Tag Archives: MSM

Study: With obstacles to services for men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs, diagnosis is first pitfall to HIV care in India

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Consider the gains India, home to the third largest number of people living with HIV in the world, has made against HIV in the last 10 years. With rates of HIV among women getting prenatal care dropping by 50 percent in that time, the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal  for 2020 — 90 percent of people with […]

AIDS 2014: Gay Men, MSM and Transgender Pre-Conference Kicks Off in Melbourne

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Science Speaks is live-blogging from AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, Australia through the coming week, with updates on research, policy and insights from the 20th International AIDS Conference. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – The opening session of a two-day pre-conference on Gay Men, MSM and Transgender People in the Global AIDS Response sponsored by The Global Forum on […]

In treatment as prevention era, health communication plays new and critical role

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When biomedical answers have supplanted behavior change messages as the most promising measures of preventing HIV transmission, what is the role of health communication in confronting the epidemic now? That is one of the questions an interdisciplinary group met to discuss at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health last year and it led […]

Ukraine HIV epidemic response scenarios project potentials for lives saved, infections averted by level of investment

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Outcomes hinge on increased resources, harm reduction, outreach to men who have sex with men, women in sex work, clients, injecting drug users, partners, and prisoners Released in December, before the dissolution of Ukrainian control of Crimea and continued threats to the autonomy of the rest of the country, Lives on The Line, Funding Needs […]

In Russia a UNAIDS conference setting ignores abuses, while in Bangladesh sex workers supply answers, and in Zambia rules raise questions — We’re reading about HIV and human rights (and Uganda . . .)

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An open letter to UNAIDS on Russia’s drug policies – Leaders of harm reduction and HIV advocacy organizations across Eastern Europe and Central Asia condemn the decision by UNAIDS to participate in, and support a regional conference on HIV set to take place in Moscow, where harsh government policies and laws will bar the participation […]

Combining structural, biomedical, behavioral responses to HIV can make difference for those at highest risks, and least access to services

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Carlos Laudari had a splinter. He got it on his way to a lunch meeting at Pathfinder International’s Washington, DC office, and although he was looking forward to the talk over lunch, he told the group there, the splinter distracted him. Laudari uses a cane, is not a young man, and can surely put so […]

HIV and law commission risks and rights report followup highlights actions

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A year and a half ago the Global Commission on HIV and the Law put out its report, HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health with recommendations addressing the discriminatory practices that fuel HIV epidemics. Problems the report pointed to included overreaching patent protections and criminalization of HIV transmission, as well as abuses of […]

“Baby steps,” preparing for the advent of a vaccine, Kenya looks at “MARPS” approach: We’re reading about the future, and more . . .

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Baby Steps on the Road to HIV Eradication – The publication of the case of the Mississippi baby who has appeared to be ridded of HIV by early aggressive antiretroviral treatment provided the opportunity not just for a cute headline, but for researchers to follow the suggestions raised by the report, to seek ways to […]

Statements and briefs bridge gap between what should be done and what must be done to turn the tide against AIDS together

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In the 12 months since the International AIDS Conference followed calls for an AIDS-free generation with a theme of “Turning the Tide Together,” two aspirational guides provided directions  for the way forward. First came the PEPFAR Blueprint, Creating an AIDS-free Generation , presented on the eve of the last World AIDS Day by then Secretary […]

HIV briefing panelists: Science yielded answers, now is the time to speed their application

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“In 1985, I managed only dying patients,” Dr. Myron Cohen told a packed room in the Russell Senate Office Building today. By 1995 that had changed, he added. In 2013, he continued, people with HIV stay alive and healthy with one pill a day. Cohen, along with fellow panelists Dr. Chris Beyrer, Dr. Laura Guay, […]