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HIV Mystery: Solved?

 Anyone who was following the HIV epidemic in 2001 found the news shocking: a massive study of young gay men in the United States found that a whopping 32 percent of those who were black had HIV. Why, after some 15 years of widespread campaigns in gay communities urging condom use, was the HIV rate among black men so staggeringly high—and still rising? Today, many researchers have shifted their attention to PrEP, a breakthrough that, they hope, will simplify things considerably.  But the effort to turn PrEP’s promise into a reality is providing insight that is valuable beyond HIV. The long, failing attempt to crack the riddle of black gay men’s higher HIV rate is a cautionary tale for any public-health system operating in a world with endemic inequity.

Published
01 March 2016
From
The Nation
New Report and Monitoring Tool: HIV, HCV, TB and Harm Reduction in Prisons

A new report from Harm Reduction International identifies some of the most important human rights and public health standards relating to HIV, HCV and TB in prisons, and the vital role of harm reduction provision in ensuring them.

Published
10 February 2016
From
Harm Reduction International
Cutting prison sentences could reduce spread of HIV, study suggests

Reducing incarceration in a community may reduce the number of sexual partners men and women have, therefore reducing the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

Published
09 February 2016
From
EurekAlert
Prison needle programs touted to reduce HIV and Hep C

Researchers hope new government's "evidence-based" outlook will open door for safe injection programs in Canadian jails.

Published
03 February 2016
From
Toronto Star
Hepatitis C prevention, control efforts should focus on incarcerated individuals

More than one in nine people with hepatitis C in Canada spend time in a correctional facility each year and researchers said this presents a unique opportunity to focus hepatitis C prevention and control efforts in incarcerated populations.

Published
17 December 2015
From
EurekAlert (press release)
Why Are So Many Black Women Dying of AIDS?

Higher incarceration rates among black males explain the lion’s share of the black-white disparity in AIDS infection rates among both men and women.

Published
15 December 2015
From
New York Times
Hepatitis C screening of prison inmates would benefit wider community, be cost-effective

The benefits of screening prison inmates for infection with the hepatitis C virus and treating those who test positive for the infection would extend far beyond the prison population.

Published
24 November 2015
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Europe’s response to HIV: ECDC reports identify key areas for action

In a set of reports published today, ECDC gives an overview on how European countries have been responding to the HIV epidemic since 2004 based on the commitments as outlined in the Dublin Declaration on Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia.

Published
15 September 2015
From
ECDC
Botswana prisons: Foreign inmates win case for free HIV treatment

Botswana's court of appeal has upheld a ruling that foreign prisoners should receive free treatment for HIV/Aids, rights lawyers say.

Published
28 August 2015
From
BBC
The missing link in new US AIDS strategy

President Barack Obama has announced a National HIV/AIDS strategy designed to carry the country’s policy through to 2020. The updated policy, positive in many ways, lacks one crucial element: the criminal justice system’s role in fueling HIV and AIDS.

Published
20 August 2015
From
The Hill

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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