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The Future is Now

There’s an average of one HIV diagnosis every 18 hours in Ireland, half of those are gay and bisexual men. Meanwhile in England, recent data reveals the first downturn in HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men since records began. Not only do we have a health crisis on our hands, says Will St Leger of ACT UP Dublin, we have a political crisis too.
At first glance London’s state-of-the art Dean Street Express sexual health clinic looks a bit like a stylish hotel.

For more than 30 years, condoms were our main HIV prevention method. Although it may not be obvious from where we sit now, it’s worth recognising that the embrace of condoms by the gay community to prevent HIV was an astonishing public health achievement. And it’s one that was pioneered by the community itself – community activists designed the first safe-sex materials and promoted condoms years before politicians and public health officials did.

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Will St Leger contrasts the disparate standards of sexual health services offered in Ireland and the UK; five of the LGBT+ community's most ardent female activists speak with us ahead of International Women’s Day; Ciara Mc Grattan catch-up with the gladiators of the Gay Games 2018; we coax some members of the Bear community out of the woods to tell us about their cuddly culture; PLUS all the best news, gossip, comedy and much more!
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