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Socioeconomic status associated with HIV mortality in Uganda
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.
Survey reveals South Africa has highest new infection rate globally
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.
Tajikistan lifts travel ban
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.
Crimea annexation to signal harm reduction crisis
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.