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PrEP, The Pill, and the Fear of Promiscuity

LGBT academic Ian Lekus compares the furore around PrEP with the one that met the development of the contraceptive pill: "Acknowledged or not, PrEP users — and for that matter, three decades-plus of HIV/AIDS activism — build directly on how the Pill’s early adopters challenged the presumed omniscience of medical authorities. The experiences of the Pill’s first users also remind us to keep a critical eye trained on those institutions and narratives that circumscribe the quest for balancing health, desire, and autonomy."

Published
25 September 2014
From
Nursing Clio
Are "Sugar Daddies" to Blame for HIV Transmission in Africa?

It was long assumed that a major driver of the vastly greater prevalence of HIV infection in Zimbabwe, South Africa and other epicenters of the African HIV epidemic is intergeneratioal sex - sepcifically, young women having sexual realtionships with older "sugar daddies". Contrary to expectations, a recent high-quality, longitudinal study showed that participation in intergenerational sex did not impact the likelihood of contracting HIV infection.

Published
05 September 2014
From
Scientific American
Social inequalities associated with late HIV diagnosis and delayed HIV treatment – European study

Even in the context of western European countries with universal access to health care, there are socioeconomic inequalities in timely access to HIV testing, according to a

Published
05 September 2014
By
Roger Pebody
The end of AIDS and the NGO Code of Conduct

In 2008, a consortium of concerned international NGOs and advocacy organisations introduced the NGO Code of Conduct for Health System Strengthening, which highlighted how disproportionate funding for NGOs, rather than for public sector health systems, has undermined public services in many developing countries.The NGO Code of Conduct outlines a set of proposed best practices for NGOs to support local public services. However, after promoting the NGO Code of Conduct for 5 years, the behaviour of some NGOs seems unlikely to change unless donors hold them accountable for adhering to these best practices.

Published
27 August 2014
From
The Lancet
Intimate partner violence intervention reduces HIV incidence and violence against women

Integrating intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention strategies into HIV prevention programming led to a significant reduction in HIV incidence and in women’s experience of physical and sexual violence

Published
07 August 2014
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
HIV is increasing in gay men in London because of lack of testing, comparative study finds

A study presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne today compared the HIV epidemics in gay men in San Francisco, US and London,

Published
24 July 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Home-testing acceptable in 'treat everyone' trial: treatment takes longer to accept

The pilot phase of a trial in South Africa that aims to treat everyone living with HIV in a community and compare the effect of this

Published
23 July 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Globally, 1 in 12 MSM have been arrested for same-sex behaviour

Laws which criminalise homosexual behaviour – such as those recently passed by Nigeria and Uganda – are not just symbolic or rarely put into practice,

Published
23 July 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Recession and income inequality have fuelled HIV infections in European drug users

In European countries, increases in rates of reported HIV infections among people who inject drugs in recent years have been associated with the economic downturn and income

Published
21 July 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Responding to sexual violence in armed conflict

The global community has called for an end to rape in wartime, but the crime is less understood than typically acknowledged, and addressing it will demand local interventions.

Published
13 June 2014
From
The Lancet
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