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Our World AIDS Day 2014 blog brings together voices from the field to share perspectives on the HIV epidemic on this day of remembrance and solidarity. This blog series includes messages from AVERT’s CEO, our partner, the Umunthu Foundation, and a case study from our South African partner, Sisonke. The blog also features guest pieces from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, and the Key Correspondents programme.
New HIV infections among the general population in the United States have declined by 5.6 percent from 2008 to 2011, according to a new report by the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC). The report also finds that key affected populations have been left behind – with men who have sex with men (MSM), young people, adolescents and adults under 30 experiencing an increase in new HIV infections over the same period.
It has been suggested that smartphone apps have the potential to encourage sexual health among men who have sex with men (MSM). Smartphone apps for dating and casual sex have developed substantially and have become widely used by MSM over the last few years. As a result, health organisations are becoming increasingly aware of using these apps for sexual health advertisements, a recent report in the Lancet reveals.
Global HIV prevalence among the over 50’s has doubled from 1995 to 2013, meaning that there are currently 4.2 million people living with HIV in this age group. In a recent study published ahead of print in AIDS journal, researchers compared UNAIDS estimates with national household surveys to confirm accuracy and consistency of the data for the over 50’s. They found the results to be reliably similar, and suggested that more work needs to be done to address the complex social and clinical needs of this group.
The Global Commission on Drug Policy met this week in New York for the launch their new report, Taking Control: pathways to drug policies that work. The report calls on world leaders and policymakers to re-think and reform global drug policy, moving away from the ‘war on drugs’ stance, which they argue has failed, to a stance focused on human rights and access to healthcare.
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.
Returning from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Ben Simms calls on the UK Government to fully engage in the human rights crises facing those most affected by HIV and AIDS - men who have sex with men, people who use drugs and sex workers - so the UK can help steer the world towards the end of the epidemic.
A new report about the inclusion of young key populations in strategic plans in the Asia-Pacific Regional has been released at the 2014 International AIDS conference.