The Durban 2016 AIDS Conference marks the end of "ending the HIV epidemic" as a feasible goal with the tools we have. We need new and better tools. Talk of ending AIDS has led to a widespread perception in the broader health and development community that this crisis is over. It isn't.
16 August 2016 | World Bank (blog)
A lack of comprehensive research into why young people engage in risky behaviour that can lead to HIV infection and then drop out of treatment is impeding progress in reducing prevalence in this group, said experts at a session at … more →
02 August 2016 | Key Correspondents
There are any number of arguments for boosting the education of girls in poorer nations. A person who knows more, regardless of gender, tends to earn more. The children of mothers with more education often do better themselves. Senator Tim Kaine added another item to the list, claiming, "For every extra year that a girl stays in secondary school, her chance of getting infected with HIV/AIDS decreases by half."
27 June 2016 | PolitiFact
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