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The Blesser's Curse

How sugar daddies and vaginal microbes created the world’s largest HIV epidemic.

Published
23 March 2018
From
The Atlantic
HIV, syphilis cluster in teens, adults found in Milwaukee

At least 125 people — including some high school students — have contracted HIV, syphilis or both in one of the largest sexually transmitted infection “clusters” seein in the USA. Most of those in the group are men and 45% were HIV positive, according to the Milwaukee Jornal-Sentionel.

Published
12 March 2018
From
USA Today
The Kremlin won't admit that Russia's HIV epidemic is getting worse

Russia is in the throes of an HIV/AIDS epidemic with 100,000 new cases recorded every year — one of the highest rates of new infections in the world — and fewer than half of those diagnosed even receive treatment.

Published
27 February 2018
From
VICE News
There's an uptick in HIV in these millennial groups. Here's why.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a report about HIV trends for people under 30 in the U.S., and the numbers show an increase in one particular group: 25- to 29-year-olds. Rates of HIV testing are low among millennials.

Published
27 February 2018
From
Mashable
How Social Conservatism Fueled Russia's HIV Epidemic

Putin turned to the Orthodox Church to help consolidate his rule. And the Church cracked down on sensible approaches to sexually transmitted diseases. Now, Russia has a crisis on its hands..

Published
26 February 2018
From
Politico
New Study Reveals How A Specific Colonial Legacy Determines Female HIV Rates in Africa

A new peer-reviewed study finds that the legacy of the legal system of a country’s former colonizer has a significant effect on HIV rates in the country. Different legal systems approached property rights for married women in different ways.

Published
22 February 2018
From
UN Dispatch
Preventing and treating HIV in Saint Petersburg

According to the Centre for AIDS Prevention and Control in Saint Petersburg in the Russian Federation, fewer people are becoming infected with HIV in the city. “Ten years ago, Saint Petersburg was among the top five most affected cities in the Russian Federation. Now it is only the 14th most affected,” said Denis Gusev, Head Physician of the AIDS centre.

Published
21 February 2018
From
UNAIDS
Philippines HIV cases soar 3147% in 10 years as Duterte says condoms 'not satisfying'

Faced with sexual health crisis of epidemic proportions, Philippine President advises against using protection.

Published
21 February 2018
From
The Independent
South Africa: Focus on blessers driving HIV

They are known as the players, plyers, sugar daddies or blessers. They enter into relationships with young girls as a transaction: you give me unprotected sex and I give you money, a cell phone, airtime, new clothes, make up, school fees, a car, whatever you or your family might need. South African healthcare workers should actively implement and support strategies that target people at risk and “blessers” who are driving the HIV epidemic among young women.

Published
15 February 2018
From
Medical Brief
Majority of over-65s would like more sex, survey finds

The charity Independent Age said its survey showed age was "no barrier to having a sex life". A third are happy to have sex on a first date but most did not take any precautions against sexually transmitted infections when they started having sex with a new partner.

Published
14 February 2018
From
BBC
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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