HIV Among MSM in London Spreading in "Bursts," Study Finds
March 20, 2008
HIV among men who have sex with men in London is spreading in "bursts," according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh and London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and recently published in PLoS Medicine, BBC News reports (BBC News, 3/18).
Brown added that such transmission patterns have been found before among injection drug users but had not previously been found in people who contracted HIV through sexual contact. He said the "tightness of the clusters" is "frightening" and brings up concerns about the possibility that a drug-resistant form of HIV could "spread quickly, spreading a mini-epidemic" (BBC News, 3/18).
According to Brown, the findings suggest that messages about safer sex practices are "not getting through." The researchers recommended that HIV prevention programs target bars and night clubs and be communicated over the Internet to curb sexual transmission of the virus (PA/Arbroath Herald, 3/19). "It is important that information on the virus is available to [MSM] in the local areas where they are known to meet, to try to arrest the spread of HIV/AIDS," Brown said (BBC News, 3/18).
The study is available online.
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