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Hard choices in Russia as the final HIV grant proposal is submitted

The concept note delivered on 8 September for Russia's last HIV grant from the Global Fund was a perfect illustration of the conundrum facing a growing number of Eastern European/Central Asian countries: how to do more with less to fight a widening HIV epidemic. As more countries from the region 'graduate' from Global Fund eligibility due to their income classification, the funds that they could once count on to support prevention, harm reduction and other programs targeting vulnerable populations are disappearing. And there is little evidence that most national budgets are prepared or able to fill the vacuum.

Published
25 September 2014
From
Aidspan
Russia's harm reduction programs threatened by want of funds

Activists fear that due to new ceilings on the size of their grants from the Global Fund, which has been the main source of funding for harm reduction in the absence of government funds, the number of infections could drive higher.

Published
25 September 2014
From
Global Fund Observer
London gay men: 2% of the population, a quarter of the sexually transmitted infections and half of HIV infections

Men who have sex with men (MSM) living in London have particularly poor sexual health and this is worsening, Public Health England warn in a report published

Published
24 September 2014
By
Roger Pebody
HCV antibody testing may miss recent infections in gay men living with HIV

Nucleic acid testing should be used to diagnose acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in gay men living with HIV, Dutch research published in the online edition

Published
23 September 2014
By
Michael Carter
People living with HIV in the US are infrequently screened for HCV

People living with HIV are infrequently screened for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, according to US research published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Published
22 September 2014
By
Michael Carter
Stigma, ambivalence and other priorities – explaining poor adherence to PrEP and vaginal microbicides

HIV stigma, the danger of being mistakenly labelled as having HIV, ambivalence about the research process, confusion about the use of antiretrovirals to prevent infection, as well

Published
19 September 2014
By
Roger Pebody
San Francisco Official Says He Takes Truvada to Prevent H.I.V., and More Gay Men Should, Too

Scott Wiener, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, made an unusual public announcement on Wednesday: He takes Truvada, a daily antiviral pill, to greatly reduce his risk of contracting HIV.

Published
18 September 2014
From
New York Times
Houston we have an HIV PR problem

The most important group who should hear about treatment as prevention, undetectability, sero-sorting and all the other non-condom options, are those who have successfully avoided HIV thus far and are reluctant to get tested. In other words the vast majority of the LGBT population, because they are the ones who are getting the wrong end of the stick when they hear snippets of information about HIV.

Published
17 September 2014
From
Positive Lite
Section 28 anti-gay law was great mistake, says top Tory

Lord Fowler told the Evening Standard: “We have come a long way. It [Section 28] was a great mistake and I think it’s now recognised as a great mistake and I would apologise for it. It was totally misjudged.”

Published
17 September 2014
From
Evening Standard
ART quells genital HIV shedding throughout menstrual cycle

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) that suppresses HIV RNA in plasma also suppressed genital HIV shedding across the menstrual cycle in a 3-week study of 20 women.

Published
17 September 2014
From
International AIDS Society

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