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Apps, PrEP and chemsex: opposing forces in HIV prevention for men who have sex with men

British Association of Sexual Health & HIV Spring Conference, Oxford, 10th July, 2016

Speakers: Adam Bourne

This invited plenary presentation sought to examine the various factors that may contribute to continued HIV transmission among men who have sex with men (MSM) as well as those technologies or intervention types that have acted in opposition in trying to reduce the burden of the epidemic. In considering the evidence of impact relating to each of these factors or technologies, Adam aimed to reinforce the importance of a combination HIV prevention approach. No one strategy is sufficient in our response to an epidemic of HIV and other STIs and we must be wary of singular solutions to a complex problem. Similarly, while staying attentive to new potential threats, such as chemsex and increased app use, it’s important that we don’t lose sight of the many other personal and social factors that we have long known can contribute to sexual ill-health for MSM.

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