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Study suggests decriminalising sex work could dramatically reduce HIV infections
24 July, 2014
A new study presented at the 2014 International AIDS Conference has found that decriminalising sex-work could reduce HIV infections by 33-46 percent over the next 10 years. Published in the Lancet’s new series, HIV and Sex Workers, the study researched HIV among female sex workers (FSW) across Canada, India and Kenya.
Breakthrough in multi-drug resistant TB treatment
22 July, 2014
A major breakthrough in treatment of tuberculosis has been announced. Experiments with a new cocktail of drugs has proven to be very effective in the treatment of multi-drug resistance tuberculosis, and will also shorten the total treatment period. Through this development TB treatment can become, cheaper, safer and more effective.
AVERT pays tribute to colleagues lost on MH17 flight
21 July, 2014
AVERT shares its condolences and deepest sympathies for the tragic loss of life due to the crash of flight MH17. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and dear colleagues of those who have died. We pay tribute to those who were flying to attend the AIDS 2014 conference and recognise their invaluable contribution to the HIV response.
UNAIDS GAP report calls for greater focus on people left behind
18 July, 2014
UNAIDS has released their GAP report highlighting the gaps in the global response to HIV. A key recommendation is the need to focus on populations that are underserved and at higher risk of HIV.
New WHO guidelines recommend PrEP for all MSM
15 July, 2014
Prior to the start of the 2014 International AIDS conference in Melbourne, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has published their first consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations.
Addressing stigma and discrimination through faith leaders
14 July, 2014
Stigma and discrimination remain the greatest challenges for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. They are also two of the biggest obstacles to accessing prevention, care and support services. In response to this challenge CAFOD, in partnership with GNP+, created the Stigma Reduction Initiative (SRI): a programme to reduce stigma and discrimination within communities by working through faith leaders.
Amivi’s story: Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in South Sudan
11 July, 2014
Amivi*, 27, who is living with HIV, has been going to the one Save the Children’s health facility in Nimule every day to receive free antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. Despite the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, Save the Children has continued its effort to care for the children in this global hot spot. Today, she is at the centre not only for her own medical care but to follow up on the HIV status of her 18-month-old daughter, Yabo*.
Adolescents & HIV: have we taken our eye off the ball?
9 July, 2014
According to a World Health Organisation report published earlier this year, HIV is now estimated to be the number two cause of death among adolescents aged 10-19 globally, and the number one in Africa, and this at a time when HIV-related deaths are decreasing in all other age groups. Adolescent health, and in particular adolescent health and HIV, continues to be a missing piece of the global health jigsaw and one of the reasons is the complexity of the issues – and consequent decisions that need to be taken - facing service providers working with this age group.