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  • Transmission facts

    HIV can only be passed on when one person's body fluids get inside another person. HIV can be passed on during sex without a condom,...

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  • Undetectable viral load and HIV transmission

    Effective HIV treatment stops HIV from being passed on during sex.If you have had an undetectable viral load for at least six months and you...

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  • Oral sex

    Many people enjoy giving and receiving oral sex – kissing, licking or sucking another person’s genitals.The risk of getting HIV from performing oral sex on...

    From: Factsheets

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  • HIV transmission

    The two main ways in which HIV is passed on are unprotected vaginal and anal sex.Condoms, PrEP and HIV treatment are effective ways of preventing...

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  • Sex

    Having HIV can affect people’s feelings about sex in many different ways. Some people become anxious about passing HIV on, or feel less desirable. While some people go...

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  • Risk

    An examination of prosecuted behaviours, using scientific evidence to determine actual risk, and how this evidence has been applied in jurisdictions worldwide....

    From: HIV & the criminal law

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  • How transmission occurs

    HIV can be transmitted through – and, as far as essentially all evidence shows, only through – several well-established routes: By sharing injecting equipment By...

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  • Sharing “Cookers” Heightens HIV Transmission Risk—But There’s An Easy Way To Fix That

    Sharing injection drug preparation equipment, like “cookers,” increases people’s risks of transmitting HIV, according to a study released online in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome on April 19. But another study published alongside these findings suggests a simple way to greatly mitigate those risks: Heat the “wash,” or drug mixture, in your metal cooker to a boil for 10 seconds.

    01 May 2019 | Filter
  • Your sexual partners can change your microbiome, finds a study in mice

    The study also hints at a link between those microbiome changes and a person's immune system and susceptibility to infections like HIV.

    05 April 2019 | STAT
  • Control HIV by treating schistosomiasis, new study suggests

    Of the 34 million people worldwide with HIV, and the 200 million with schistosomiasis, the majority live in Africa -- where millions of people are simultaneously infected with both diseases. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have shown that schistosomiasis infections are associated with increased HIV onward transmission, HIV acquisition in HIV negative women with urogenital schistosomiasis, and progression to death in HIV positive women.

    17 December 2018 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Aspirin could help reduce HIV infections in women

    The major question posed by our study was this: as an anti-inflammatory drug, could Aspirin reduce the number of HIV target cells and make them less activated?

    22 November 2018 | The Conversation
  • HIV Risk Greatest During Follicular Phase of Menstrual Cycle

    The follicular phase of the menstrual cycle may be the most vulnerable time for HIV-1 acquisition in women—not the luteal phase, as previously thought—according to the results of a new study published online October 31 in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

    16 November 2018 |
  • Why Is HIV Not Spread By Mosquitos?

    Have you ever wondered why mosquito-transmitted infections were responsible for shutting down the first attempt to build the Panama Canal (rampant yellow fever) or are able to kill hundreds of thousands of children (malaria) each year in Africa, yet no one has ever been infected with HIV from a mosquito bite?

    03 October 2018 | American Council on Science and Health
  • Anogenital Warts May Act as Portals for HIV Transmission

    Significantly higher HIV-target cell concentrations are found in anogenital warts than in normal, site-matched skin, suggesting that anogenital warts may promote the sexual transmission of HIV, according to a study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

    16 September 2018 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • Study suggests aspirin reduces HIV target cells in women

    Women who regularly take aspirin could significantly reduce inflammation associated with contracting HIV, new research finds. The pilot study, released Thursday, does not suggest that taking aspirin will prevent transmission of the disease. The research also did not factor in men.

    10 August 2018 | CTV
  • HIV transmission filmed live by French scientists

    A team of French researchers has succeeded in filming HIV infecting a healthy cell. UNAIDS spoke to Morgane Bomsel, Research Team Director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), about the feat.

    29 May 2018 | UNAIDS
  • Zambia, South Africa prevention study finds those with herpes virus facing six times HIV risk

    Communities’ HIV prevalence could be predicted “almost exactly” from prevalence of herpes virus, researchers find.

    14 April 2018 | Science Speaks
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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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