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Louisiana prisons' failure to treat HIV could violate human rights, report says

Local jails avoid providing costly services in state that has world’s highest incarceration rate and nation’s highest HIV rate, Human Rights Watch reported

02 April 2016
The Guardian
HIV Mystery: Solved?

 Anyone who was following the HIV epidemic in 2001 found the news shocking: a massive study of young gay men in the United States found that a whopping 32 percent of those who were black had HIV. Why, after some 15 years of widespread campaigns in gay communities urging condom use, was the HIV rate among black men so staggeringly high—and still rising? Today, many researchers have shifted their attention to PrEP, a breakthrough that, they hope, will simplify things considerably.  But the effort to turn PrEP’s promise into a reality is providing insight that is valuable beyond HIV. The long, failing attempt to crack the riddle of black gay men’s higher HIV rate is a cautionary tale for any public-health system operating in a world with endemic inequity.

01 March 2016
The Nation
New Report and Monitoring Tool: HIV, HCV, TB and Harm Reduction in Prisons

A new report from Harm Reduction International identifies some of the most important human rights and public health standards relating to HIV, HCV and TB in prisons, and the vital role of harm reduction provision in ensuring them.

10 February 2016
Harm Reduction International
Cutting prison sentences could reduce spread of HIV, study suggests

Reducing incarceration in a community may reduce the number of sexual partners men and women have, therefore reducing the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

09 February 2016
Prison needle programs touted to reduce HIV and Hep C

Researchers hope new government's "evidence-based" outlook will open door for safe injection programs in Canadian jails.

03 February 2016
Toronto Star
Hepatitis C prevention, control efforts should focus on incarcerated individuals

More than one in nine people with hepatitis C in Canada spend time in a correctional facility each year and researchers said this presents a unique opportunity to focus hepatitis C prevention and control efforts in incarcerated populations.

17 December 2015
EurekAlert (press release)
Why Are So Many Black Women Dying of AIDS?

Higher incarceration rates among black males explain the lion’s share of the black-white disparity in AIDS infection rates among both men and women.

15 December 2015
New York Times
Hepatitis C screening of prison inmates would benefit wider community, be cost-effective

The benefits of screening prison inmates for infection with the hepatitis C virus and treating those who test positive for the infection would extend far beyond the prison population.

24 November 2015
Eurekalert Inf Dis
How do we maximise global HIV treatment access? IAPAC Care Continuum Guidelines make recommendations

IAPAC, the International Association of Practitioners in AIDS Care, has issued a set of guidelines that aims to establish a common set of best practices to ensure

09 November 2015
Gus Cairns
Europe’s response to HIV: ECDC reports identify key areas for action

In a set of reports published today, ECDC gives an overview on how European countries have been responding to the HIV epidemic since 2004 based on the commitments as outlined in the Dublin Declaration on Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia.

15 September 2015
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