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Rumours of the demise of HIV have been greatly exaggerated

Two years ago, the “beginning of the end” of AIDS was announced. It included the promise of reducing HIV transmission by reducing the amount of infectious virus in the population. But disease control will fail unless we understand and plan for its translation within complex and adaptive systems. People take up technologies and use them in unanticipated ways. Cultures develop resistance in the same way that bacteria do. We will only ever approach the beginning of the end of AIDS if and when we bear these things in mind.

Published
18 hours ago
From
The Conversation
AIDS is No. 1 Killer of African Teenagers

HIV among teenagers is devastating families in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, where AIDS has become the leading cause of death among adolescents. One reason for this shocking teen death toll is the low number of adolescents on antiretroviral treatment (ART).

Published
18 hours ago
From
Inter Press Service
Invisible sexuality: older adults missing in sexual health research

The Australian Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR), the latest findings of which were released recently, has much to commend it. Like its counterpart, the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL), it provides an illustration of sexual practices of today’s adults. Both studies leave out a significant proportion of the population – older adults.

Published
24 November 2014
From
The Conversation
HIV in the UK: 76% diagnosed, 90% on treatment, 90% undetectable

The UK’s annual epidemiological report, released yesterday, shows that the country already provides HIV treatment to 90% of people attending clinical services and that 90% of those

Published
19 November 2014
By
Roger Pebody
South Africa: HIV infection highest among men who have sex with men

Almost half of the men who have sex with men in Durban are HIV infected and about a quarter of such men in Johannesburg and Cape Town have HIV, according to a Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) study that was released on Tuesday.

Published
11 November 2014
From
Mail & Guardian
New HIV infections falling in US, MSM still top list, CDC reports

HIV incidence—the rate of new infections—fell in the United States from 2008 through 2012, according to the latest surveillance report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But because the US population grew, the number of new HIV infections remained stable over that period.

Published
11 November 2014
From
International AIDS Society
More straight people than gay people being diagnosed with HIV in Kent

Straight people being diagnosed with HIV in Kent now outnumber gay people who are diagnosed, according to a new study. The research, carried out at Canterbury Christ Church University, found that the number of diagnoses among men who have sex with men is now lower than for straight people.

Published
11 November 2014
From
Pink News
Uganda: Truckers Still Driving the HIV Pandemic

While the nationwide battle to reduce HIV rates continues, it has been revealed that knowledge on HIV does not always translate into safer sexual behaviour for the most-at-risk populations (MARPs). This is noted in a recently released KMCC abridged report titled; 'Long-distance truck drivers and HIV/Aids in Uganda: synthesis of information and evidence to inform response.' The report states that although majority of long- distance truck drivers are aware that engaging in unprotected sex and having multiple sexual partners increases the risk of acquiring HIV, safe sex is largely inconsistent.

Published
26 October 2014
From
AllAfrica
Linking violence against women with HIV and AIDS in Pakistan

Global literature and research shows that the relationship between violence against women and HIV risk is undeniable, complex and involves multiple pathways. Violence against women places women at an increased risk of HIV both through direct risk of infection and through creating an environment in which women are unable to adequately protect themselves from HIV...This involves chronically abusive relationships where women are repeatedly exposed to the same perpetrator.

Published
26 October 2014
From
Daily Ties, Pakistan
Phone apps could help promote sexual health in MSM

Public health experts hope smartphone apps that men who have sex with men use to meet sexual partners might help in health promotion.

Published
17 October 2014
From
The Lancet
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