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New Study Reveals How A Specific Colonial Legacy Determines Female HIV Rates in Africa

A new peer-reviewed study finds that the legacy of the legal system of a country’s former colonizer has a significant effect on HIV rates in the country. Different legal systems approached property rights for married women in different ways.

22 February 2018
UN Dispatch
Preventing and treating HIV in Saint Petersburg

According to the Centre for AIDS Prevention and Control in Saint Petersburg in the Russian Federation, fewer people are becoming infected with HIV in the city. “Ten years ago, Saint Petersburg was among the top five most affected cities in the Russian Federation. Now it is only the 14th most affected,” said Denis Gusev, Head Physician of the AIDS centre.

21 February 2018
Philippines HIV cases soar 3147% in 10 years as Duterte says condoms 'not satisfying'

Faced with sexual health crisis of epidemic proportions, Philippine President advises against using protection.

21 February 2018
The Independent
South Africa: Focus on blessers driving HIV

They are known as the players, plyers, sugar daddies or blessers. They enter into relationships with young girls as a transaction: you give me unprotected sex and I give you money, a cell phone, airtime, new clothes, make up, school fees, a car, whatever you or your family might need. South African healthcare workers should actively implement and support strategies that target people at risk and “blessers” who are driving the HIV epidemic among young women.

15 February 2018
Medical Brief
Majority of over-65s would like more sex, survey finds

The charity Independent Age said its survey showed age was "no barrier to having a sex life". A third are happy to have sex on a first date but most did not take any precautions against sexually transmitted infections when they started having sex with a new partner.

14 February 2018
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Recognizing Our Resilience

While so much of the discussion around race and HIV seems to conjure up negative perceptions about people in the communities most impacted, today I want to pose a more positive framing for the discussion.

08 February 2018
AIDS United
An epidemic of bullshit

Two or three times a year, there’ll be a report released on how many new sexually transmitted infections were diagnosed in the previous year. Usually there’s an up-tick in something and media coverage follows like, well, clockwork. Just as predictable are the narratives invoked to contextualise the findings - online dating, hookup apps, ‘complacency as a result of improvements to HIV treatment', decreased condom use and more young people travelling overseas.

31 January 2018
Children Exposed to Drugs, Violence Experience Higher Incidence of HIV as Adults

Evidence suggests that exposure to certain types of mental and physical stress in adolescence may make it more likely that as adults they will practice behaviors that increase the risk of HIV infection.

07 January 2018
MD Mag
Fighting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the South

Despite national progress, the South is experiencing ‘an HIV hurricane.’

06 December 2017
U.S. News & World Report
Why Are So Many Americans Still Dying from HIV?

The numbers are still embarrassingly high, and reasons why are complicated.

04 December 2017
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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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