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  • More secondary schooling reduces HIV risk

    Longer secondary schooling substantially reduces the risk of HIV infection -- especially for girls -- and could be a very cost-effective way to halt the spread of the virus, according to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In a study in Botswana, researchers found that, for each additional year of secondary school, students lowered their risk of HIV infection by 8 percentage points about a decade later, from 25 percent to about 17 percent infected.

    29 June 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • South Africa: Almost 10 percent of HIV-positive women report forced sterilisation

    South Africa’s first national HIV stigma index has found that seven percent of HIV-positive women surveyed reported being sterilised against their will and about 40 percent reported contraception was a pre-requisite of accessing antiretrovirals (ARVs).

    10 June 2015 | Health-e
  • When Sex Ed Discusses Gender Inequality, Sex Gets Safer

    A new study shows a "striking" difference in effectiveness between programs that address gender and power, and those that don't.

    01 June 2015 | The Atlantic
  • Fighting HIV where no-one admits it's a problem

    For years Russia has remained remarkably silent on the challenge it faces from HIV and Aids. Now that silence has been broken by an epidemiologist who has been working in the field for more than two decades - and he calls the situation "a national catastrophe".

    20 May 2015 | BBC
  • Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'

    A UK study on why teenage heterosexual couples may engage in anal sex has revealed a climate of coercion, with consent and mutuality not always a priority for the boys who are trying to persuade girls into having it.

    19 May 2015 | Independent
  • Condom use higher in young HIV-positive women with gender-equal views

    Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the study found that HIV-positive South African women under the age of 26 were more likely to have used a condom during their last episode of sexual intercourse if they had more gender-equal views, compared with women whose views were more male dominated.

    05 May 2015 | Medical News Today
  • Québec researchers call for interventions to support HIV-positive mothers

    A team of researchers at several universities and clinics in Montreal conducted a study to explore issues related to healthcare access and mental health among HIV-positive mothers. In detailed interviews with 100 mothers, the researchers uncovered several issues that affected the women’s mental health. The team made recommendations for doctors, nurses and other care providers, which, if implemented, could greatly improve the mental health and wellbeing of HIV-positive women who have children.

    14 April 2015 | CATIE
  • Zimbabwe’s female condom success story takes new form

    Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health is currently gathering evidence on acceptance of a new Cupid Female Condom before rolling it out.

    13 April 2015 | Key Correspondents
  • Uganda: women and girls bear burden of HIV caregiving

    James Odong explores how the burden of caregiving falls heavily on girls, affecting their quality of life and education opportunities, as well as bringing added vulnerabilities.

    07 April 2015 | Key Correspondents
  • Predictors of HIV-related peripheral neuropathy in the modern era

    Researchers at major clinical centres in the U.S. have collaborated to study potential causes of peripheral neuropathy (PN) among HIV-positive people in the modern era. They recruited about 500 people who were free from PN and monitored them for an average of two years, performing extensive assessments. Taking into account many issues, statistical analysis found that there were several factors associated with an increased risk for PN.

    01 April 2015 | CATIE
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