the news. Condom failure doesn’t.
He said that in the UK, 93% of people diagnosed with HIV have suppressed the virus to a point where it cannot be passed on ‘in any circumstance.’ This is regardless of whether it’s a drug-resistant strain or not.
‘It’s vital to acknowledge that PrEP, just like other safer sex strategies isn’t 100% effective. It is also vital not to let isolated cases obscure how effective it is. PrEP has played a significant role in bringing down new HIV infections in London, Sydney, New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world.’
H/T: The Body Pro
Source: Hudson, David. California man on PrEP medication acquires HIV.9 October 2018. Gay Star News.
The contagious and deadly bacteria Neisseria meningitis has been reported in Berlin. Considered one of the deadest, meningitis is spread through saliva and respiratory secretions. Authorities in Berlin are asking those who have visited KitkatClub nightclub to seek an immediate test for the bacterium.
A man who attended the “CameBall” on Saturday, September 29 has been hospitalized and is in critical conditions and at the current time is unable to describe his sexual contact at the event, so health officials are asking everyone who attended to get tested and vaccinated.
Deutsche Welle reports: “The bacteria strains A, C, Y and W135 are believed to have been possibly spread at the music-thumping Berlin institution, known for wild and raunchy sex acts being performed out in the open or in nooks and crannies…Common symptoms include severe headache, high fever, chills, dizziness, neck stiffness and extreme malaise. Within a few hours, a life-threatening infection can develop. The infection can be treated with antibiotics.”
Wrote Berlin officials: “All persons on KitKatClub on Saturday should seek preventative treatment immediately. Please contact your family doctor, your family doctor or the emergency department of a hospital immediately. On Saturday, 29.09.2018, there was, according to current knowledge, the transmission of bacterial meningitis (meningococcal meningitis) in KitKatClub in Köpenicker Straße 76, 10179 Berlin-Mitte. So far, it is known that the meningococci belong to one of the groups A, C, Y, W135. The infection takes place via liquids from the mouth and throat area. As a rule, this requires a very close contact. Preventive treatment usually consists of taking an antibiotic. Meningococcal meningitis is a serious disease. Common symptoms include severe headache, high fever, chills, dizziness, neck stiffness and extreme malaise. Within a few hours, a serious, life-threatening clinical picture can develop.”
Age is just a number… or is it?
A new survey conducted by Gay Star News that found that a whole lot of people are lying about their age on dating apps. Over 3,000 people participated in the survey, which was conducted earlier this month. One if four respondents admitted they had lied about their age at least once while chatting with a potential new hookup.
Among those people who say they’ve been dishonest on their quests to get laid:
The answer is pretty simple: Agism.
When asked about agism, 60% of respondents said their experience of dating was “totally” ageist, compared to 16% who said the scene was a “little” ageist, and 6% who said it was “maybe” ageist.
Many respondents also expressed fear about getting older. 31% said they were terrified about losing their looks, while 42% said they worried about losing their partner or loved ones.
Let’s be honest about this. It is no secret that some (most) gay men will lie about their age. We live in an age, body-obsessed culture. So, when you turn a certain age you are no longer considered good looking or “hot”.
Shane Cook who performs for Helix Studios has announced this week that he is battling cancer. He made the announcement on Twitter.
Cook posted a photo of himself and explained that he was “tired of being embarrassed about something I have no control over.”
He explained that he has been diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer, which affects the immune system.
Shane also said that he has experienced some hair and muscle loss, but that he is doing well and expects to make a full recovery. He is also looking forward to getting back to work.
Shane has appeared in a number of Helix Studio scenes, including Will it Fit?, Dig In, and Afterparty Pound.
We wish him a speedy and full recovery!
It appears that Facebook has been accused of micotargeting conversion therapy ads promoting “sexual purity” to young gay users in the United Kingdom. In a recent investigation by the Telegraph, ads were found selling the idea that gay people might be turned straight. The ad “Why am I seeing this ad?” suggested that users were interested because they were interested in “gender issues.”
This is one of the ads, titled “Homosexuality Was My Identity,” and supposedly targeted to users who liked LGBTQ pages:
It is suggested that gayness is something to be overcome with the help of Jesus.
Tessa Ann Schwarz, who identifies as a lesbian, is one person who saw the ad.
“I don’t know why Facebook has permitted this group to target LGBTQ people, who have intentionally sought out community and education amongst peers, for shaming and hatred masked as love,” she told the Telegraph.
