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Gates Foundation seeks to merge science and delivery of global health

Everyone knows that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation likes technology, inventing new things and helping others find innovative ways to fight diseases that afflict those living in the poorest parts of the world. But what the philanthropy hasn’t done, say some of its critics, is invest much time, attention or money in dealing with some of the more fundamental – and complex – drivers of poverty, disease and inequity

Published
06 May 2014
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Humanosphere
Uniting against violence and HIV

“Not only is violence against women an extreme human rights violation, it also makes women more vulnerable to HIV infection,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Post-2015 is the opportunity to ensure all women and girls reach their full potential, without the threat of violence or risk of HIV infection.”

Published
13 March 2014
From
UNAIDS (press release)
HIV incidence at record high in young gay black men in southern USA

HIV incidence in young black gay men in Atlanta, Georgia in the US is running at 12.1% a year – one of the highest figures for

Published
05 March 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Young people who acquire HIV in Uganda report poor communication and mistrust in their relationships

Compared with young people who remain HIV negative, recent seroconverters in Rakai, Uganda describe sexual relationships marked by poorer communication, greater suspicion and mistrust, and larger and

Published
20 February 2014
By
Roger Pebody
LGB individuals living in anti-gay communities die early

In the first study to look at the consequences of anti-gay prejudice for mortality, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals who lived in communities with high levels of anti-gay prejudice have a shorter life expectancy of 12 years on average compared with their peers in the least prejudiced communities. "The results of this study suggest a broadening of the consequences of prejudice to include premature death," noted the study's lead author, Mark Hatzenbuehler, PhD, assistant professor of Sociomedical Sciences. The study is online in the journal Social Science & Medicine.

Published
16 February 2014
From
Mailman School of Public Health
Wide range of factors contribute to high HIV risk among black MSM in the US

Demographic, behavioural, economic and biological factors are all associated with increased HIV risk for black men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States, according to

Published
13 February 2014
By
Michael Carter
Is managing HIV making us more sexually liberated?

There’s no simple answer to why gay men bareback. It’s a mixture of all of these issues, but chief among these is certainly the fact that thanks to ever advancing medication HIV is no longer regarded as a death sentence.

Published
30 January 2014
From
Beige
Taking one to tango: how restricting responsibility for safer sex to individuals hinders talking about safer sex

A discussion paper based on a Canadian project that invited HIV-negative and HIV-positive gay men to discuss anti-HIV stigma and sexual risk-taking concludes that ideas of “individual responsibility”

Published
28 January 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Miriam Hospital study links intimate partner violence and risk of HIV

The findings suggest that women involved in violent relationships fear that their partner might respond with violence if asked to use a condom, which in turn, leads to less condom use for these women.

Published
22 January 2014
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Government grants reduce HIV risks for teenage girls in South Africa

A study, led by Oxford University, finds that government grants in Southern Africa reduce HIV risks for teenage girls. The study, in The Lancet Global Health, involved 3,515 young people between 2009-12 in urban and rural parts of two South African provinces. They found teenage girls from households receiving grants were two-thirds less likely to take much older boyfriends, and half as likely to have sex in exchange for money, food, school fees or shelter.

Published
27 November 2013
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis

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