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More schooling reduces HIV risk. But by how much?

There are any number of arguments for boosting the education of girls in poorer nations. A person who knows more, regardless of gender, tends to earn more. The children of mothers with more education often do better themselves. Senator Tim Kaine added another item to the list, claiming, "For every extra year that a girl stays in secondary school, her chance of getting infected with HIV/AIDS decreases by half."

Published
27 June 2016
From
PolitiFact
Poor mental health more commonly experienced by gay and bisexual men who are younger, poorer, less educated or black

While it is well established that men who have sex with men are more likely to experience poor mental and emotional health than other men,

Published
20 May 2016
By
Roger Pebody
If we want to end HIV, TB, and malaria, we need to do more to reduce human rights barriers

A recent report from UNAIDS said that by 2020, countries should devote 8% of its HIV resources to reducing human rights barriers to accessing services. Currently, less than 1% of Global Fund grant funds is spent on programs to reduce human rights barriers. We have to do more and we have to do it better, says Ralf Jürgens. In this commentary, Ralf describes an intensive effort that the Global Fund is implementing in 15-20 countries, as well as other initiatives the Fund has planned.

Published
11 May 2016
From
Global Fund Observer
Health dept in bid to wean girls off sugar daddies - Motsoaledi

The wide-ranging plan would have five objectives, he said, which include decreasing infections in girls and young women, and decreasing teenage pregnancies. Other objectives were decreasing sexual and gender-based violence and keeping girls in school until matric.

Published
10 May 2016
From
News24
It’s Tough to Stop Sex, Study of U.S. AIDS Effort Shows

Researchers have found no benefits from a decade-long attempt to curb the spread of HIV in Africa by promoting abstinence and monogamy. The U.S. has spent more than $1.4 billion since 2004 telling young people in Africa to abstain from sex before marriage and then commit to a single partner. That funding didn’t influence the number of sex partners people had, the age at which they started having sex, or teen pregnancy rates, according to a study published on Monday. See http://www.aidsmap.com/page/2949285/ for more on this issue.

Published
04 May 2016
From
Bloomberg
Why a London sex clinic is taking on the dark side of internet dating

Hook-up apps’ tumultuous crusade into the heartlands of the dating scene have been well documented, with the decline in relationship intimacy and rise in sexually transmitted infections all being attributed to their use. It’s for that reason 56 Dean Street, a Soho-based sexual health clinic which sees 13,000 patients walk through its doors each month, has developed a service designed to tackle the new problems online dating presents.

Published
30 March 2016
From
Daily Telegraph
Tailored programmes encourage black gay men to start and stay on PrEP in US study

Providing culturally tailored support programmes for black men who have sex with men can increase their likelihood of maintaining adherence to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention,

Published
24 March 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
Indiana HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs is controlled, but ongoing vigilance is needed

Extensive epidemiological investigation followed by prevention and treatment interventions have largely succeeded in controlling an outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in rural Indiana,

Published
09 March 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
Rate of entry into HIV care improved by personalised counselling

Entry into HIV care can be increased by around 40% if people receive a point-of-care CD4 test and counselling sessions to overcome personal barriers to seeking HIV

Published
01 March 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
HIV Mystery: Solved?

 Anyone who was following the HIV epidemic in 2001 found the news shocking: a massive study of young gay men in the United States found that a whopping 32 percent of those who were black had HIV. Why, after some 15 years of widespread campaigns in gay communities urging condom use, was the HIV rate among black men so staggeringly high—and still rising? Today, many researchers have shifted their attention to PrEP, a breakthrough that, they hope, will simplify things considerably.  But the effort to turn PrEP’s promise into a reality is providing insight that is valuable beyond HIV. The long, failing attempt to crack the riddle of black gay men’s higher HIV rate is a cautionary tale for any public-health system operating in a world with endemic inequity.

Published
01 March 2016
From
The Nation
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