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AIDS 2014: Reflections
A reflection on the 20th International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2014
World Hepatitis Day: Antiretroviral drug also benefits the treatment of hepatitis C
World Hepatitis Day (July 28th), aims to raise awareness of viral hepatitis around the world. Hepatitis C is considered to be causing a “dual epidemic” with HIV because it is highly prevalent in HIV-endemic areas. Hepatitis C can be cured, although effective treatments are often inaccessible in low- and middle-income countries. A new study concludes that antiretroviral drugs used in HIV treatment can have a direct effect on hepatitis C viral load reduction, making an early antiretroviral intervention in those co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C mandatory.
National AIDS strategic plans failing to include young key populations
A new report ‘In or Out? Asia-Pacific Regional Review of the Inclusion of Young Key Populations in National AIDS Strategic Plans’ has been released at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne. Stating that many countries in the Asia-Pacific Region
are failing to include at-risk youth in their strategic plans in the fight against HIV/AIDS
Study suggests decriminalising sex work could dramatically reduce HIV infections
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.