‘Scoping’ location: the role of ‘place’/’space’ as an influence on HIV outcomes amongst young MSM

Bauermeister & Stephenson (B&S) is a scoping review addressing the impact of location – ‘space’ and ‘place’ – on HIV prevention and care outcomes for young MSM (YMSM).  It owes much to Diaz & Ayala and their concern to view human behaviour in terms of ‘social location’ ‘within a context of social oppressive factors’ rather […]

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Shared needles for Viagra injection fuel STIs among the Korean elderly

UK BBC radio’s 4’s Korean correspondent, Lucy Williamson refers in last Tuesday’s Crossing Continents to a category of STI transmission through IVDU, which is unlikely to be familiar to our readers.  A recent article in the Korea Times  gives further details.  The individuals at risk are the 16% of South Korean seniors (65+) in Seoul […]

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HIV impact of ObamaCare reduced by US Supreme Court decision

What impact will the roll-out of the US Affordable Care Act (ACA) – ObamaCare – have on health insurance coverage of people with HIV?  A recently published “issue brief” on behalf of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a first estimate (Kates & Garfield (K&G)). The ACA includes a provision to […]

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How does neighbourhood impact on STI (Chlamydia) risk?

The influence of neighbourhood on STI (and more particularly Chlamydia) acquisition is widely recognized fact.  Biello & Nikkolai argue for UK urban populations that neighbourhood socio-economic status (SES) is more closely correlated with Chlamydia risk than individual SES (http://sti.bmj.com/content/87/7/560.abstract?sid=88b6a7a5-11c9-472d-bd9a-39664d4142b7).  In another UK study (Birmingham), Shahmanesh & Ross find residence in neighbourhoods having certain SES characteristics […]

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