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Stephen Hicks

Stephen Hicks

Stephen Hicks is a writer and public health advocate with a background in sexual health and harm reduction. He is based in Washington, D.C.

Latest by Stephen Hicks

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News

HIV Testing Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men Remains 'Suboptimal,' Study Finds

Black men who have sex with men test in high numbers over a lifetime, but not frequently or recently.

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News

FDA Approves First Throat and Rectal Tests for Detecting Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

These two tests make it easier to diagnose sexually transmitted infections that often go untreated.

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News

Making Trans Women Count in HIV Vaccine Trials

"For us who focus on HIV prevention research, it is paramount that we go where the epidemic is in this country," said Michele Andrasik, Ph.D.

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News

Despite Uptick, Black and Latinx People Have Relatively Low Participation in HIV Vaccine Trials

HIV vaccine researchers are working to study and solve the problem, with a focus on how researchers themselves can more deeply build and earn trust.

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Features

From Incarceration to Post-Release, Local Programs Improve Inmate Care for HIV and Hepatitis C

Two models, one from Washington State and another from Los Angeles County, can be duplicated elsewhere to get people into care, experts say.

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Men Who Have Sex With Men

CDC: Most HIV Transmissions Are From People Who Are Not in Care

More than 80 percent of U.S. HIV transmissions in 2016 were from people who were unaware of their status or had been diagnosed but lost to follow-up.

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News

Staying on PrEP is Significantly Different for PrEP Users With Commercial Insurance Versus Medicaid

Young adults, blacks, cisgender women, and people in rural areas, as well as people on Medicaid, were less likely to persist on PrEP.

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African-Americans

Black Gay and Bisexual Men Demonstrate High PrEP Adherence in Hotly Anticipated Study

This study shows that with the right supportive services, black men who have sex with men will use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and with very high adherence.

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Sexually Transmitted Infections

PrEP Use Doesn't Increase STIs Among Black MSM, New Study Shows

Some have expressed concern that, as PrEP use increases in the U.S., so will the transmission of other STIs. A new study pushes back against that worry.

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Incarcerated People

To Understand Challenges Black Men With HIV Face on Re-Entry From Prisons, an Intersectional Approach Is Needed, Study Shows

There are multiple reasons why re-entry into communities from prison for black men with HIV is a difficult proposition, according to a recent study.