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We Asked Nigerian Students About Transactional Sex on Campus

In this article reprinted from The Conversation, two researchers discuss the importance of their recent study findings.

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Stories of African-American Women Aging With HIV: 'My Life Wasn't What I Hoped It to Be'

"HIV for African-American women has never been a single issue, separate from histories of addiction, trauma and poverty," Thurka Sangaramoorthy writes.

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The Freddie Mercury Story That Goes Untold in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

"The film has been dogged by accusations of homophobia," writes Laurie Marhoefer. "But as a gay historian, I keep coming back to something else –- the tragic history that's glaringly absent from this movie."

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Stop Blaming PrEP for the Rise in STIs -- the Picture Is More Complex Than That

"PrEP must not be cast as the lone villain in the syphilis crisis, nor MSM engaging in chemsex cast as debauched vectors of transmission."

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Hip-Hop and HIV -- One Rap Song's Positive Message Still Holds True

"This song is more than a protest. It deals with the prejudices surrounding HIV and AIDS as well as having an educational angle," Adam de Paor-Evans writes.

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Chemsex and PrEP Reliance Are Fuelling a Rise in Syphilis Among Men Who Have Sex With Men

Syphilis is back and spreading quickly. What makes the resurgence of syphilis somewhat different this time is that the vast majority of these new cases are being found among men who have sex with men.

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AIDS: Homophobic and Moralistic Images of 1980s Still Haunt Our View of HIV -- That Must Change

"We must consider what AIDS meant to people in the 1980s and 1990s, and what HIV still means today," João Florêncio writes.

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Do Some People Really Want to Get HIV? I Spoke to 'Bug Chasers' Around the World to Find Out

Why would anybody want to get infected with HIV? That is what most people ask when they first hear about "bug chasing."

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We Should Take Fungal Infections More Seriously. Here's Why.

Some fungal diseases can be extremely serious and, particularly for those with compromised immune systems, even life threatening. People living with HIV are among those most at risk.

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Outdated, Punitive Laws Are Encouraging HIV Stigma in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's punitive law around the transmission of HIV remains on the statute books -- and it's enforced despite the fact that it is widely acknowledged as undermining a country's public health policies and strategies.