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13 July 2016

UNAIDS calls for urgent action to close ‘prevention gap’

UNAIDS has raised the alarm on new HIV infections among adults and the need to step up prevention efforts with 1.9 million adults becoming infected with HIV globally each year since 2010.

12 July 2016

Australia has beaten AIDS but HIV continues to spread

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations this week declared that AIDS is no longer a public health issue in Australia. In contrast HIV remains a high concern, with no decline in the number of new HIV transmissions for the past decade.

08 June 2016

Thailand first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Thailand has become the first country in Asia to eliminnate mother-to-child transmission, meaning the rate of transmission has fallen below 2%.

25 May 2016

In Option B+, side-effects and needing time to think are key reasons for not taking HIV medication

A qualitative study of women in Malawi who chose not to take HIV treatment as part of the country’s Option B+ programme, or who interrupted their treatment, has found that needing more time to think, concerns about partner support, and side-effects were important reasons for declining to take HIV treatment.

20 May 2016

Organisations representing gay and drug user voices banned from UN High-Level Meeting

More than 20 organisations representing the voices of people who use drugs and LGBT communities have been banned by their countries from attending next month’s UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS. 

15 April 2016

Peru the latest country to approve PrEP

Peru is the latest country to approve the use of the antiretroviral drug, Truvada, as pre-exposure prohpylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV among people at a high risk of infection. 

05 April 2016

Does Uganda need to realign its male circumcision campaign?

Although more Ugandan men are seeking medical circumcision, the government is falling short of its 80 per cent target. This has led some health experts to ask if Uganda should adopt a new strategy to encourage more men to come forward.

23 March 2016

Advocates left shocked by NHS England decision against providing PrEP

National Health Service (NHS) England has decided against providing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV-negative people at a high risk of HIV, sparking outrage among a number of HIV charities and service providers in the UK.

23 February 2016

Vaginal rings containing antiretroviral moderately effective in preventing HIV – but not in the youngest women

Two recent studies show that vaginal rings are effective at cutting HIV infection rates among women. But the overall effectiveness was not significant - less than a third of infections were prevented.

21 January 2016

Russian HIV epidemic reaches one million

Number of people living with HIV in Russia reaches 1 million. People aged 25-35 are particularly effected, with injecting drug use and heterosexual sex the most common routes of transmission.