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New HIV cases continue to decline in D.C.

There were 396 newly reported HIV cases in 2014, a 70 percent decrease from the 1,333 cases reported in 2007, which marked the highest number of HIV cases reported in the city. Whitman-Walker Executive Director Don Blanchon said the declining number of new HIV infections in D.C. reflects the value of community wide testing, treatment on demand and prevention efforts that include pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP.

Published
09 February 2016
From
Washington Blade
HIV Outbreak In Indiana: DEA Arrests 10 People Tied To Disease Spread, Warns Against Prescription Painkillers

On Feb. 5, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Indiana announced the arrest of ten individuals who collectively orchestrated the distribution of drugs, primarily prescription painkillers and methamphetamine, to Scott County. The painkiller pills were then ground up and used intravenously. From there, it’s believed the sharing of HIV-infected needles spurned an outbreak; while Scott Country previously had an average of less than 10 new HIV cases annually, the last 13 months has seen 188 new cases.

Published
09 February 2016
From
Medical Daily
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Combatting Stigma & Cultural Stereotypes

African-Americans are infected with HIV at eight times the rate of white Americans and accounted for 44 percent of HIV diagnoses in 2014.

Published
08 February 2016
From
NewsOne
Activists United and Ignited by Urgency for HIV Prevention in Europe: EATG and AVAC call for the rollout of PrEP as a proven HIV prevention strategy

Initiated and organised entirely by the community of people living with and at risk for HIV, the second European HIV Prevention Summit brought together representatives of civil society, the pharmaceutical industry, researchers and academia in Brussels between 29 and 31 January. In addition to a thorough examination of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), the summit discussed the latest developments in the research fields of vaccines, rectal and vaginal microbicides and antibodies and their utility in HIV prevention.

Published
03 February 2016
From
EATG
Criminal laws on HIV transmission make little difference to sexual behaviour – or may make condomless sex more likely

A study comparing the sexual behaviour of American gay men living in states with or without laws that criminalise HIV transmission has found very little variation by

Published
01 February 2016
By
Roger Pebody
The Kremlin Shows the World How to Make an AIDS Crisis Worse

New HIV infections have slowed dramatically throughout the world in recent years, including in much of sub-Saharan Africa—the region worst hit by the AIDS-causing virus—but Russia is a deadly exception. Even the official figures, which most experts agree are a significant underestimation, are terrifying. Almost 1 million Russians are registered as having contracted HIV, out of a population of 143 million people, an almost twofold increase from 2010.

Published
27 January 2016
From
Newsweek
How the War in Ukraine Is Causing a Rise in HIV Infections

According to data from the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation, between January and November 2015, more than 13,000 cases of infection have been recorded in Ukraine. An uptick connected to the failure of the Health System, the destruction of medical buildings, and the shutting down of assistance programs for HIV positive people. On top of those factors, the deterioration of the economic situation in the country and the 300 percent devaluation of the Ukrainian currency, a fall of 25 percent has been registered in the purchase and distribution of condoms in 2014.

Published
26 January 2016
From
VICE
Gay Men Are Using Condoms Less, But Their Use Varies Based on Context

Condom use is declining among men who have sex with men. In a large survey of MSM in major urban areas, nearly two-thirds reported having condomless anal sex at least once during the past year, and a quarter said they had receptive anal intercourse without a condom the last time they had sex with a man. But there is also evidence that MSM use condoms at considerably variable rates depending on their own HIV status, the status of their partners, whether the partner is a main or casual one, and the sexual position.

Published
24 January 2016
From
Poz
The Forgotten AIDS Crisis in Russia

In Moscow the situation for people living with HIV is bad. In the provinces, it can be desperate.

Published
19 January 2016
From
The Daily Beast
HIV news / Russia's response to HIV: Too little, too late?

Unless the Russian government changes its policies on combating and treating HIV, the number of Russians with the virus will double in the next four years, according to Russia's Federal AIDS Center. Cultural traditions, economic weakness and Russia's standoff with the West will dampen the Kremlin's response to the HIV crisis.

Published
18 January 2016
From
EATG
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