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  • Only three in 10 Americans have HIV under control: government report

    Just 30 percent of Americans living with HIV have the virus in check, putting others at risk of infection, U.S. health officials said yesterday. The report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 840,000 of the 1.2 million people infected with HIV in 2011 were not consistently taking anti-HIV drugs that keep the virus suppressed at very low levels.

    26 November 2014 | Reuters
  • Hong Kong's new HIV cases hit record high with 195 people diagnosed in Q3

    A total of 195 new HIV cases were reported Hong Kong in the third quarter of the year, the highest number ever in a single quarter, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection said yesterday, while a separate survey found that the infection rate among gay men had risen almost two percentage points. More than 85 per cent of new HIV cases were in men, most aged from 20 to 29. HIV prevalence in gay men has risen from 4.1% to 5.9% - a 44% increase in a single year - though this new estimate may partly be due to more people coming forward to be tested.

    26 November 2014 | South China Morning Post
  • Greece: new HIV cases fall in 2013 due to halving of infections in injecting drug users

    Health authorities in Greece say the number of HIV infections fell in 2013 for the first time since the start of the financial crisis. In its annual report issued Tuesday, Greece's Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of new infections nationwide fell by 20%, from 920 last year from 1,188 in 2012. This is largely due to a 52% decline in infections in people who inject drugs after a sharp spike in infections in 2012.

    26 November 2014 | Greek Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Rumours of the demise of HIV have been greatly exaggerated

    Two years ago, the “beginning of the end” of AIDS was announced. It included the promise of reducing HIV transmission by reducing the amount of infectious virus in the population. But disease control will fail unless we understand and plan for its translation within complex and adaptive systems. People take up technologies and use them in unanticipated ways. Cultures develop resistance in the same way that bacteria do. We will only ever approach the beginning of the end of AIDS if and when we bear these things in mind.

    25 November 2014 | The Conversation
  • AIDS is No. 1 Killer of African Teenagers

    HIV among teenagers is devastating families in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, where AIDS has become the leading cause of death among adolescents. One reason for this shocking teen death toll is the low number of adolescents on antiretroviral treatment (ART).

    25 November 2014 | Inter Press Service
  • Invisible sexuality: older adults missing in sexual health research

    The Australian Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR), the latest findings of which were released recently, has much to commend it. Like its counterpart, the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL), it provides an illustration of sexual practices of today’s adults. Both studies leave out a significant proportion of the population – older adults.

    24 November 2014 | The Conversation
  • South Africa: HIV infection highest among men who have sex with men

    Almost half of the men who have sex with men in Durban are HIV infected and about a quarter of such men in Johannesburg and Cape Town have HIV, according to a Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) study that was released on Tuesday.

    11 November 2014 | Mail & Guardian
  • New HIV infections falling in US, MSM still top list, CDC reports

    HIV incidence—the rate of new infections—fell in the United States from 2008 through 2012, according to the latest surveillance report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But because the US population grew, the number of new HIV infections remained stable over that period.

    11 November 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • More straight people than gay people being diagnosed with HIV in Kent

    Straight people being diagnosed with HIV in Kent now outnumber gay people who are diagnosed, according to a new study. The research, carried out at Canterbury Christ Church University, found that the number of diagnoses among men who have sex with men is now lower than for straight people.

    11 November 2014 | Pink News
  • 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.

    26 October 2014 | AllAfrica
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