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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
HIV and TB link the Bronx and Tugela Ferry in a story of human rights and social justice

The HIV and TB epidemics in the Bronx (USA) and Tugela Ferry (South Africa) tell a story of a disease that goes beyond a plot line of host and pathogen,, with a common theme of human rights and social justice said Dr. Gerald Friedland of Yale University’s School of Medicine, in the N’Galy-Mann lecture on the opening night of this conference.

Published
24 February 2016
From
Science Speaks
Depression Is Teaming Up 
With HIV to Kill 
Black Gay Men. 
Can We Stop It?

Black gay men, in particular, are bearing the brunt of these intersecting factors, leading them to experience higher rates of depression as well as increased HIV risks and negative health outcomes, including early death. Bottom line: Depression is teaming up with HIV to kill black gay men. But why?

Published
15 February 2016
From
HIVPlus Mag
Cutting prison sentences could reduce spread of HIV, study suggests

Reducing incarceration in a community may reduce the number of sexual partners men and women have, therefore reducing the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

Published
09 February 2016
From
EurekAlert
US: Study shows direct link between state spending habits and AIDS deaths

American states with higher spending on social services and public health -- such as education and income support -- per person living in poverty (according to the federal poverty threshold) had significantly lower HIV/AIDS case rates and fewer AIDS deaths.

Published
04 February 2016
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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