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The missing link in new US AIDS strategy

President Barack Obama has announced a National HIV/AIDS strategy designed to carry the country’s policy through to 2020. The updated policy, positive in many ways, lacks one crucial element: the criminal justice system’s role in fueling HIV and AIDS.

Published
20 August 2015
From
The Hill
Cash to stay in school doesn’t reduce HIV incidence in South African study – but school attendance protected young women against HIV

A conditional cash transfer to the households of adolescent girls to promote school attendance did not reduce HIV incidence in a randomised study in rural South Africa,

Published
22 July 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
People with HIV live almost 20 years longer than in 2001

People living with the HIV virus today can expect to live nearly two decades longer than those who were diagnosed at the start of this century, thanks to cheaper and more readily available antiretroviral drugs, the UN said in a major report on a disease once seen by many as a death sentence to be endured in secrecy. The average HIV-positive person is now expected to live for 55 years – 19 years longer than in 2001, according to the report by the UN’s Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAids).

Published
14 July 2015
From
The Guardian
Black market for Truvada PrEP may undermine treatment adherence in marginalised people living with HIV

The increasing demand for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is likely to increase the likelihood that some marginalised individuals living with HIV sell some of their prescribed medication to

Published
13 July 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Longer secondary education protects against HIV infection, Botswana study shows

Every additional year of schooling among young people in Botswana was associated with an 8% reduction in the risk of HIV infection in the years between 2004

Published
07 July 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
More secondary schooling reduces HIV risk

Longer secondary schooling substantially reduces the risk of HIV infection -- especially for girls -- and could be a very cost-effective way to halt the spread of the virus, according to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In a study in Botswana, researchers found that, for each additional year of secondary school, students lowered their risk of HIV infection by 8 percentage points about a decade later, from 25 percent to about 17 percent infected.

Published
29 June 2015
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Four in ten people diagnosed with HIV in Europe are migrants

Nearly four out of every ten people with HIV in the European Economic Area (EEA) is a migrant to the country in which they are diagnosed,

Published
24 June 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Drought-Related Hardship Raises HIV Risk, Study Finds

Could savings accounts reduce the spread of HIV? New research concludes buffering people from financial shocks may help keep them from resorting to risky behaviors that spread the virus.

Published
22 June 2015
From
Voice of America
Living in a stigmatizing country increases HIV risk for MSM in Europe

Men who have sex with men (MSM) living in European countries with laws and attitudes that stigmatize male homosexuality often conceal their sexual orientation, have unmet HIV prevention

Published
22 June 2015
By
Michael Carter
Appalachia gripped by hepatitis C epidemic, bracing for HIV

Patton Couch, 25, is one of thousands of young Appalachian drug users recently diagnosed with hepatitis C. Yet public health officials warn that it could get much worse. Two hundred miles north, Scott County, Indiana, is grappling with one of the worst American HIV outbreaks among injection drug users in decades. Kentucky, with the nation's highest rate of acute hepatitis C, might be just a few dirty needles away from a similar catastrophe. "One person could be Typhoid Mary of HIV," said Dr. Jennifer Havens, an epidemiologist at the University of Kentucky's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, who has studied Perry County drug users for years as the hepatitis rate spiraled through small-town drug circles there. An explosion of hepatitis C, transmitted through injection drug use and unprotected sex, can foreshadow a wave of HIV cases.

Published
04 June 2015
From
CNS
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