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San Francisco to focus HIV services on homeless population

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month awarded San Francisco an $8 million-four year grant to help eliminate HIV, the mayor’s office announced it would dedicate the extra funds to the city’s most vulnerable populations – focusing on those without homes.

Published
29 November 2018
From
Mission Local
HIV rates lower in states that target intimate partner violence

States that aggressively target intimate partner violence (IPV) in their health care systems have lower rates of HIV infection among women, according to a new study led by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health. The findings reinforce the belief that exposure to intimate partner violence increases a woman’s risk for HIV infection and suggest that integrating comprehensive IPV policies at the state level can positively impact women’s health.

Published
16 November 2018
From
Yale News
Hunger is linked to testing positive for HIV in South Africa

People who struggle to get food on the table are more likely to test positive for HIV in South Africa, according to a study of 2,742 adults testing for HIV at three primary healthcare clinics in KwaZulu Natal.

Published
20 September 2018
From
Avert
FRESH program combines basic science with social benefits for women at risk of HIV

A program established by the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard is addressing the persistently elevated risk of HIV infection among young women in South Africa from two angles -- first, investigating biological factors that modulate infection risk and the early immunologic events following viral exposure, and second, alleviating the socioeconomic factors that limit opportunities for young women, the group at greatest risk in the region hit hardest by the HIV epidemic.

Published
16 September 2018
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Social Determinants of Health Debated at USCA 2018

To enroll and retain people with HIV in treatment, physicians and HIV care providers need to acknowledge the social determinants of health and the barriers that keep patients, especially young people of color, out of care.

Published
04 September 2018
From
Medscape (requires free registration)
The fall-out of war: women are twice as likely to be living with HIV in post-conflict Uganda

Women who survived the war in Northern Uganda are almost twice as likely to be living with HIV compared to their male peers, and are also disproportionately impacted by trauma and depression, reveals new research.

Published
04 July 2018
From
AVERT
Will a pill be enough to end the HIV epidemic?

We have a pill that can stop us getting infected, a pill that can stop us getting ill and perhaps one day, we’ll have a pill that can cure HIV. But there will never be a pill that cures poverty, inequality, stigma, discrimination and human rights abuses and because of this, no pill will ever be enough to end the HIV epidemic.

Published
27 June 2018
From
Open University
Social Network Support Decreases Risk for HIV Seroconversion in Black MSM

In black men who have sex with men (BMSM) in the United States, the increased presence of social network support can help protect against HIV acquisition, according to results published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

Published
15 June 2018
From
Infectious Disease Advisor
No more victim blaming: Preventing HIV in young women

An estimated 2 000 new HIV infections occur in young women and girls every week in South Africa. Two high-profile programmes are aiming to address this crisis.

Published
15 May 2018
From
Health-e
The Housing Crisis Is So Bad That Men Are Having To Sleep In Gay Saunas

Gay saunas are now at a new frontier of the homelessness epidemic, mopping up the capital’s acute shortage of affordable rental properties and social housing. The scale of the problem is so great that some saunas are having to change their admission policies, fearful of contravening licensing laws.

Published
06 May 2018
From
Buzzfeed

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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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