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AIDS 2012 Recap: The Lancet Symposia Series on MSM and HIV

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The medical journal The Lancet published a July 2012 special series exploring the unique aspects of the HIV epidemic in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), showing that it is factors such as the biology of anal sex, the characteristics of MSM networks, and known behavioral factors that are driving the epidemic in this population. The Fenway Institute’s Dr. Kenneth H. Mayer contributed an article to this special series titled Comprehensive care in health services for MSM: caring for the whole man. The series was highlighted at a Tuesday, July 24 symposium at the XIX 
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The main hall at the International AIDS Conference

Fenway abstracts at the International AIDS Conference

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Staff from Fenway Health and The Fenway Institute had a number of abstracts accepted to the XIX International AIDS Conference. The Scientific Programme Committee received 11,715 abstract submission for the conference and only selected about one-third of the highest-quality abstracts reflecting a diversity of topics, regions and key affected populations. You can view an overview of Fenway’s accepted abstracts here (PDF). Leigh Evans and Jon Vincent Leigh Evans (left) and Jon Vincent from The Fenway Institute pose in front of their poster, “Added value of using peer observations to monitor fidelity of behavioral interventions for HIV prevention” (Evans L, Sass 
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New Study Finds Greatly Elevated HIV Infection Rates Among Young Black Gay and Bisexual Men in the U.S.

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Study results released today by the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) show disturbing rates of new HIV infections occurring among Black gay and bisexual men in the U.S. (also known as men who have sex with men, or MSM), particularly young Black MSM. The HPTN 061 study showed that the overall rate of new HIV infection among Black MSM in this study was 2.8% per year, a rate that is nearly 50% higher than in white MSM in the U.S. Even more alarming, HPTN 061 found that young Black MSM—those 30 years of age and younger—acquired HIV infection at a 
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