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Researchers examine how drug policy impacts HIV vulnerability among African-Americans

Although HIV rates are higher among the African American community compared to the White population, research shows that engagement in risky behaviors does not fully account for these differences.According to the model, two main factors -- disproportionate drug-arrests and sentencing of African American communities -- lead to pathways of HIV vulnerability.

Published
21 November 2016
From
EurekAlert
How Does Incarceration Impact the Spread of HIV?

The authors estimate that, of the approximately 10.2 million people incarcerated on any given day, 3.8 percent (or 389,000 people) are living with HIV. In the United States, prisons in Florida, Maryland and New York have higher rates of HIV prevalence than any country outside sub-Saharan Africa.

Published
11 October 2016
From
TheBody.com
Neglect of infectious diseases in prisons highlighted at AIDS 2016

“Prisoners are among the most neglected of the key populations; they bear higher burdens of HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis than in the communities from which they

Published
25 August 2016
By
Theo Smart
Prisoners pose biggest risk for HIV infection rates in the EECA

Prisoners are likely to be the primary risk group for HIV infections in Eastern Europe in the next 15 years, researchers from the University of Bristol have found. Their study was published as part of series in the Lancet on HIV and related infections in prisoners, which was also presented at this month's International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Published
26 July 2016
From
University of Bristol
South Africa: All HIV Positive Inmates to Receive Treatment

All HIV positive inmates in South Africa's correctional centres will from September this year receive life-saving antiretroviral drugs, irrespective of their CD4 count.

Published
22 July 2016
From
AllAfrica
AIDS 2016 focuses on impact of legal and policy barriers to HIV services for groups at greatest risk of infection

In an official press conference today at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, researchers and community representatives discussed the impact of discriminatory laws and policies in many parts of the world that hinder access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care for the populations most at risk of HIV infection – men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, people who inject drugs, and prisoners.

Published
18 July 2016
From
AIDS 2016
The Lancet: Mass imprisonment of drug users driving global epidemics of HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis

The War on Drugs, mass incarceration of drug users, and the failure to provide proven harm reduction and treatment strategies has led to high levels of HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis B and C infection among prisoners--far higher than in the general population. With an estimated 30 million people passing in and out of prisons every year, prisoners will be key to controlling HIV and tuberculosis epidemics worldwide, according to a major six-part Series on HIV and related infections in prisoners, published in The Lancet and being presented at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Published
17 July 2016
From
EurekAlert
Mass incarceration of drug users in South Africa 'driving global epidemics'

Mass incarceration of drug users has driven up global epidemics of HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis, a new study claims. Up to 90 per cent of people who inject drugs will be jailed at some point in their lives. It means prisons act as incubators of diseases contracted from needles.

Published
15 July 2016
From
Daily Mail
UN High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS faces battle over key populations

Activists say that a United Nations Political Declaration on Ending AIDS, due to be finalised this week at a UN High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in New York,

Published
07 June 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
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

Published
02 April 2016
From
The Guardian
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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