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  • Three Approaches to Beating the AIDS Epidemic in South Africa

    South Africa’s AIDS epidemic is at its worst in high-risk subgroups like gay men, prostitutes, truckers, prisoners, miners and patients who don’t take their drugs regularly. To have any hope of beating the epidemic, it must focus on such groups, experts say. Many pilot projects to do that have been started with aid from the United States government program called Pepfar. Here are some of them.

    26 August 2014 | New York Times
  • Decriminalise sex work to stop HIV, says Lord Fowler

    Speaking at the International Aids Conference in Melbourne, he said it was now widely accepted that fear of prosecution and discrimination was stopping people coming forward to be tested for HIV.

    28 July 2014 | The Independent
  • Maximizing the benefits of antiretroviral therapy for key populations

    “Maximizing the benefits of ART for key populations” grew out of discussions between the Key Affected Populations and Treatment as Prevention Working Groups of the International AIDS Society. The two groups agreed that given the rapidly changing treatment and prevention landscape in HIV, there was a need to consider a range of issues affecting treatment access, prevention choices, and the implications of new guidelines for key populations.

    24 July 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • AIDS conference told legalizing prostitution a simple way to curb HIV

    Marginalizing sex workers makes them less able to enforce condom use or seek treatment, advocate says.

    24 July 2014 | CBC
  • AIDS 2014: The Lancet Launches Special Issue on HIV and Sex Work

    A remarkable and unprecedented collaboration between scientists and community leaders, the special issue of The Lancet on HIV and sex workers was launched at a special symposium in Melbourne on Tuesday. This effort marks the first Lancet special issue that has included a community person as a guest editor and each of the papers in the issue has a sex worker as a co-author.

    23 July 2014 | Science Speaks
  • Decriminalization of sex work could reduce HIV infections

    The decriminalization of sex work could significantly decrease global HIV infections among female sex workers, leading to a reduction of at least a third in three countries examined by researchers, according to a new study.

    22 July 2014 | Washington Post
  • Advocates Voices: Sex Workers’ Perceptions of the Melbourne Declaration

    The Melbourne Declaration is strong in some aspects but fails to specifically call for the decriminalisation of sex work, our workplaces and our clients.

    18 July 2014 | BETA blog
  • WHO: People most at risk of HIV are not getting the health services they need

    Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups – men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns WHO.

    11 July 2014 | WHO press release
  • Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations

    In this new consolidated guidelines document on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations, the World Health Organization brings together all existing guidance relevant to five key populations – men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, people in prisons and other closed settings, sex workers and transgender people – and updates selected guidance and recommendations.

    11 July 2014 | World Health Organization
  • NYPD To Stop Seizing Condoms As Evidence Of Prostitution

    The New York Police Department will no longer confiscate unused condoms from suspected sex workers to be used as evidence of prostitution, ending a longstanding practice that had been criticized by civil rights groups for undermining efforts to combat AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.

    12 May 2014 | Huffington Post
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