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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.

Published
25 July 2017
From
International AIDS Society
High uptake of HIV self-testing by female sex workers in African countries

A year ago there was virtually no evidence on the acceptability and feasibility of HIV self-testing in female sex workers, but a series of presentations from Zimbabwe,

Published
25 July 2017
By
Roger Pebody
UK: Blood donation rules relaxed for gay men and sex workers

Blood donation rules for sex workers and gay men are being relaxed in England and Scotland after improvements in the accuracy of testing procedures. Men who have sex with men can now give blood three months after their last sexual activity instead of 12.

Published
23 July 2017
From
BBC
Support Groups a Driver to PrEP Rollout in Kenya

Kenya passed a major milestone in the fight against HIV on May 4, 2017 when it launched a nation-wide initiative to bring oral PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), antiretroviral drugs for preventing HIV, to the people who need it. A team made up of LVCT Health staff and AVAC staff recently visited the implementing sites to gather stories and collect lessons learnt as part of the OPTIONS project. We interviewed providers, adherence counselors and people using PrEP who shared their journeys of PrEP uptake and adherence.

Published
28 June 2017
From
AVAC
Uganda fails to target gay men and sex workers in fast-track HIV initiative

Activists have criticised the Ugandan president for failing to cater for gay men in his new plan to end HIV by 2030. President Yoweri Museveni launched his ambitious initiative last week, but did not specifically mention gay people, sex workers and drug users – who bear a disproportionate share of the HIV burden.

Published
15 June 2017
From
The Guardian
A sex worker's view on South Africa's latest plans to beat HIV

An open letter from a sex worker argues that the good intentions of South Africa's plan to end HIV infections will be undermined by the fact that sex work remains a criminal offence in South Africa. This means that sex workers remain vulnerable. They don’t have the right to protect themselves – for example from police violence and intimidation – or get the health care they need because they’re stigmatised by health workers.

Published
14 June 2017
From
Times (South Africa)
South Africa: Has South Africa's New HIV Plan Been Captured?

The new strategy is the first in a decade that does not advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work.

Published
01 June 2017
From
AllAfrica
South Africa: Sex workers to remain ‘criminals’?

Government has been advised not to decriminalise sex work in the very week that a special clinic for sex workers and drug users was opened in Cape Town.

Published
30 May 2017
From
Health-e
Use of psychedelic drugs may reduce the risk of suicide in female sex workers

Women sex workers who used psychedelic drugs such as LSD were less likely to think about or attempt suicide, while some other drugs increased the risk, according

Published
24 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Legalisation of sex work associated with lower prevalence of HIV in sex workers

Countries that have legalised some aspects of sex work have fewer sex workers living with HIV than countries that criminalise all aspects of sex work, according to

Published
07 February 2017
By
Roger Pebody
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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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