Tag Archives: sex workers

Winning against HIV but running out of drugs? Making gains, while rights lag? We’re reading good news, bad news from the front lines

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Reports with conflicting headlines landed in the inbox on the same day in the last week, leading to the question: are advances in the fight against HIV victory, or progress? Good news followed by bad news leads to cognitive dissonance, but can also point to gaps. Namibia winning HIV fight: Good news! Nigeria reduced HIV […]

Peer educators, big returns on modest investments, myths and realities: After a pivotal ruling, we’re reading about sex workers

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The big news in the fight against HIV by and among people engaged in sex work happened Thursday, with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against the policy requirement that kept PEPFAR money from going to any group that didn’t explicitly condemn prostitution. But oral arguments, as well as the court’s opinion, touched little on the […]

More complete data on PEPFAR results needed, says second GAO treatment report

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The second of two reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office reviewing HIV treatment efforts suppported by the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief concludes that incomplete information on the results of those efforts will interfere with accurately evaluating partner countries’ abilities to sustain treatment programs. The GAO also has produced a report on PEPFAR […]

Turn up the volume for an all-video edition of What We’re Reading . . .

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Turn up the volume  for these videos on issues that are often surrounded by silence: The reasons for rectal microbicides, the  neglected world of children with tuberculosis, the health consequences of overcrowded prisons, and how infectious diseases travel from prison to tourist when the realities of sex work are left out of an AIDS response. […]

U.S. global AIDS blueprint must address those at greatest risk, groups say

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Echoing Secretary Hillary Clinton’s call for a United States plan to fight the global AIDS epidemic, representatives of 12 organizations and institutions have sent a letter to U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, detailing the ways the plan should address the needs Clinton said must be addressed in the plan: those of people who […]

With sex workers and drug users banned from US travel, AIDS 2012 features sessions about them, without them

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Some of the best news for some of those hit hardest by the epidemic came early in AIDS 2012 with Secretary Clinton’s welcoming remarks, when, citing progress in both science and implementation, while emphasizing the impact of the epidemic on sex workers and people who use injecting drugs, she told the audience ” . . […]

Proposed Rule on Prostitution Could Hinder Efforts to Reach Vulnerable Populations

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In an effort to implement an “anti-prostitution” provision included in the Lantos-Hyde Act, the law that reauthorized PEPFAR, the Administration may do more harm than good. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, leading HIV/AIDS physician-scientists expressed serious concern that a proposed rule requiring PEPFAR-funded organizations to declare their opposition to […]