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12 December 2014

Human rights cannot be overlooked in the response to HIV

With the passing of International Human Rights Day on 10 December, it is important to recognise the link between HIV and human rights. Stigma and discrimination characterise the global HIV epidemic making it difficult for key populations to reach the HIV prevention and treatment services they need.

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09 December 2014

Positive messaging about safer injecting better for engaging PWID

Delivering positive messaging about safer injecting practices could have a greater impact on engaging people who use drugs in harm reduction programmes.

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01 December 2014

World AIDS Day 2014: What contract are you on?

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.

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01 December 2014

World AIDS Day 2014: A message from AVERT's CEO

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.

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21 November 2014

UNAIDS report calls for speedy response to the global HIV epidemic

The rate of new HIV infections is likely to increase without rapid action over the next 5 years according to the latest UNAIDS report. The report, "Fast-Track: Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030", says that the adoption of a Fast-Track approach would prevent 28 million new HIV infections and 21 million AIDS-related deaths by 2030.

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14 November 2014

Twitter’s potential role in the delivery of health messages

Advertisers have already discovered it and are using it intensely. The question is, why are public healthcare providers not? Social media is an increasingly important form of communication, so why are healthcare providers not using this medium to get their messages across? A recent study shows how social media can inform the public about health.

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12 November 2014

Stem cell research could lead to a cure for HIV

‘Berlin Patient’ Timothy Brown was cured of HIV after he received stem cells from a patient who was naturally immune. Since then, research groups have tried to recreate this natural immunity. Researchers at Harvard Stem Cell Institute have recently published research on how blood cells can be made inaccessible to HIV.

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03 November 2014

Retention of care for people on PEP needs to be addressed

Retention of care for people taking post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV needs to be improved, with only 56 percent of people eligible for PEP completing the 28-day treatment regime. In a study published in AIDS Journal, the authors analyse data on completion rates for PEP, highlighting the need to understand poor adherence rates and integrate this understanding into the broader HIV agenda.

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27 October 2014

Researchers identify promising target for HIV treatment

HIV can be hidden in the body for years before quickly replicating itself and attacking the immune system. Researchers at the Salk Institute have discovered a new protein (Ssu72), responsible for the activation of HIV, and believe this can be a new target for HIV treatment. The protein, which participates in the activation of the HIV-1, is part of a switch that wakes up the virus.

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24 October 2014

TB rates still too high according to the WHO

Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the world’s deadliest communicable diseases states the latest Global Tuberculosis Report by the World Health Organization. In 2013, an estimated 9 million people were infected with TB with 1.5 million dying from the disease. Of which, 360 000 people were co-infected with TB and HIV.

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