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Evidence-based policy movement "unhelpful and unscientific"

Dr Flora Cornish, Associate Professor in Qualitative Research Methodology at the London School of Economics, on why the aspirations of the evidence-based policy movement for bottom line answers are unscientific and unhelpful when evaluating the efficacy of community mobilisation in tackling HIV.

Published
01 June 2015
From
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
When Sex Ed Discusses Gender Inequality, Sex Gets Safer

A new study shows a "striking" difference in effectiveness between programs that address gender and power, and those that don't.

Published
01 June 2015
From
The Atlantic
Harm reduction for people who inject drugs in New York has worked, but hasn’t reduced racial inequality

Needle and syringe exchange and opiate substitution therapy in New York City has worked in reducing HIV infection in people who inject drugs (PWIDs) to the extent

Published
29 May 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Maligned Study on Gay Unions Is Shaking Trust

In 2012, as same-sex marriage advocates were working to build support in California, Michael LaCour, a political science researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, asked a critical question: Can canvassers with a personal stake in an issue — in this case, gay men and women — actually sway voters’ opinions in a lasting way? Last week, their finding that gay canvassers were in fact powerfully persuasive with people who had voted against same-sex marriage — published in December in Science, one of the world’s leading scientific journals — collapsed amid accusations that Mr. LaCour had misrepresented his study methods and lacked the evidence to back up his findings.

Published
26 May 2015
From
New York Times
Funders' priorities and targets hindered community mobilisation and meaningful participation of sex workers in India

Two qualitative studies, investigating the implementation of a massive programme of HIV prevention through community mobilisation in India, have identified challenges to the rapid scale-up and roll-out

Published
25 May 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'

A UK study on why teenage heterosexual couples may engage in anal sex has revealed a climate of coercion, with consent and mutuality not always a priority for the boys who are trying to persuade girls into having it.

Published
19 May 2015
From
Independent
Financial incentives did not improve linkage to care or viral suppression in US study

A US study which offered patients gift cards to present themselves for HIV care after testing, and also to stay in care and maintain an undetectable viral

Published
28 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Disappointing result for tenofovir-gel microbicide shows that young women still lack HIV prevention methods they can use

Among some highly promising results from HIV prevention studies presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle, USA, today, there was

Published
25 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
The $755 Condom Pack Is the Latest Indignity in Venezuela

Venezuelans who already must line up for hours to buy chicken, sugar, medicines and other basic products in short supply now face a new indignity: Condoms are hard to find and nearly impossible to afford. The country has one of South America’s highest rates of HIV infection and teenage pregnancy.

Published
10 February 2015
From
Bloomberg
The Quest Workshop for Black and Minority Ethnic Gay and Bisexual Men

Public Health England (PHE) has commissioned The Quest to deliver its flagship “The Quest Workshop”, aimed at reducing health risk behaviour and building resilience, to Black African, Black Caribbean, mixed Black and other ethnicity (BME) gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (MSM). As part of the project, The Quest will be delivering two workshops in London and one in Manchester. The first set of workshops will be taking place in March 2015.

Published
21 January 2015
From
The Quest
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