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PrEP spreads across Africa – slowly

This year, 2018, will be the year that a really significant number of people in Africa started HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the 22nd International AIDS Conference

06 August 2018
Gus Cairns
Studies raise concerns about policies seeking to “end demand” for sex work

Research suggests that “end demand” laws are reducing demand for HIV services, according to panellists sharing the effectiveness of “end demand” policies at a press conference that featured scientific abstracts and input from advocates.

27 July 2018
International AIDS Society
HIV is not the only risk – using condoms or getting tested can pose risks to trust and relationships

Perceptions of risk are crucial in explaining why people do or do not make use of HIV-prevention interventions. But considerations of risk need to go

06 July 2018
Roger Pebody
This Is What Happens To Men Forced To Offer Sex To Avoid Sleeping On The Street

In the second part of BuzzFeed News' gay sex-for-rent investigation, men speak out about the extreme violence and danger they face, as charities describe the shocking scale of the problem. “There’s never a time when I don’t think ‘This could be it,’” said one man. "'I could lose my life.’”

06 May 2018
Botswana: PrEP offers sex worker freedom of choice

Bathabile Nyathi’s path to sex work began with a loss of power. Having lived through the worst of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Nyathi was just a child when she lost her parents and many of her relatives to the scourge and by the time she was 13 years old, she had dropped out of school and was pregnant. With no qualifications to speak of, she felt she had no choice but to be a sex worker to support herself and her baby.

05 May 2018
The Midweek Sun
My PrEP story: Leander

Leander decided to start using PrEP after scrutinising the research evidence. As a sex worker, he’s used to dealing with social stigma – and is happy to strike up conversations about using PrEP.

04 April 2018
Supporting the rights of sex workers in Côte d’Ivoire

Most of the women at Bléty, an organization in Côte d’Ivoire, are current or former sex workers who carry out peer outreach, ranging from HIV awareness-raising and education about HIV prevention to promoting sex workers’ rights and continuing education.

01 March 2018
Reconsidering Primary Prevention: a Call To Action For The Global HIV Response

"The [HIV] prevention toolbox is getting bigger, but the application of the tools is getting smaller. For...prevention to stand a chance, the silence, denial, negativity, and moralism surrounding sex and drug use must end. Policy makers and donors, including governments, must shed their reluctance to openly and positively address sex and drug use in their public health discourse and responses to HIV."

09 October 2017
Your secret guide to the business of sex

Clients and sex workers can team up to make sex work safer – and it starts with learning the business of sex. The social justice organisation, Sonke Gender Justice, has published a guide with what you need to know. Here is an edited extract.

19 September 2017
IAS 2017 highlights innovative approaches to overcome stigma and discrimination against key populations

Experts say global HIV response needs better strategies to meet the needs of sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people and people who inject drugs.

25 July 2017
International AIDS Society
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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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