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Organisations operating in countries with a high HIV prevalence are increasingly making efforts to tackle the epidemic and develop strategies to reduce workers risk of HIV. Ill health and loss of life are major negative cost of the epidemic; however it also has the effect of crippling economies, as a significant proportion of the work force is affected. Industries such as oil and gas have realised that addressing HIV makes business sense, as well as ensuring the well-being of thousands of people.
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HIV research and prevention programs at risk with decline in investments
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.
Police working with, rather than against, key populations.
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.
Potential new way for women to protect themselves against HIV infection
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.
HIV epidemic roughly 25% smaller than originally estimated
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... Read more