Archive for January, 2010

Bullshit bingo of the day: Eljibiti (30/01/10)

The other night, I was dining with someone who didn’t know their acronym from their elbow. I had to explain MSM (mice that have sex with mice; no, wait…) and had a special rant about LGBT. For the unitiated that’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. It just trips off the tongue, doesn’t it? And it […]

Is CDC’s HIV prevention trial in Thailand ethical? (24/01/10)

How ethical are HIV prevention trials? Every time we announce results of a trial that compares new HIV infections in a group with or without some new intervention (a microbicide for example, or a vaccine), some journalist or other jumps on the fact that researchers are just watching people get infected. Researchers then explain that […]

Oh Canada! Insite stays, but for how long? (19/01/10)

Great news from Vancouver: the city’s safe injecting facility, Insite, is allowed to continue saving lives. For now. It’s the second time that Insite has won a case brought by the right-wing rottweilers of prime minister Stephen Harper. This victory was in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. But Harper may decide to put more […]

Unnecessary “sex”, in a truck (12/01/10)

These gems from the delightful “blog” of “unecessary” quotation marks need no comment. Though the comments on “this post” are quite fun. And from my best side: Thanks to dkj for driving me to them.

A quiet revolution for HIV prevention: US lifts ban on funding needle exchanges (08/01/10)

For 20 years, American governments across the political spectrum have ignored a mountain of evidence showing that needle exchanges and other safe injecting programmes are the single most effective HIV prevention tool we have. But just before Christmas, with a minimum of fuss, Congress dropped the ban on federal funding for needle and syringe programmes. […]

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