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Abstinence-only curriculum is not sex education, judge rules

California’s sex-education law prohibits school districts from indoctrinating students on the need to remain celibate before marriage or teaching them that abstinence is the only safe way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, a judge has ruled.

Published
14 May 2015
From
SFGate
Lottery Ticket Approach Leads to Drastic Reduction in HIV Prevalence

Researchers funded by the World Bank arrived at a wildly unorthodox and unexpectedly effective strategy for preventing HIV in the African nation of Lesotho: A lottery program that offered participants an opportunity to win cash on the condition that they tested negative for sexually transmitted infections. “As risky sexual behavior, which is responsible for the vast majority of new HIV infections, also involves a risky gamble, lottery programs may better target those at higher risk of getting infected by HIV,” the authors wrote in a World Bank working paper published in March.

Published
13 May 2015
From
Foreign Policy
Are scare tactics off the table for public health campaigns targeting HIV?

Over the last 10 years, public health campaigns in New York City around smoking, obesity, and HIV underwent a dramatic shift to use fear and disgust to spur behavior change, sometimes with the unintended consequence of stigmatizing affected populations. In a new article, scholars explore the implications of this shift to fear-based campaigns in the present public health environment.

Published
06 May 2015
From
Science Daily
Texas Bill Cuts HIV Funding, Boosts Abstinence Education

Texas would cut $3 million in state funds for programs to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and put that money toward abstinence education under a Republican-sponsored measure advanced by the state House.

Published
01 April 2015
From
ABC News
Financial incentives did not improve linkage to care or viral suppression in US study

A US study which offered patients gift cards to present themselves for HIV care after testing, and also to stay in care and maintain an undetectable viral

Published
28 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
US PEPFAR abstinence and faithfulness funding had no impact on sexual behaviour in Africa

Nearly US$1.3 billion spent on US-funded programmes to promote abstinence and faithfulness in sub-Saharan Africa had no significant impact on sexual behaviour in 14 countries in sub-Saharan

Published
26 February 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
What We Know About HIV Transmission Should Influence PrEP Messaging

It is pretty clear that those who are diagnosed with HIV who are in care and on medicine are not spreading the virus. So why do people continue to discuss PrEP solely in the context of having known HIV-positive partners? And in what ways do we still stigmatize people living with HIV in our discussions around PrEP as a tool to bridge the viral divide?

Published
26 February 2015
From
The Body
PrEP in the Spotlight: Sound Bites from Creating Change

As more and more people start to talk about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), how can we make sure that people are hearing accurate information about this effective way to prevent HIV? What are the messages that resonate with people who might benefit from PrEP, and how can we get the word out to increase PrEP awareness and uptake?

Published
23 February 2015
From
BETA blog
HIV Positive Guys Need To Consider Going On Meds Earlier — ACON

MORE HIV-positive men need to think about starting treatment straight after diagnosis if ambitious targets to end HIV transmission by 2020 are to be met, the head of New South Wales based LGBTI health body ACON has said. The comments come as the organisation launches a major new sexual health campaign that also aims to clear up confusion surrounding one of the newest buzzwords in the HIV lexicon: "undetectable".

Published
23 February 2015
From
Star Observer
HIV testing continues to rise in UK gay men, but safer sex knowledge drops

With health services and HIV prevention organisations now having relentlessly focused on HIV testing for several years, new data suggest that more English gay men have recently

Published
20 February 2015
By
Roger Pebody
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