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World AIDS Day – 5 golden rules to prevent HIV infections
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World AIDS Day – 5 golden rules to prevent HIV infections

Sex is one of the most satisfying activities for the greatest number of human beings. But sex does not only involve your body... it must also involve your head, as if it does not, then we run serious risks. Having a fulfilling sexual life is fundamental for many people of different ages, and we do agree that sex is also a fantastic way to explore our bodies and become one only body with the other person(s) and to share with them a spiral of feelings and emotions that no words can express. So we thought about 5 golden rules to respect and follow to enjoy sex as much as possible and reduce the risk of contracting HIV, but before you start reading them, there is something you always have to remember. Sex is something you make using both your head and your body, so please, always feel your...
UK: the NHS announces a game-changing HIV treatment injected just six times a year for all patients.
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UK: the NHS announces a game-changing HIV treatment injected just six times a year for all patients.

A new long-lasting injectable treatment is approved for use in the United Kingdom, and this could really improve the lives of those living with HIV. Could this be called a “liberation” from the daily tablet(s) treatment HIV patients are used to so far? Just today, in the UK, the NHS has been given the go-ahead to roll out injections taken every two months to manage the virus: results for this research were announced back in December 2020 here.   The new treatment approved by England and Wales’ National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Scottish Medicines Consortium today, is a combination of two jabs taken every two months: this could actually help to ease the emotional burden of having to take daily tablets (1 to 4 generally) and something like 13,000 people w...
World AIDS Day – HIV treatments, vaccine and Covid-19 Pandemic.
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World AIDS Day – HIV treatments, vaccine and Covid-19 Pandemic.

Covid-19 Pandemic has put all HIV patients in serious risks and slowed down all testings and treatments. According to UNAIDS: The lockdowns and border closures imposed to stop COVID-19 are impacting both the production of antiretroviral medicines and their distribution, potentially leading to increases in their cost and to supply issues. Recent modelling has estimated that a six-month complete disruption in HIV treatment could lead to more than 500,000 additional deaths from AIDS-related illnesses. If services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV were similarly halted for six months, the estimated increases in new child HIV infections would be 162% in Malawi, 139% in Uganda, 106% in Zimbabwe and 83% in Mozambique. The global experience of tackling HIV can help info...
PrEP – What you need is a correct information – Pt.2
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PrEP – What you need is a correct information – Pt.2

Life is too short to have no care for you! Our journey into the world of PrEP continues with the help of Pietro, an expert at the Milan Checkpoint PrEP counter. We had left ourselves in Pt.1 with many questions and answers and now let's continue from here. What is its correct use for a prophylaxis that works? For PrEP to work, correct adherence is required, i.e.: taking suggested doses according to the established schedule, otherwise, the concentration of the drug in your mucous membranes is not sufficient to give effective protection from HIV. Depending on personal needs and lifestyles, it is possible to take PrEP every day, or only in view of sexual intercourse, with different dosages. Over time, it is possible to change the intake timing, or even stop the cure for a period of tim...
PrEP: what you need is a correct information – Pt.1
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PrEP: what you need is a correct information – Pt.1

There is still a long way to go when it comes to correct information about PrEP: this dark shade on it puts us in the risk of falling into mistakes and harming our-selves even more in the attempt of taking care of us. We had a chat with Pietro Vinti, responsible manager of the PrEP desk of the Milan Checkpoint - an association which offers medical and psychological support - to whom we asked a series of questions about PrEP we received from our readers. What does PrEP Mean? PrEP stands for Pre Exposure Prophylaxis. It means that by taking a specific drug before a risky sexual relationship, for example sex without condom, you can prevent the transmission of the HIV virus. The drug used was born to keep the virus under control in people who already live with HIV, but in many years of obse...
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