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Duterte's Condom Criticism Imperils Philippine HIV Fight

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in a televised speech before Filipino women on February 13, 2018, urged them to not use condoms, comparing usage to eating wrapped candy.

Published
3 hours ago
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Human Rights Watch
Dr Nneka Nwokolo: Put the power in your hands

Dr Nneka Nwokolo shared with the TEDxEuston community her wish to prevent African women from getting HIV needlessly. As a HIV consultant, she has witnessed in her practice how a ground-breaking pill called PrEP can help stop the spread of HIV amongst African women in addition to the traditional preventative methods such as condoms. This is a game changer that put’s choice and power into the hands of women who are at risk of getting HIV on the continent and its diaspora.

Published
6 hours ago
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Michel Kazatchkine: Winds of hope on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia?

Much of the media coverage focused on the intransigence of the government of the Russian Federation to changing its prevention policies around HIV/AIDS. However, this focus also obscures the fact that in Eastern Europe and Central Asia which has been much maligned over the past decade for its slowness in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, we are now beginning to see strong hints that public health initiatives based on scientific evidence are taking on a legitimacy across the region.

Published
7 hours ago
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BMJ
Queen’s University Announces Novel Drug Delivery System With Potential to Reduce HIV Rates

Queen’s, along with their collaborators, PATH, ViiV Healthcare, the Population Council and LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme AG will combine their complementary expertise to develop a novel microarray patch for HIV PrEP in preparation for future clinical trials.

Published
16 February 2018
From
Infection Control Today
How both sides in Ukraine's war are losing the HIV battle

Displacement, aid delivery issues, and different strategies are all feeding a raging epidemic.

Published
16 February 2018
From
IRINnews.org
New York Will Investigate Reports of Gay Men Denied Insurance

State financial regulators in New York said Wednesday that they would investigate reports that gay men have been denied insurance policies covering life, disability or long-term care because they were taking medication to protect themselves against H.I.V. Such denials would amount to illegal discrimination based on sexual orientation, and the companies doing so could be penalized, said Maria T. Vullo, the state’s superintendent of financial services.

Published
15 February 2018
From
New York Times
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.

Published
15 February 2018
From
Medical Brief
PrEP does not raise lipids or alter body fat, safety study finds

Using PrEP does not raise lipid levels or have any substantial effect on body fat, investigators from the iPrEX trial report this month in the

Published
15 February 2018
By
Keith Alcorn
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.

Published
14 February 2018
From
BBC
Understanding that undetectable equals untransmissible improves people's sex lives

People who understood it was impossible to pass on HIV with an undetectable viral load experienced intimacy and connection with their sexual partners.

Published
14 February 2018
From
Gay Star News
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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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