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The moment that stunned Q&A’s AIDS audience

Monday night’s episode of panel discussion juggernaut Q&A was always going to be important. Yet the show was arguably stolen by Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi, who has faced considerable backlash in her home country as the chair of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Published
23 July 2014
From
The New Daily
Dr Joseph Sonnabend: The WHO's unwise recommendation for gay men

Since we really have relatively very little information about PrEP, and almost none about its use on a population level such a broad recommendation by the WHO is absolutely inappropriate, so maybe faced with increasing HIV infections among gay men, the WHO is simply giving up and proposing an unproved intervention out of desperation.

Published
23 July 2014
From
POZ
Treatment as prevention may not work in Africa without couples counselling

A study from Zambia has found that a programme of couples voluntary counselling and testing (CVCT), in which male/female couples are counselled together before testing for HIV

Published
23 July 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Harm reduction funding meeting only 7% of global need

International donors are investing only 7% of what is needed to provide adequate harm reduction coverage for people who inject drugs, according to findings from a report

Published
23 July 2014
By
Keith Alcorn
In The HIV Response, Who is ‘Hard to Reach’?

We have found that it is not the individuals at risk of HIV infection who are hard to reach. It’s the politicians and policymakers who adopt ideological rather than evidence-based programs. But HIV researchers too seem to be hard to reach at times, failing to investigate political determinants of health, and the impact of laws, policies, and enforcement on HIV vulnerability and access to care.

Published
23 July 2014
From
Human Rights Watch
Meta-analysis: only half the people who start PEP complete the course

There are significant losses at each step of the post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) ‘treatment cascade’, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis of 97 studies presented to

Published
23 July 2014
By
Roger Pebody
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
IDU and HIV in the Middle East: a brief window of opportunity?

Pakistan saw rocketing levels of HIV (from near 0% to 23% in six months) following introduction of the infection into IDU populations. Low prevalence countries, including those about which we know little, may have only a brief “window of opportunity” before they experience a comparable explosion of HIV among their own IDU populations.

Published
22 July 2014
From
BMJ Group blogs
Good adherence seen in study of intermittent PrEP

The first results published from the IPERGAY study, a trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in gay men taking place in France and Quebec, Canada, appear to indicate

Published
22 July 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Cash transfers plus care halve HIV risk behaviours in South African adolescents

Combining unconditional economic support in the form of government cash transfers, school feeding and food gardens, and psychosocial support (positive parenting and teacher social support) reduced incidence of

Published
22 July 2014
By
Carole Leach-Lemens

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