Alistair Ryder was shown an ad for the book Evangelical Man, Same-Sex Attraction, which is supposed to be a fun summer read and promotes celibacy. “There was nothing overtly homophobic about the ad I saw itself,” Ryder said, “but it was written in a way to try to appeal to people who may be depressed or self-loathing due to their sexuality.”
Now Facebook does not hand-approve such ads, and that’s the problem – how can Facebook regulate its automated targeted ad market, since it’s fully-automated?
Ryder and Schwarz both flagged the ads as inappropriate. At that time a moderator took action and removed them as they violated Facebook’s ad policy that bans any ad “that discriminates against harasses, provokes or disparages people.”
Griff Ferris of the UK civil rights group Big Brother watch say the process has some major flaws. “Targeted advertising is aggressive and manipulative, using the personal and private information to exploit people’s innermost fears, desires, and prejudices,” he told the Telegraph. “Therefore it must be restricted to protect people’s rights.”
If you’re into porn especially from 2007 to 2010 then there’s a big chance you remember Logan McCree. The German-born performer is best known for his head-to-toe tattoos; his scalp, butt cheeks, and penis have tattoos. He was a scruffy versatile porn star, super sexy and dabbled in kink. But, sad to say and much to our regret that since leaving the porn industry, he has now turned his attention to men’ rights and is now an activist (MRA).
Robert Jackman a reporter for VICE met McCree at the International Conference on Men’s Issues last month.
It appears that since leaving the porn industry, Tanzer (his real name is Philipp Tanzer) he has moved to Scotland and runs an art gallery. Tanzer did identify as gay while working in porn, but says he never really felt like he fit into the gay world. So, he started dating women, but did manage to sleep with men on the side (with permission).
Jackman reported that Tanzer’s interest in MRA issues began when he began to think about having a child with his girlfriend. Though he still has no children, he heard stories about fathers losing custody of their children to mothers and worried that the same thing might one day happen to him.
Jackman says lots of men become MRAs out of fear of what might happen to them.
“Tanzer insisted he had always supported gender equality,” Jackman writes. “The problem for him, [Tanzer] said, was that most modern feminists now shunned egalitarianism in favor of special privileges for women, while simultaneously labeling themselves as victims.”
Jackman doesn’t ask Tanzer how he feels about MRAs having a long gross history of allies who defend child molesters and racist groups like the KKK, oppose women and people of color appearing in film, accuse women of regularly falsifying rape accusations (even though only 2 to 10% of all rape accusations are fake) and issue rape and death threats to women online, calling attempts to stop them “censorship.”
Men face real social issues and can MRA’s handle those issues?
Outside the biannual international AIDS conference activists took to the street using the ‘U=U’ chant. This is a new rallying cry for people living with HIV that delivers the message that people who are on treatment and undetectable are not capable of transmitting the virus to their sexual partners, was front and center throughout much of the march as it wound its way through the narrow streets and canals of Amsterdam.
Gay men, women, sex workers from around the world appeared united in educating the world what it means to be undetectable and getting governmental agencies and health officials to sign onto the message, which comes as a major breakthrough.
There is no doubt that these activists are willing and capable to speak for themselves, a video taken by Mark S. King show them marching and chanting with passion.
A groundbreaking study is offering the first estimates of dementia prevalence among queer seniors in the U.S.
This week, researchers from the University of California at San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, C.A., presented their findings at the 2018 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago.
The research team analyzed the prevalence of dementia among more than 3,700 LGBTQ elders ages 60+. After nine years of follow-ups, researchers determined that the rate of dementia prevalence was 7.4% among their sample, falling just short of the Alzheimer’s Association’s most recent estimate that the disease affects 10% of adults ages 65+.
Researchers believe that high rates of other illnesses present among study participants—including depression, hypertension, stroke, and cardiovascular disease—may have contributed to their findings.
“Current estimates suggest that more than 200,000 sexual minorities in the U.S. are living with dementia, but before our study, almost nothing was known about the prevalence of dementia among people in this group who do not have HIV/AIDS-related dementia,” author Jason Flatt, an assistant professor at UC San Francisco, said in a statement.
Flatt believes that more research on the topic is “greatly needed” to help LGBTQ elders, many of whom lack strong support networks or aren’t able to access vital medical resources. Sam Fazio, director of quality care and psychosocial research at the Alzheimer’s Association, agrees.
