Tag Archives: sex workers

What comes after START? We’re reading about a projected cost of universal access and other barriers to treatment

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Treating HIV Patients Before They Get Sick – This New York Times editorial follows the newspaper’s reporting on findings from the Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment study, which found that treating people for HIV upon diagnosis averts illnesses without adding negative impacts. The findings, the editorial says, raise the question of: “whether global and national […]

Study asks: What if a “concentrated” HIV epidemic is bigger than 1 percent?

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In a “generalized HIV epidemic,” what if all transmission during sex work stopped? Call it a different kind of 1 percent — the kind that doesn’t connote privilege. In the definition that sets the course of HIV programming, an epidemic is considered “concentrated” among specific populations, (i.e. sex workers, people who inject drugs, and men […]

PrEP for sex workers in Kenya, HIV and contraception research, Uganda a gay-friendly tourist destination? . . . We’re reading about approaches with promise

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State to buy sex workers HIV prevention drugs – This article, topped by a photo that tells its own story, backs into the description of a promising plan unpromisingly (“Kenyan taxpayers will have to part with approximately Sh4 billion [4 billion Kenyan shillings] annually to provide sex workers with a daily HIV and AIDS prevention […]

UNAIDS HIV Gap Report highlights inequity of gains, says inclusion and ambitious acceleration could end epidemic by 2030

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Of 35 million people living with HIV, 19 million do not know it. While new infections dropped by 13 percent in last three years, more than three quarters of new infections took place in just 15 countries, and 48 percent of new infections in sub-Saharan Africa took place in just three countries. If the gap […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Facing transition to “country ownership” civil society representatives highlight populations’ diverse needs, common goals

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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA — What do  sex workers, traditional healers, and gay rights advocates have in common? In a place frequently referred to as “the epicenter of the epicenter” of the global AIDS epidemic, they share concerns, with the general population that they are part of, that gaps in access to health care, and  HIV […]

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, […]