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25 JULY 2014, VOLUME 15, ISSUE 30

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  • To arrive at a point in 2030 where the rate of new infections is negligible is an ambitious aim, but not a foolish one. The tools to achieve it exist, and those at the 20th International AIDS Conference, held this week in Melbourne, are sharpening them. Sadly, though, six delegates on their way to the conference were killed when flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17th. One of those delegates was Joep Lange, a former president of the International AIDS Society (see obituary). But their work goes on.
    July 25, 2014
    Economist
  • It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay men.
    July 25, 2014
    Voice of America
  • Despite overall progress in HIV prevention, rates of HIV infection among key affected populations such as men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people remain alarmingly high. For example, recent data indicates that MSM are up to 19 times more likely to have HIV than the general population – transgender women are almost 50 times more likely. Overall new HIV infection rates have dipped by 26% in Asia and the Pacific region since 2001,but not for MSM and transgender.  
    July 25, 2014
    Citizen News
  • Recent attention has focused on innovative medical developments that could dramatically reduce the number of new HIV infections. But ensuring access to health care and medication so that people can benefit from these developments is equally important.
    July 24, 2014
    Advocate
  • Voluntary medical male circumcision is a one-time procedure that has been shown to reduce female-to-male HIV transmission by 60 percent, making it one of the most high-impact and cost-effective prevention tools available.

    July 23, 2014
    Swazi Observer
  • The world needs to “scale up” its treatment of HIV – particularly in women and children – to achieve the cherished goal of a generation free of AIDS, the former US president Bill Clinton has said. Speaking at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne on Wednesday, he said the world was on a “steady march” to stamp out AIDS but, with an estimated 20,000 children a month still being infected and stigma on the increase, much still needed to be done.

    July 23, 2014
    The Guardian
  • A recent report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that annual diagnoses of HIV in the general population have declined by one-third, but doubled among young gay and bisexual men. Yet in this new, animated debate over Truvada, where are the women? 
    July 23, 2014
    Foreign Policy
  • Protecting young mothers is critical to that goal – and would seem to be an obvious first step towards the eradication of AIDS. But it’s a goal that may be thwarted by a blindness to the obvious on the part of some agencies working to end the AIDS crisis: that protecting women’s rights is the first step to achieving that goal.
    July 23, 2014
    The Star
  • At the world’s biggest AIDS meeting this week in Australia, one long-time activist and attendee sees lots of slogans and important new research findings but not nearly enough money to make use of either the potential new tools or the rallying lingo.

    July 22, 2014
    HumanOSphere
  • Nearly all people living with HIV could be rendered noninfectious by a suite of "biomedical interventions," according to new recommendations for HIV prevention. Similarly, people at risk for HIV now have biomedical options that can reduce their risk of acquiring the disease...
    July 21, 2014
    MedPage Today
  • As the world inches closer to the discovery of a vaccine for HIV, experts at the ongoing 2014 AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia, have promised to push for access over profit and provide a hedge against the “economic agenda” of pharmaceuticals that mainly impact developing countries.

    July 21, 2014
    Business Day
  • A new condom designed to kill the HIV virus could be available to buy within months, after key regulatory approval. Tests have shown the VivaGel condom is effective in deactivating 99.9 per cent of HIV, herpes and human papilloma virus cases. Australian bio-tech firm Starpharma has developed the antiviral Viva Gel, the active ingredient designed to tackle sexually transmitted infections, in the condom's lubricant.
     
    July 21, 2014
    The Guardian
  • 'Stepping up the pace', the theme of AIDS 2014, will require a new focus on key populations and geographical concentration of HIV, as well as intensified efforts to expand coverage of HIV testing and treatment, the 20th International AIDS Conference heard on Monday, in Melbourne. Professor Salim Abdool Karim, director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), reviewed the global state of the epidemic and treatment access.
    July 21, 2014
    AIDSmap
  • Modest economic incentives appeared to increase the chance that uncircumcised men in HIV-endemic areas would undergo circumcision within a couple of months, researchers reported here. In a study done in over 1,500 uncircumcised Kenyan men, circumcision uptake was 6.6% among those offered food vouchers worth about $8.75 and 9% among those offered food vouchers worth about $15 when compared with men who were given vouchers of lesser values or no vouchers at all, reported Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and co
    July 20, 2014
    Medpage Today

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