Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Amnesty International adopts sex work decriminalization policy

By on .

Despite calls from some celebrities, faith-based and anti-sex work organizations, the global human rights group Amnesty International adopted a policy to support the full decriminalization of sex work and protect the human rights of sex workers at the International Council Meeting, the group’s decision-making forum, earlier this month. The policy calls on countries to ensure […]

HIV rates high among adolescent girls while sexual health services access low, says report

By on .

Globally adolescent girls in low and middle-income countries continue to face unmet needs when it comes to their sexual and reproductive health, according to a report published by the Guttmacher Institute. Two-thirds of sexually active adolescent women worldwide do not have access to contraceptives – this unmet need contributes to higher risks of HIV, unintended […]

New site details how PEPFAR funding is spent

By on .

Amfar, the Foundation for AIDS Research, has launched a new website designed to help civil society organizations, ministries of health and finance, researchers, and others access President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief funding data. The website, featuring a navigable database of PEPFAR country and regional operational plans, lays out how $29 billion in planned funding […]

Global health organization leaders call for PEPFAR to deliver “Right things, right places, right targets — right now”

By on .

Policy leaders of five organizations addressing global health issues wrote a column published in Devex Monday calling on the White House to set new HIV treatment and prevention targets for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Signed by representatives of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the ONE Campaign; amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS […]

Interactive website highlights global gaps, leaders, outliers among national HIV policies

By on .

When the World Health Organization released an announcement in Vancouver this month that its updated and highly anticipated HIV treatment guidelines were “moving towards” advising treatment for all people living with HIV, the international agency noted that the recommendations follow scientific evidence from three major clinical research trials showing that immediate access to antiretroviral treatment […]

With UNAIDS as common denominator, reports bring impetus, optimism, and now, realities

By on .

Kaiser/UNAIDS report looks at donor funding for HIV responses and sees sole donor preventing drop in dollars First came the UNAIDS Lancet report, which warned that without accelerated movement to greatly increase access to antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV worldwide, progress against the epidemic would not only stall, but reverse. Next came the […]

People with HIV who inject drugs benefit most from integrated treatment, study finds

By on .

While antiretroviral treatment and opioid substitution therapy (methadone, for example) each increase survival rates among people who inject drugs and live with HIV, the two treatments lower risks of dying from all causes, including those stemming from drug use and HIV, most effectively when both are available at the same time, a study reported in […]

Analysis shows death rate divide for those with and without earlier access to HIV treatment

By on .

Comparison shows that in 2013, an estimated 65 of every thousand people living with HIV in Nigeria died, a rate as much as 13 times that of higher income countries Ensuring that in the next five years, 90 percent of people living with HIV in South Africa are aware of their infections, 90 percent of […]