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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
Farming Village in Cambodia Grieves as Hundreds Learn They Have HIV

Ms. Mao, 55, is among more than 200 villagers in this rice farming community in western Cambodia who tested positive for H.I.V. last month. The Cambodian authorities say that an unlicensed doctor who reused syringes and other medical equipment spread the infection. Even in a country inured to hardship and suffering, the infection of such a large number of people within a radius of a few miles was shocking.

Published
20 January 2015
From
New York Times
Substance use and social problems predict HIV infection in American gay men

American gay men reporting depression, childhood sexual abuse, stimulant use, other substance use and heavy alcohol use are nine times more likely than men without any of

Published
20 January 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Successful peer-recruited project shows it is possible to do prevention work with gay men in hostile environments

A community education and HIV prevention project that took place among 626 gay  men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in St Petersburg in Russia

Published
15 January 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Improved school attendance credited with reducing HIV infections among teenage girls in Uganda

The Ugandan government’s decision to abolish tuition fees for school pupils, the resulting improved participation in education and an associated decline in adolescent sexual activity are responsible

Published
14 January 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Want to change the course of HIV epidemics? Decriminalizing sex work could have greatest impact, researchers say

Infections could be averted through combined impacts on violence, police harrassment, workplace dangers, as well as improved condom access, peer outreach, modelling indicates.

Published
07 January 2015
From
Science Speaks
South Africa: Silent Suffering - Men and HIV (Video)

Why are South African men reluctant to test for HIV, to start and stay on ART, and to join support groups? Is it that health services are not men-friendly? Is it an idea of masculinity that mandates men to be stoic, to hide pain as a weakness and not to talk about their feelings? What defines the relationship of men to health services and how can it be improved? In this video by Davison Mudzingwa, experts and activists like Thamela, analyze the factors that drive men’s gendered vulnerability to HIV in South Africa and suggest ways to reduce it.

Published
23 December 2014
From
IPS
Why lifespans are more variable among blacks than whites in the U.S.

Eliminating health disparities between races is a goal of many groups and organizations, but a team of sociologists suggests that finding the reasons for the differences in the timing of black and white deaths may be trickier than once thought. Interventions to reduce this disparity may be more effective if they target sex, as well as race. "With regard to policy, our results indicate the importance of sex-specific intervention to reduce racial disparities," the researchers said. "In the case of HIV/AIDS, for example, there is greater potential for significant reduction of the racial gap when men are targeted. The opposite is true for heart disease and diabetes, where interventions focused on women are more likely to narrow the gap."

Published
17 December 2014
From
Science Daily
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