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09 August 2018

The HIV prevention crisis – increasing knowledge through innovation

With no improvements in HIV knowledge over the last decade, the signalling of a ‘prevention crisis’ by UNAIDS calls for innovation in the response.  

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02 May 2018

HIV response in Nigeria buckles under pressure of continued conflict with Boko Haram

New comparison reveals significant drops in HIV service provision, as Nigeria’s Borno State feels the impact of years of armed conflict with Boko Haram.  

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25 January 2018

Just 45% of young women in East and Southern Africa are virally suppressed

PEPFAR-funded Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) surveys reveal a lack of knowledge of HIV status as a major barrier to achieving global HIV targets.  

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07 November 2017

HIV in West and Central Africa – the state of an epidemic left behind

The UNAIDS, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and African Union 18-month catch-up plan aims to increase treatment access and reduce mortality in West and Central Africa.

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06 July 2017

2 million healthcare workers by 2020, says African Union

The African Union endorses two health plans to transform health systems and end AIDS by 2030 in the region.

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21 June 2017

Getting children on HIV treatment – the failure of the Global Plan

Ending paediatric AIDS is now within our reach thanks to the mass scale-up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services. However, the treatment needs for children already living with HIV must to be urgently addressed.

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15 June 2017

Needs of gay men and sex workers ignored in new Ugandan HIV plan

World’s first presidential Fast-Track initiative put’s Uganda back in driving seat of HIV response, but a lack of recognition of rights of at-risk groups will continue to hamper their efforts.

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27 February 2017

Gaps in the global HIV response leave people with disabilities at high risk of infection

People with disabilities in developing countries are at high risk of HIV infection with HIV prevalence nearly double that than among those without disabilities.
 

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22 November 2016

Adolescence a ‘dangerous time’ for young girls – particularly in sub-Saharan Africa

New HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women fell by only 6% between 2010 and 2015. This puts the HIV response severely off-track to reach the UNAIDS 2020 Fast-Track Targets.

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02 March 2015

Abstinence and faithfulness programmes not effective

Nearly $US1.3 billion has been spent on the promotion of abstinence and faithfulness programmes by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in sub-Saharan Africa, with no significant impact on sexual behaviour, or reduction in HIV incidence. These disappointing results came from an analysis of sexual health data from 14 different countries where PEPFAR programmes are implemented, and were presented at last week’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015).

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