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Sex work's new tools of the trade

The South African government announced in March that it would begin providing PrEP for free to as many as 5 000 sex workers at 10 sites to reduce new HIV infections.

Published
08 December 2016
From
Bhekisisa
Aid groups grapple with stigmatization in HIV prophylaxis roll-out

PrEP’s success in sub-Saharan Africa will hinge more on the social than the scientific. Researchers and advocates will have to strike a balance in how they market and roll out PrEP. They have to ensure that it reaches stigmatized populations with high HIV transmission rates, such as MSM and sex workers. Meanwhile, they must ensure it is not perceived as exclusively a treatment for marginalized groups, which will lower its appeal both within those communities but also to other people who could benefit from it.

Published
21 November 2016
From
Devex
HIVR4P 2016: Services for female sex workers show low cost impact

Presentations this morning highlighted efforts to reach female sex workers with data from studies in South Africa, Rwanda and Kenya that provided HIV self-testing, antiretroviral treatment, pre-exposure prophylactic use of antiretroviral drugs — PrEP — and other services.

Published
27 October 2016
From
Science Speaks
Edinburgh's blind-eye prostitution policy 'launched in the 1980s amid HIV fears'

A SO-CALLED blind-eye policy to prostitution in the Scottish capital was an official attempt to minimise the impact of HIV and Aids in the city. It has emerged the policy had been formalised and involved the then Lothian and Borders Police, Edinburgh. Saunas were allowed to operate as they were said to be providing workers with condoms and critical health advice.

Published
26 September 2016
From
Herald Scotland
Structural inequalities create vulnerability to HIV for black gay men in New York

The sexual relationships of many African American men who have sex with men are largely shaped by economic insecurity, housing instability and stigma, according to a new

Published
23 September 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Australia adopts ambitious plan to use PrEP to ‘virtually eliminate’ HIV by 2020

Australia plans an ambitious programme of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) provision for gay men at high risk of HIV, with the aim of ‘virtually eliminating’ HIV in the

Published
21 July 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Comprehensive services for sex workers reduce detectable viral load, but enhanced ARV services provide no extra benefit

A randomised trial in female sex workers in Zimbabwe, offering enhanced access to HIV treatment and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), has failed to show that the extra services

Published
19 July 2016
By
Roger Pebody
'It's Destroyed People's Lives': The Shocking Rise in Hepatitis C-Related Deaths

Hepatitis C is preventable and curable—but it now kills more Americans than any other disease. According to experts, stigma against intravenous drug users and sex workers may be to blame.

Published
22 June 2016
From
VICE
UN pledges to end Aids epidemic but plan barely mentions those most at risk

UN member states have pledged to end the Aids epidemic by 2030, but campaigners say the strategy adopted by the 193-nation general assembly on Wednesday barely mentions those most at risk of contracting HIV/Aids: men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people and intravenous drug users. Activists walked out in protest after the resolution was adopted.

Published
09 June 2016
From
The Guardian
2016 U.N. Political Declaration on Ending AIDS a disappointing and unprincipled setback in the fight against AIDS

The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) is profoundly dismayed with the decision made by a majority of United Nations member states to adopt a flawed document. The Political Declaration on Ending AIDS by 2030 was meant to provide a compass for global and national policy, law, regulation, funding and programming. It could have been an important advocacy tool for civil society to hold governments to account. Sadly, the Declaration misses the mark—by a long shot. It fails to advance the needs, interests and rights of those most affected by HIV.

Published
09 June 2016
From
GNP+
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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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