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  • The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases

    The college student had real concern in his eyes when he asked me a question during a recent presentation at American University. “Isn’t it true,” he asked, “that the HIV epidemic continues because people who know they are positive keep infecting other people?” It is a question I have heard before, in one way or another, and it always makes me cringe. Not only does it thrust all culpability onto those living with HIV, it also promotes a narrative that being infected with HIV chemically changes our moral fiber and transforms us into abusive monsters.

    28 April 2016 | My Fabulous Disease
  • Sub-Saharan women using modern contraceptives more likely to be HIV tested

    Women in sub-Saharan Africa who use modern contraceptives are more likely to be tested for HIV than those who do not, according to a study published April 25, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Katherine Center from the University of Arizona and colleagues.

    27 April 2016 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • China promotes self-testing kits to boost HIV battle

    China is to make HIV self-testing kits more widely available in an attempt to diagnose as many people as possible and provide them with timely treatment. The development was disclosed by the nation's leading AIDS specialist in an exclusive interview with China Daily.

    25 April 2016 | China.org.cn
  • CROI 2016: HIV trial data raises the question of how to end an epidemic when men are “missing but in action...”

    Studies highlighting HIV treatment gaps among men and how to address them.

    01 March 2016 | Science Speaks
  • Dying from a treatable disease: HIV and the men we neglect

    The international community has done a great deal to keep women and their children alive through the AIDS epidemic. It should not continue to overlook their husbands and fathers. Dedicated male-friendly HIV services are needed.

    23 February 2016 | The Conversation
  • HIV Education That Aims to Empower, Not Shame

    “We needed a coordinated media strategy and it needed really to focus less on fear-based messaging and more on empowering people,” said John Sapero, office chief for H.I.V. prevention for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

    28 December 2015 | New York Times
  • South Africa fails to put sexual health policy into practice

    In South Africa, 15% of young women and 5% of young men aged 15 to 24 are HIV positive and 50% of new HIV infections are detected in people under 29.Vuyiseka Dubula, general secretary of Treatment Action Campaign, blames poor access to contraception and HIV testing. She says sex education has been greatly improved in recent years, but schools must go further by making condoms and health advice available on site.

    19 December 2015 | The Guardian
  • Largest HIV self-testing project launches in Africa

    At the 18th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), the Self-Testing Africa (STAR) project announced the launch of the largest HIV self-testing project ever seen in Africa. Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are taking part, and in the first year alone, nearly 750,000 self-testing kits will be distributed. Over four years, an estimated 2.7 million kits will be made available to the people that need it.

    03 December 2015 | Key Correspondents
  • Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection: what’s new

    The 2015 guidelines includes 10 new recommendations to improve the quality and efficiency of services to people living with HIV. Implementation of the recommendations in these guidelines on universal eligibility for ART will mean that more people will start ART earlier.

    01 December 2015 | World Health Organization
  • Home-sampling can help tackle increasing rates of HIV infection

    In order to realise the full benefits of testing for HIV, we need to improve access to testing outside of traditional clinics, reaching out to those who may not usually engage with their local sexual health service.

    25 November 2015 | Public Health England
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