Gus Cairns

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Where is PrEP?

(0) Comments | Posted 17 March 2016 | (23:33)

Some of you in the HIV field may have read this. And if you haven't, read and sign.

It's a letter to the Chief Executive of NHS England demanding to know, in my words not theirs, what the bloody hell is happening about approving pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for...

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I Am Charlie

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2015 | (11:43)

In the 30 years I've had HIV, I never expected to feel sorry, tender even, for a Hollywood actor, let alone Charlie Sheen: wanting to give this hot man-mess a hug, clap him on the back, spur him on to sober up and start living with HIV rather than dying...

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No One 'Deserves' HIV

(0) Comments | Posted 11 November 2015 | (16:55)

So everyone is frothing about The Sun's front page about the Hollywood actor with HIV.

Personally, as someone who has lived with HIV for 30 years, I wish he'd just say "Yup, I got HIV because I took some risks, but I'm on the meds now and not...

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Camila Batmanghelidjh May Have Been Incompetent - But She Wasn't Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted 6 August 2015 | (15:01)

Years before I got involved in working with HIV, and just before I got sick with AIDS myself, I spent several years working at the Central London Teenage Project*.

This, run by the Children's Society, was the first-ever Safe House in the UK for teenage runaways aged from...

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Stop Sentencing Us to Fear

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (17:39)

The gay and HIV positive campaigner and writer Tyler Curry has recently put a column in The Advocate, the US's oldest, biggest and most influential LGBT publication, that has sparked a furious reaction. It's called "6 Life Sentences That Come With HIV".

A great title, and certainly passes...

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(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2014 | (20:00)

Sometimes I wish I could stop reflexively replying to the comment columns in Blogs about PrEP. Then I read one and feel I have to reply.

Anyway, this is my response to the comments here, on the Towleroad gay blog. Which of course is a re-posting of

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D-day for the Pill for HIV

(2) Comments | Posted 4 November 2014 | (18:32)

Two studies mark a turning point in HIV prevention

The media coverage of the unexpectedly early success of two trials of pre-exposure prophylaxis - PrEP - has generally been positive, sometimes overly so ("NHS to offer tablet which can reduce HIV risk by 90%" said The Independent -...

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Killing With Kindness - How HIV Denialism Murders Women

(1) Comments | Posted 24 April 2014 | (18:03)

Today, Friday 25 April, on the 30th anniversary of the isolation of HIV, the School of Oriental and African Studies is screening a film by a German director that denies HIV is the cause of AIDS and that, instead, HIV treatments probably are.

They shouldn't show it.

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Dangerouser Sex

(3) Comments | Posted 13 March 2014 | (23:44)

The PARTNER study doesn't just tell us that HIV-positive gay guys on treatment are pretty safe. It tells us that they're safer than a lot of 'HIV negative' guys.

The big news at last week's HIV conference in Boston was a thing that didn't...

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Anti-Gay Laws Imperil Their Countries' Health, Too

(1) Comments | Posted 26 February 2014 | (15:31)

The anti-gay laws enacted in Uganda and Nigeria recently aren't just cruel: they also pretty much guarantee a renewed upsurge of HIV in the population. That's why here at Aidsmap we and the European AIDS Treatment Group have created a statement of basic principles...

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HIV at 30 - The Unfinished War

(7) Comments | Posted 30 November 2011 | (23:00)

I can't quite claim a full three decades with HIV. It was in 1984 that I turned up at a clinic with a crop of throat ulcers so impressive the doctor had a photo taken. In retrospect, they were my first HIV symptom. I tested positive a year later.


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