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There has been an estimated 15 percent increase in new HIV infections among South Sudanese refugees in a Ugandan refugee camp. Since the conflict in South Sudan re-erupted, 1.5 million people have been displaced, with over 421,000 fleeing to neighbouring countries such as Uganda. In one Ugandan refugee camp, Kiryandogo, the population is increasing every day with an expected 35,000 refugees by the end of 2014.
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Corporate social responsibility to combat HIV in the workforce
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.
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.