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Falling Through the Cracks

We can strengthen two of the weakest links in the U.S. health care chain for people with HIV/AIDS—linking people to care and retaining them in care—but doing so requires a collective approach.

Published
05 March 2013
From
Poz
Antiretroviral Drugs Sold for Food in Kenya’s Slums

Impoverished Kenyans living with HIV/AIDs are sometimes selling their antiretroviral drugs to buy food for themselves and their families. Medical professionals believe there has been a slight growth in the trend, saying that people are simply trying to survive.

Published
05 March 2013
From
Voice of America
Gays can't have sex

'Gays can’t have sex. We can have only “safer sex” or “protected sex” (where condoms or any other form of barriers are used). The sad part of “protected sex” is that it implies that sex between men is not safe,...' - psychotherapiast Marco Posadas ponders whether 'safer sex' is having a damaging effect on gay men's self-image.

Published
22 February 2013
From
Xtra!
Violence as a cause or consequence of HIV for women in England

This report highlights the experiences of women living with HIV in England in relation to Gender-Based Violence. It documents the findings of a study to explore the potential for a national investigation into violence as a cause or a consequence of HIV for women in England.

Published
15 February 2013
From
Sophia Forum
Legalising gay marriage may improve health and reduce healthcare costs

In the past few years, psychologists and doctors have discovered that policy changes for or against same-sex marriage can influence patterns of healthcare for lesbian and gay people. Although the research was conducted primarily on gay men in the US, the implications for other sexual minority groups in nations considering same-sex marriage legislation are far-reaching.

Published
08 February 2013
From
The Guardian
Only 1 in 5 Medicaid Users Linked to Care Within a Year After HIV Diagnosis

Only about 20% of adult Medicaid recipients who tested positive for HIV during the past decade began receiving appropriate care – including CD4 T-cell count and viral load monitoring – within a year of diagnosis, and the rate did not improve much within 5 years, according to an analysis described in the January 2013 issue of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Published
07 February 2013
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
Study finds incentive price for reducing HIV risk in Mexico

With a goal to reduce HIV risk behaviors, researchers investigated whether gay men and male sex workers in Mexico City would participate in a conditional cash transfer program that encourages HIV prevention education and regular testing. A new study in the European Journal of Health Economics reports the price that would get more than 75 percent participation: $288 a year.

Published
05 February 2013
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Is London’s gay scene self-harming through sex and drug use?

David Stuart of gay men's drug project Antidote discusses increases in the use of methamphetamine and mephedrone in London's gay scene and an increased tendency to inject them.

Published
24 January 2013
From
Pink News
Better Syringe Designs Could Nearly Eradicate Global Annual HIV Infections from Syringe Sharing Within Eight Years

Switching the type of syringe used by people who inject drugs could help curb HIV transmission in countries with injection-driven epidemics within eight years, according to a new article which summarizes existing evidence regarding how low dead-space syringes can help reduce HIV transmission and estimates potential impacts on HIV transmission among people who inject drugs.

Published
16 January 2013
From
Newswise (press release)
Africa: Study Confirms Role of Road Networks in HIV Spread

Road networks are strongly related to the spread of HIV-1 - the HIV subtype responsible for the AIDS pandemic - across Sub-Saharan Africa, a study confirms.

Published
14 January 2013
From
AllAfrica

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