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24 July 2014

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.

09 July 2014

Adolescents & HIV: have we taken our eye off the ball?

The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) is being held this year in Melbourne, Australia, from July 20-25th. The biannual conference is one of the most important events in the HIV calendar, and gives an opportunity for a diverse range of voices to come together, share experiences and drive forward positive change for the HIV epidemic. This guest blog series will include reflections from key organisations working in the field of HIV - the HIV/AIDS Alliance, STOPAIDS, CAFOD and Save the Children.

02 July 2014

Gender inequality key foundation for generalised HIV epidemics

Gender inequality is a major contributor to maintaining and establishing generalised HIV epidemics, according to a new short report published in the International AIDS Society Journal. The report calls on programmes to combat gender inequality as an integral part of public health policy formation and combatting generalised heterosexual HIV epidemics.

20 June 2014

Reaching people who inject drugs in MENA

A systematic review and data synthesis of the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs (PWID) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has revealed hidden epidemics in many countries in the region. As little is known about the HIV epidemic among this vulnerable group in MENA, researchers set out to synthesise existing data to establish a picture of HIV prevalence and incidence among PWID and to describe the risk behaviour environment.