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HIV research and prevention programs at risk with decline in investments

19 August, 2014

The HIV Vaccines and Microbicides Resource Tracking Working Group reports that the total amount spent on HIV prevention research dropped in 2013. Key reasons are a reduction in investments by the United States and European government donors and changes in the international development landscape.

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Police working with, rather than against, key populations.

13 August, 2014

Increasingly, across the globe, HIV organisations and experts are training police to implement harm reduction strategies to prevent HIV transmission among people who inject drugs (PWID) and sex workers. Police relations with these key populations have been largely negative, with these groups highly susceptible to police violence and harassment.

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Potential new way for women to protect themselves against HIV infection

12 August, 2014

Bio-engineers from the University of Washington have discovered a potential faster way to deliver drugs to protect women from HIV infection, through simply inserting a tampon shaped applicator minutes before having sex. This new development could provide a more effective and discreet form of HIV protection for women.

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HIV epidemic roughly 25% smaller than originally estimated

6 August, 2014

Last week The Lancet published a study which used a new systematic analysis method for the global, regional and national incidence and mortality for HIV, TB and Malaria.  This study revealed that previous HIV mortality estimates have been hugely overestimated, and that the HIV epidemic is actually around 25 percent smaller than previously estimated, particularly across the concentrated epidemics of Latin America and...

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HIV and the human rights crises among key affected groups

4 August, 2014

Returning from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Ben Simms calls on the UK Government to fully engage in the human rights crises facing those most affected by HIV and AIDS - men who have sex with men, people who use drugs and sex workers - so the UK can help steer the world towards the end of the epidemic.

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HIV self-testing kits available in the UK.

1 August, 2014

HIV self-testing kits are available over-the-counter in the UK. Availability of these kinds of tests might increase the number of people testing for HIV, it will also raise concerns about the appropriateness and impact of the test on a personal and epidemic level.

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AIDS 2014: Reflections

29 July, 2014

A reflection on the 20th International AIDS Conference 2014, by AVERT's Research and Information Officer

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World Hepatitis Day: Antiretroviral drug also benefits the treatment of hepatitis C

28 July, 2014

World Hepatitis Day (July 28th), aims to raise awareness of viral hepatitis around the world. Hepatitis C is considered to be causing a “dual epidemic” with HIV because it is highly prevalent in HIV-endemic areas. Hepatitis C can be cured, although effective treatments are often inaccessible in low- and middle-income countries. A new study concludes that antiretroviral drugs used in HIV treatment can have a direct effect on hepatitis C viral load reduction, making an early antiretroviral intervention in those co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C mandatory.

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