A recent report from UNAIDS said that by 2020, countries should devote 8% of its HIV resources to reducing human rights barriers to accessing services. Currently, less than 1% of Global Fund grant funds is spent on programs to reduce human rights barriers. We have to do more and we have to do it better, says Ralf Jürgens. In this commentary, Ralf describes an intensive effort that the Global Fund is implementing in 15-20 countries, as well as other initiatives the Fund has planned.
11 May 2016 | Global Fund Observer
The wide-ranging plan would have five objectives, he said, which include decreasing infections in girls and young women, and decreasing teenage pregnancies.
Other objectives were decreasing sexual and gender-based violence and keeping girls in school until matric.
10 May 2016 | News24
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/ for more on this issue.
04 May 2016 | Bloomberg
Hook-up apps’ tumultuous crusade into the heartlands of the dating scene have been well documented, with the decline in relationship intimacy and rise in sexually transmitted infections all being attributed to their use. It’s for that reason 56 Dean Street, a Soho-based sexual health clinic which sees 13,000 patients walk through its doors each month, has developed a service designed to tackle the new problems online dating presents.
30 March 2016 | Daily Telegraph
Anyone who was following the HIV epidemic in 2001 found the news shocking: a massive study of young gay men in the United States found that a whopping 32 percent of those who were black had HIV. Why, after some 15 years of widespread campaigns in gay communities urging condom use, was the HIV rate among black men so staggeringly high—and still rising? Today, many researchers have shifted their attention to PrEP, a breakthrough that, they hope, will simplify things considerably. But the effort to turn PrEP’s promise into a reality is providing insight that is valuable beyond HIV. The long, failing attempt to crack the riddle of black gay men’s higher HIV rate is a cautionary tale for any public-health system operating in a world with endemic inequity.
01 March 2016 | The Nation
The HIV and TB epidemics in the Bronx (USA) and Tugela Ferry (South Africa) tell a story of a disease that goes beyond a plot line of host and pathogen,, with a common theme of human rights and social justice said Dr. Gerald Friedland of Yale University’s School of Medicine, in the N’Galy-Mann lecture on the opening night of this conference.
24 February 2016 | Science Speaks
Black gay men, in particular, are bearing the brunt of these intersecting factors, leading them to experience higher rates of depression as well as increased HIV risks and negative health outcomes, including early death. Bottom line: Depression is teaming up with HIV to kill black gay men. But why?
15 February 2016 | HIVPlus Mag
Reducing incarceration in a community may reduce the number of sexual partners men and women have, therefore reducing the spread of sexually transmitted infections.
09 February 2016 | EurekAlert
American states with higher spending on social services and public health -- such as education and income support -- per person living in poverty (according to the federal poverty threshold) had significantly lower HIV/AIDS case rates and fewer AIDS deaths.
04 February 2016 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
HIV/AIDS activists and physicians now emphasize the socioeconomic barriers that keep some people living with HIV from consistently obtaining and using antiretroviral drugs to remain healthy. Addressing patients’ social and economic challenges is complicated and not reimbursable.
04 January 2016 | Kaiser Health News