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Rwanda making considerable gains in HIV response

16 April, 2014

Rwanda was one of the first countries globally to achieve universal coverage of HIV treatment. While treatment coverage challenges remain, Rwanda may hold many lessons for other nations in Africa and around the around.

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Socioeconomic status associated with HIV mortality in Uganda

10 April, 2014

Unemployment, a lack of formal education and claiming housing benefit are all indicators linked with HIV and AIDS-related mortality in Uganda. The findings, published ahead of print in JAIDS, are among the first to link vital socioeconomic status (SES) indicators, including wealth index components, with HIV and AIDS mortality in low- and middle-income countries.

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Survey reveals South Africa has highest new infection rate globally

4 April, 2014

South Africa's Human Sciences Research Council's (HSRC) National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey has revealed the country had the highest HIV incidence rate in the world in 2012 with an estimated 400,000 people newly infected with HIV.

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Tajikistan lifts travel ban

31 March, 2014

Tajikistan have lifted their travel ban for people living with HIV, meaning that there are now no restrictions on entry, stay and residence in the country based solely on someone’s HIV status. The amendment was signed into law earlier this month, signifying a positive step forward for people living with HIV around the world and for public health in general.

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Crimea annexation to signal harm reduction crisis

25 March, 2014

Fears are growing over the future health and wellbeing of up to 14,000 drug users in the Crimea region following its annexation from Russia. The head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Agency, Viktor Ivanov, stated that the closing down of opioid substitution therapy (OST) clinics in the region was an immediate priority for the agency.

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Likely HIV transmission from female-to-female sex reported

19 March, 2014

A possible case of HIV transmission as a result of sex between women has been reported in the United States. The US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) stated that a woman had tested positive for HIV, and had most likely been transmitted the virus from her ex-partner through female-to-female sex. The HIV in the newly infected woman is identical to that of her ex-partner, and no other risky behaviours relating to HIV transmission have been reported.

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57th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs commences in Vienna

14 March, 2014

The 57th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) commenced yesterday in Vienna, an annual meeting convened to discuss international drug policy and attended by UN member states, civil society, policy makers and other key stakeholders. This year’s CND includes a high-level segment to discuss progress made, and review the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action on the world drug problem.

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Laos HIV response under scrutiny

12 March, 2014

Low government engagement in Laos has resulted in HIV being poorly integrated into the public health system and 93 percent of the national AIDS budget coming from foreign donors. Awareness and knowledge of HIV among the general population is low and it is common for people to come forward for treatment when they have already fallen ill.

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