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Canberra domestic violence prevention program helps bystanders interrupt abuse

A new program is empowering bystanders to recognise and intervene in domestic violence abuse situations.

The MATE program, run by the AIDS Action Council, has been designed to teach community members how to recognise abuse and have the confidence to speak out and offer help.

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PrEP: A little blue pill in the toolbox

Taken as PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), the little blue Truvada pill could be one of the most exciting and empowering tools for fighting HIV that we have seen.  PrEP is medication taken prior to having sex that stops HIV transmission from occurring. It is quickly becoming an essential part of many gay men’s options for managing their sexual health, even though it is not readily available in Australia. 

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Super-gonorrhoea’s spread

There is “huge concern” among doctors that “super-gonorrhoea” is spreading across England. The highly drug-resistant strain of the sexually transmitted superbug is at risk of becoming untreatable if the only fully effective antibiotic remaining fails, experts say.

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Get PEP : New national campaign

A new campaign from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) will seek to increase the awareness of Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, also known as PEP, amongst gay and bisexual men. PEP is a vital part of preventing HIV transmission as quick action to access PEP can stop potential HIV transmission.

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'Supercondom' backed by Gates Foundation

Austin, Texas: 'Supercondom' backed by Gates Foundation stops AIDS, enhances pleasure. Mahua Choudhury, a university researcher whose specialty is pregnancy complications, is hoping to combat the spread of AIDS in Africa by focusing on the part that precedes the pregnancy.

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HIV is Only Dangerous if You Don’t Know it’s There

Arizona Department of Health Services reframes HIV prevention in an ad campaign that moves away from fear-mongering and stigmatizing people with HIV.

John Sapero of the Arizona’s HIV Prevention Program told The New York Times, "We needed a coordinated media strategy and it needed really to focus less on fear-based messaging and more on empowering people.”

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Strategy helps prevent HIV across Australia

About 500,000 needles and syringes have been distributed to Northern Territory drug injectors in the past year. The NT’s Aids &Hepatitis Council also revealed there was a reported 7000 “episodes of service” to clients to the Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs exchange in the same period. Across the country, 30 million needles and syringes were distributed in the past 12 months.

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