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Young people speak out against stigma of youth condom use

Young people around the world are not receiving clear messages or support to use condoms to prevent HIV infection, according to delegates at the AIDS 2014 conference.

Published
25 July 2014
From
Key Correspondents
How will people use PrEP? iPrEx users talk condoms, pills, anxiety and relief

Interviews with participants in the US sites of the iPrEx study of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) show that participants who took it mainly used it as an additional

Published
25 July 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Could HIV treatment mean safer sex?

A meta-analysis of every study that has looked at the sexual behaviour of people after starting HIV treatment has found not a single instance of so-called

Published
24 July 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Female Condoms’ New Fit Adds Pleasure to Fight Disease

Researchers' plans for a new female condom moved closer to reality. The product was one of 11 contraceptive projects to win $1.1 million in exploration grants from billionaire Bill Gates’s philanthropic foundation, and one of three focused on women. The aim is to improve on earlier female condoms with a product that’s easy to use and enjoyable to help protect women.

Published
18 July 2014
From
Bloomberg
More young Australian women contract HIV on overseas trips, say counsellors

Increasing numbers of young Australian women travelling overseas during their gap year or for working holidays are contracting HIV, frontline sexual health workers say, prompting them to call for targeted awareness campaigns. The chief executive of the HIV support organisation Living Positive Victoria, Brent Allan, has been working in HIV and AIDS advocacy since the early 1990s and said he is encountering more women who have contracted the virus overseas.

Published
26 June 2014
From
The Guardian
India: Health Minister Questions Stress on Condoms in AIDS Fight

India’s new health minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, has said that he would like to see a change in the way that the government promotes awareness of AIDS and H.I.V., with more emphasis on “promoting the integrity of the sexual relationship between husband and wife,” which he said was “part of our culture.”

Published
23 June 2014
From
New York Times
Ethiopia’s Condom Dilemma

Which is the better approach: to price condoms just like any other product, or to treat them as potential lifesavers that should be available to anyone, anywhere, free at any time?

Published
23 June 2014
From
New York Times
Vietnam's counterfeit condom crisis

A new report warning that nearly half of the commercially-available condoms in Vietnam are of poor quality has health officials worried the country's tenuous gains in safer sex habits could be at risk.

Published
10 June 2014
From
IRIN Plus News
Gates Foundation funds female condoms and Trojan cows

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced funding for several projects which are attempting to reinvent the condom. The proposals focus on changing the materials or surface texture of existing condoms, with several suggestions of finding a way to make it more closely mimic human skin, the use of soft, pliant silicone and the use of polyester, which would be not only be a thinner, but more eco-friendly option.

Published
06 June 2014
From
Wired
Model shows potential for substantial long-term HIV risk for serodifferent couples, even with new prevention tools

A mathematical model derived from current knowledge about the efficacy of various different prevention strategies has found that, based on these data, the risk of HIV transmission

Published
27 May 2014
By
Michael Carter
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