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  • Uniting against violence and HIV

    “Not only is violence against women an extreme human rights violation, it also makes women more vulnerable to HIV infection,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Post-2015 is the opportunity to ensure all women and girls reach their full potential, without the threat of violence or risk of HIV infection.”

    13 March 2014 | UNAIDS (press release)
  • LGB individuals living in anti-gay communities die early

    In the first study to look at the consequences of anti-gay prejudice for mortality, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals who lived in communities with high levels of anti-gay prejudice have a shorter life expectancy of 12 years on average compared with their peers in the least prejudiced communities. "The results of this study suggest a broadening of the consequences of prejudice to include premature death," noted the study's lead author, Mark Hatzenbuehler, PhD, assistant professor of Sociomedical Sciences. The study is online in the journal Social Science & Medicine.

    16 February 2014 | Mailman School of Public Health
  • Is managing HIV making us more sexually liberated?

    There’s no simple answer to why gay men bareback. It’s a mixture of all of these issues, but chief among these is certainly the fact that thanks to ever advancing medication HIV is no longer regarded as a death sentence.

    30 January 2014 | Beige
  • Miriam Hospital study links intimate partner violence and risk of HIV

    The findings suggest that women involved in violent relationships fear that their partner might respond with violence if asked to use a condom, which in turn, leads to less condom use for these women.

    22 January 2014 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Government grants reduce HIV risks for teenage girls in South Africa

    A study, led by Oxford University, finds that government grants in Southern Africa reduce HIV risks for teenage girls. The study, in The Lancet Global Health, involved 3,515 young people between 2009-12 in urban and rural parts of two South African provinces. They found teenage girls from households receiving grants were two-thirds less likely to take much older boyfriends, and half as likely to have sex in exchange for money, food, school fees or shelter.

    27 November 2013 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Economist wins Polanyi Prize for research into the unfaithful

    Economist Roland Pongou has reached a curious conclusion about infidelity and sexual networks - women are less likely to cheat on their partners and, oddly, that makes them more vulnerable to HIV.

    26 November 2013 | Ottawa Citizen
  • UNAIDS Urges End to Gender-Based Violence in Effort to Reduce Risk of HIV Infection

    The United Nations agency leading the response to the AIDS epidemic is calling for an end to gender-based violence, which is not only a serious human rights violation but also increases the risk of HIV infection.

    26 November 2013 | AllAfrica
  • Startling New Map: 92 Percent of New HIV Cases are in 25 Percent of US Counties

    “It’s a great indicator of where to do testing, where to put centers. We might use this data to say, ‘How many resources do we need to help link people into HIV care,” suggested Patrick Sullivan, a professor at Emory’s school of public health and the head of AIDSVu. “Or, what is the growth in HIV load going to look like in the future, to plan for provider capacity?” The maps display cases by county, and show that 92 percent of new diagnoses between 2008 and 2011 took place in just 25 percent of U.S. counties.

    02 October 2013 | The New Republic
  • Mexico: How Male Power Spreads HIV

    The roles of gender and stigma in the epidemic in the Mexican state of Chiapas

    17 September 2013 | The Atlantic
  • To cut STD rate, Calif considers condoms in prison

    One Californian lawmaker says it's time to give prison inmates a way to practice safe sex behind bars to reduce an infection rate that experts say is much higher than that of the general population.

    08 July 2013 | SFGate
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