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21 December 2016

Experimental PrEP drug injected once every two months to begin global trial

Adherence challenges with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) could be overcome if experimental long-acting HIV drug is found to be effective and acceptable.

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14 December 2016

Partner self-testing could be a vital tool to increase uptake of HIV testing among men in sub-Saharan Africa

Near-universal uptake of HIV testing among men who were given self-tests by their partners in Kenya shows its feasibility as an intervention to reach hard-to-reach groups.  

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07 December 2016

People who inject drugs in the USA – a slow decline in new HIV infections amid worrying emerging trends

Injecting drug use accounted for 9% of all new HIV infections in the USA in 2014 – but new demographic trends among people who inject drugs present new challenges for the HIV response. 

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06 December 2016

India reaches 1 million people on treatment

The world’s second largest antiretroviral treatment programme is now reaching just under half of all those living with HIV in India, but challenges remain to achieve UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 Fast-Track targets.

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25 November 2016

Treatment access masks wider barriers to 2020 targets

Treatment access gains are to be applauded – but we will get nowhere if we don’t prevent more new infections and reach out to key affected populations.

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23 November 2016

Global ‘War on Drugs’ has failed and exacerbated the HIV epidemic, say global experts

Drug policy based on prohibition hasn't worked. It's time to build on the success of partial-decriminalisation models with an emphasis on health and human rights, says new report.

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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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18 November 2016

Harm reduction programmes: ‘too few, too vulnerable and too underfunded’

People who inject drugs are increasingly left behind in the HIV response, with limited access to harm reduction services that secure their rights and their health. 

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09 November 2016

Venezuelan AIDS-deaths double in five years amid mounting health crisis

Concerns have been raised about the shortage of antiretroviral drugs available for people living with HIV in Venezuela, which is in the midst of a mounting health crisis.

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08 November 2016

Ukraine steps-up to fund opiate substitution treatment for people who inject drugs

Key affected populations in middle-income countries are hardest hit by global funding cuts, but Ukraine has made a bold move to fund its own response for people who inject drugs.

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