“With the growing prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease dementia and the swelling population of LGBT older adults, we place a high priority on examining the intersections of Alzheimer’s disease, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression,” he said in a statement. “A more thorough and thoughtful understanding of this intersection will enable us to better meet the needs of LGBT elders living with dementia and their caregivers.”
r/h Health Day
A study conducted by the University of Michigan and published in the American Journal of Men’s Health in July looked at 160 gay men and their experiences in relationships in three cities – Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago. The study focused on domestic abuse in gay relationships compared to heterosexual couples. The study found key factors remained the same in intimate partner violence, such as drug abuse and financial insecurity, internalized homophobia in gay and bisexual men and was a major factor in male-mail domestic abuse.
“Findings revealed that IPV was more common among partners who had experienced homophobic violence and who had traditionally hegemonic views of masculinity that they had difficulty negotiating, referred to as ‘struggling to be the alpha,'” the research indicated.
The study interviewed both members of the couple in separate settings, which allowed both to be open and express the degree to which they are subject to, and perpetrated, abuse in the relationship. Researchers separated the study into five sections: “physical and sexual,” including hitting partner and rape, “emotional,” such as criticizing choices and behavior, “controlling,” as in preventing seeing family or friends, “monitoring,” reading emails and text messages, and “HIV-related” lying about HIV status and intentional transmission of HIV. The couples were recruited to be “serodiscordant,” meaning that one partner is infected by HIV and the other one is not.
45.6% of couples reported some form of abuse with their partners. 33.6% reported emotional violence, one in five reported monitoring violence, 9.7% experienced physical violence and 6.8% reported controlling behavior.
Rob Stephenson the lead author and a professor of nursing and director of the Center of Sexuality and Health Disparity hopes the studies finding can help facilitate changes in doctors and how they perceive domestic abuse.
The lead author of the study, University of Michigan professor of nursing and director of the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparity Rob Stephenson, hopes that the findings will change doctors’ perception of domestic abuse. “If you just looked at physical and sexual violence in male couples, it’s about 25 to 30 percent, roughly the same as women.”
The research sampling is limited, it is consistent with previous studies on domestic violence between same-sex couples. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2013 found that the rates of abuse in same-sex relationships were similar to those in heterosexual couples. In a study conducted by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, just one year later found higher rates of domestic violence in same-sex couples compared to opposite-sex ones.
“There are external stressors, like discrimination and violence against gays, and there are internal stressors, such as internalized negative attitudes about homosexuality,” Richard Carroll, a psychologist and co-author of the Northwestern research.
Nick Bertke, better known as ‘Pogo’ released a video in which he explained why he hates gay people and went so far as to cheer the Pulse nightclub massacre went viral yesterday. Well, it appears that he’s now backtracking in an attempt to address the outrage he provoked by releasing a distasteful video.
Bertke claims in the video, as well as past blog posts were about evils of feminism were an attempt to “grind the gears” of individuals on the internet who are prone to requiring trigger warnings and draw them out (I’m still not sure what the hell that is supposed to mean). Bertke stated; “The things I said in this video I think have deserved the reception that the video has had…I love confusing people…Then I took it too far [and created the ‘fagottron’ video].”
He further added: “There is no pinch of salt big enough to be taken with what I have said. It’s all good and well for me to open a valve and to draw people out into the open – people I don’t like, you know, hypocrites etcetera, but I feel very strongly that it’s been very naive behavior on my part. If I’m going to tuck my tail between my legs and admit anything it’s that these posts and these videos and these things I’ve made for the sake of being edgy have not contributed to any productive conversation.”
But let’s not forget that Mr. Bertke is a fan of Milo Yiannopoulos and other alt-right and conservative figures. “I like some of the things people like Milo Yiannopoulos say, but I don’t like the way he says them. He’ll get up in front of a crowd of people and bash the indigenous people of Australia. He’ll speak in a very sort of derogatory, very provocative way, and I’ve often found myself thinking, ‘is that productive?'”
He hoped the video didn’t cause anyone (especially gay) people to want to kill or harm themselves: “It has never been my intention to hurt people.” He added: “Apparently I hate gay people…Many of my friends and supporters are gay. There is definitely a degree of irony.”
Typical that he would suggest you refer to his family for moral clarification and to somehow absolve himself of the words he used to describe gay individuals and that this is a process of him growing up. “if you ask my family members, and closest friends, they’ll all tell you the same thing, ‘Nick’s just being an asshole’…It’s a part of me that I think is slowly growing up…if you have recognized the jokes you have my deepest appreciation,” he stated.
The simple fact is that words have meaning and those meanings have a direct impact on those around you. This video was done in poor taste, extremely upsetting to those who lived through the Pulse shootings. Furthermore to claim this was done in some attempt to “wake” people up and provoke discussion is simply an excuse for your lack of sympathy and appreciation for human life.