AIDS 2018: Laws meant to end demand for sex work increases workers’ HIV risks, researchers say

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AMSTERDAM – Laws and policies that criminalize clients of sex workers put sex workers at higher risk of HIV infection, researchers said here on Thursday. Sex workers are at 10 times higher risk of becoming infected with HIV than the general population, researchers said. Sex work criminalization laws and so-called “end demand” policies – laws attempting to […]

AIDS 2018: Opioid medication treatment, outreach to sex workers rank among most cost effective HIV interventions, researchers say

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AMSTERDAM – Investments in opioid medication treatment, outreach to sex workers, medical circumcision and condom promotion are the most cost-effective prevention interventions in the global HIV response, but lack adequate funding and should be scaled up to achieve prevention targets, researchers said here today. Their study also found that antiretroviral therapy was a highly cost effective measure […]

AIDS 2018: Elton John announces HIV funding for LGBT and people who inject drugs in Eastern Europe, Central Asia

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AMSTERDAM – Non-governmental organizations in eastern Europe and central Asia providing essential HIV treatment and prevention services to populations who have been left behind in the global HIV response will soon get an infusion of resources to reach people who inject drugs and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Singer and HIV activist Sir Elton John announced […]

AIDS 2018: Safe injecting sites open public health opportunities across Europe

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AMSTERDAM – A man who came to the Uniting Medically Supervised Injection Centre at Kings Cross in the epicenter of Sydney Australia’s conjoined epidemics of infectious diseases and opioid use, was in his late 30s, homeless, with a long history of injecting drugs, and of hepatitis C infection. Seizures, as many as several a week, frequently […]

AIDS 2018: Series of community-wide HIV household surveys have shown directions, possibilities, PEPFAR leader says

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Core policies, including around health system user fees. must evolve in response, Amb. Birx says, adding that fees discriminate against people living in poverty AMSTERDAM – Marking progress toward the goals projected as critical to gaining sustainable control of HIV worldwide, household surveys administered across communities in 15 African countries have shown that reaching the goals […]

AIDS 2018: Undetectable equals Untransmittable

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AMSTERDAM – A year after activists marched onto the stage of an International AIDS Society 2017 Paris Conference plenary session to unfurl a banner proclaiming “Undetectable = Untransmittable,” the data-backed public health message — U = U — that became a movement was endorsed by past and current presidents of the world’s largest association of HIV […]

AIDS 2018: Global health security, economic stability priorities for U.S. global TB response

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AMSTERDAM – Addressing the threats that tuberculosis  poses to global health security and economic stability is the highest prioritiy in the U.S. government’s global TB response, U.S. Agency for International Development’s chief of staff William Steiger said here on Sunday. Drug-resistant forms of TB account for one in four of antimicrobial resistant infections, Steiger said, demanding […]

AIDS 2018: The way to 90-90-90 success against HIV (and more) can be found in Amsterdam

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AMSTERDAM – While global momentum remains insufficient to reach testing and treatment goals deemed critical to controlling HIV, cities with coordinated, localized responses are nearing, have met and even exceeded those goals, data presented here Saturday showed. One is Amsterdam, where, by 2016, 94 percent of all people living with HIV knew it, 93 percent of […]