Researchers have found no benefits from a decade-long attempt to curb the spread of HIV in Africa by promoting abstinence and monogamy. The U.S. has spent more than $1.4 billion since 2004 telling young people in Africa to abstain from sex before marriage and then commit to a single partner. That funding didn’t influence the number of sex partners people had, the age at which they started having sex, or teen pregnancy rates, according to a study published on Monday. See http://www.aidsmap.com/page/2949285/
04 May 2016 | Bloomberg
The UNGASS was certainly not a success for the defenders of the status quo. The consensus on punitive prohibition has been well and truly ripped apart at the seams. This UNGASS demonstrates the impact civil society pressure can achieve. The drug policy reform movement will continue to grow into a formidable global social movement towards 2019. The collective demand for change will grow ever louder leading to sustainable and seismic break-throughs at national, regional and ultimately UN levels.
04 May 2016 | International Drug Policy Consortium
The number of new HIV infections occurring annually in the United States decreased by an estimated 11 percent from 2010 to 2015, while the HIV transmission rate decreased by an estimated 17 percent during the same time period, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Pennsylvania.
04 May 2016 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
What do we want the next administration to do to reduce the burden of the HIV epidemic in the United States? Thus far, two of the presidential candidates have published HIV policy statements online, and have agreed to meet with HIV advocates and stakeholders in the days ahead. That is an encouraging start, but we hope all of the candidates will share their views on HIV. Here we share our partial wish list for the next administration (and we hope that others working to address HIV in the U.S. will add to or refine this list in commentary).
04 May 2016 | Huffington Post
Last week, the working draft for 2016 UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS was released with only a few days for comments. Called the Zero draft, like previous statements produced every five years, it is a list of observations, comments and goals. But using the UN Statement as a platform of human rights has become disconnected from the scientific and medical advances in HIV over the last five years. The bulk of the draft document could have been written at any time during the epidemic, certainly most of it could have been written in 2011. There is only one reference to dramatic changes in the WHO 2015 guidelines and only two references to PrEP.
28 April 2016 | i-Base
Men who view more sexually explicit pornography where condoms were used were less likely to have anal sex without a condom themselves. A study shows evidence that suggests pornography can have an important protective function by encouraging men to use condoms. The research is among the first to examine the relationship between sexually explicit media and the frequency of condomless anal encounters.
28 April 2016 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Ethics panels may be hindering HIV prevention efforts by requiring gay and bisexual adolescents to get parental consent before taking part in research, experts suggest.
21 April 2016 | Reuters
The co-facilitators of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, Patricia Mwaba Kasese-Bota, Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations, and Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, have released the zero draft of the 2016 Political Declaration: on the Fast-Track to end AIDS in the age of sustainable development.
20 April 2016 | UNAIDS
Since last year’s release of Chemsex, described by the Guardian as a “scary but valuable documentary”, the drug-fuelled sexual practices of some gay men have increasingly become a matter of heated debate, both within the gay community and in the national press. But “chemsex” is not receiving the depth of critical analysis it badly needs.
14 April 2016 | The Conversation
This brief has been produced by the Alliance in partnership with UNAIDS and follows on from the 2015 UNAIDS reference paper, Fast Tracking Combination Prevention. It is intended for advocates from community-led organisations and to support them as they engage with policy makers at national, district and local levels to advocate for combination HIV prevention and shape their country’s HIV programmes.
05 April 2016 | International HIV/AIDS Alliance