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Durex condoms withdrawn in Russia

Russia has banned the widely popular Durex condoms over a bureaucratic issue regarding the products’ registration, according to the country’s health authorities.

Published
17 June 2016
From
The Guardian
People who inject drugs have other priorities ahead of PrEP

People who inject drugs have fundamental concerns about HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the manner in which it is being promoted, according to a consultation conducted by

Published
17 June 2016
By
Roger Pebody
HIV treatment reduces HIV transmission by 77% in South African couples

Antiretroviral treatment reduced the risk of HIV transmission by 77% in serodiscordant couples in rural South Africa, a population-based study carried out in the South African province

Published
16 June 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
Open letter: on futility of proposed UK PrEP study

The following letter was sent to NHS England in response to being asked to join a community advisory board for proposed further PrEP research. While there are important questions that might still be useful, this proposed study is looking at none of these.

Published
16 June 2016
From
HIV i-Base
Leading public health bodies call for decriminalisation of drugs

Report from Royal Society for Public Health and Faculty of Public Health says misuse of drugs should be a health issue, not a criminal one.

Published
16 June 2016
From
The Guardian
Motivational harm-reduction more effective than education among at-risk injectors

Injectors at risk of infection due to sharing equipment responded best to brief risk-reduction counselling based on motivational rather than educational principles, offering a way to augment the benefits of harm reduction services.

Published
14 June 2016
From
Drug & Alcohol Findings
Improving the Effect of HIV Drugs by Use of the Tat Vaccine

A phase II clinical trial conducted in South Africa has confirmed that the therapeutic Tat vaccine against HIV/AIDS can effectively improve the response to antiretroviral drugs in people living with HIV. The results are published today in the peer-review open access Journal Retrovirology.

Published
13 June 2016
From
Istituto Superiore di Sanità press release
Identifying “hotspots” of HIV transmission with big data

Public health officials in Canada are using big data to track HIV outbreaks in real time and target their outreach to people most at risk.

Published
10 June 2016
From
BETA blog
Cultural Sensitivities Obstacle at UN AIDS Conference

No one at the high-level United Nations conference devoted to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 denies serious scientific and financial challenges remain, but cultural sensitivities may prove the toughest stumbling block on the way to achieving that goal. A number of gay and transgender groups were excluded from attending the three-day-long conference that began Wednesday by countries who objected to their presence and nations squabbled over references in a final statement to topics involving gay sex and intravenous drug use.

Published
09 June 2016
From
New York Times
The NHS shouldn’t fund a drug that prevents HIV

What would you say if a powerful cyclists’ pressure group ganged up on the NHS and lobbied it to provide free cycle helmets to anyone who asked for one, accusing it of having on its hands the blood of every helmet-less cyclist who died while the NHS tried to spurn the demand? I think I can guess the answer in the case of most readers: shove off and buy your own helmets.

Published
09 June 2016
From
The Spectator

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