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Uganda: Truckers Still Driving the HIV Pandemic

While the nationwide battle to reduce HIV rates continues, it has been revealed that knowledge on HIV does not always translate into safer sexual behaviour for the most-at-risk populations (MARPs). This is noted in a recently released KMCC abridged report titled; 'Long-distance truck drivers and HIV/Aids in Uganda: synthesis of information and evidence to inform response.' The report states that although majority of long- distance truck drivers are aware that engaging in unprotected sex and having multiple sexual partners increases the risk of acquiring HIV, safe sex is largely inconsistent.

Published
26 October 2014
From
AllAfrica
Linking violence against women with HIV and AIDS in Pakistan

Global literature and research shows that the relationship between violence against women and HIV risk is undeniable, complex and involves multiple pathways. Violence against women places women at an increased risk of HIV both through direct risk of infection and through creating an environment in which women are unable to adequately protect themselves from HIV...This involves chronically abusive relationships where women are repeatedly exposed to the same perpetrator.

Published
26 October 2014
From
Daily Ties, Pakistan
Phone apps could help promote sexual health in MSM

Public health experts hope smartphone apps that men who have sex with men use to meet sexual partners might help in health promotion.

Published
17 October 2014
From
The Lancet
HIV Diagnoses Among Young Gay Men: We Need to Act

I will keep saying it until I'm blue in the face: new HIV Infections have almost doubled amongst 15-24 year olds. I read my briefing over breakfast this morning and I cannot quite describe the feeling in my stomach. How can we, how can I allow this to happen, and how did these data slip out and go largely unreported this week?

Published
16 October 2014
From
Huffington Post
South Africa: New Data Shows Country May See Decline in New HIV Cases

Better care and treatment of HIV patients may be putting the country on the road to a decline in infections - and the secret lies in patients' blood, according to new data.

Published
06 October 2014
From
AllAfrica
STIs and Hep C levels at all-time high in Australia

The Kirby Institute’s Annual Surveillance Report suggests a number of STIs are continuing to increase, with syphilis and gonorrhoea leading the charge. Hepatitis C infections are also a growing health issue with more people now dying from viral hepatitis infection than from HIV when it was in its peak in the 80s and 90s.

Published
22 September 2014
From
Gay News Network
Are "Sugar Daddies" to Blame for HIV Transmission in Africa?

It was long assumed that a major driver of the vastly greater prevalence of HIV infection in Zimbabwe, South Africa and other epicenters of the African HIV epidemic is intergeneratioal sex - sepcifically, young women having sexual realtionships with older "sugar daddies". Contrary to expectations, a recent high-quality, longitudinal study showed that participation in intergenerational sex did not impact the likelihood of contracting HIV infection.

Published
05 September 2014
From
Scientific American
Arab Region Has World’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic

At a time when HIV rates have stabilised or declined elsewhere, the epidemic is still advancing in the Arab world, exacerbated by factors such as political unrest, conflict, poverty and lack of awareness due to social taboos.

Published
01 September 2014
From
Inter Press Service
Teen Anal Sex Study: 6 Unexpected Findings

Anal sex can hurt, that much seems clear. But a new study of British teenagers also reveals a few aspects of this sexual activity that are perhaps more surprising.

Published
18 August 2014
From
Live Science
The black HIV epidemic: A public health mystery—and love story—from Atlanta’s gay community

A journey with the researchers and citizens struggling with the troubling disparity in HIV diagnoses.

Published
04 August 2014
From
Washington Post
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