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Adopted Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections

Adopted Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections

Last week at the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA), the Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), 2016-2021 were formally adopted on 28 May.  This is an important milestone as the three strategies are fully aligned with supporting the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include targets to end the HIV epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 and to combat viral hepatitis and other communicable diseases, includi...
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How to meet the first-ever global hepatitis targets

How to meet the first-ever global hepatitis targets

By Sébastien Morin, International AIDS Society, Eliot Ross Albers, Independent (formerly at the International Network of People Who Use Drugs), and Jürgen Rockstroh, University of Bonn   “For 2030, the first-ever global hepatitis targets are the reduction of hepatitis B and C infections by 90% and mortality by 65%, through universal coverage with prevention, testing and treatment services.” – Gottfried Hirnschall, World Health Organization   The first-ever global targets on viral hepati...
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Men, boys, and HIV: Removing barriers to accessing services

Men, boys, and HIV: Removing barriers to accessing services

Despite improved health prospects for people living with HIV (PLHIV), young people are still falling through the gaps of HIV services. Stigma, discrimination, prohibitive laws and a lack of targeted services are responsible for leaving young people behind in the fight against AIDS. In Zambia, the HIV epidemic is mature and persistent; HIV prevalence has remained largely unchanged since the mid-nineties at the height of the epidemic. Unlike women, boys and men have fewer entry points to access H...
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Less Paperwork Means More Time to Accelerate HIV Remission Research

Less Paperwork Means More Time to Accelerate HIV Remission Research

By Anna Laura Ross, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, David Margolis, Guido Silvestri and Stephen Mason   We like to think of researchers as being able to dive straight into their lab experiments immediately following a ‘eureka’ moment of inspiration.  If only that were true; unfortunately, researchers, like professionals in many other fields, often confront some substantial administrative, legal and paperwork challenges in completing their daily tasks – in this case, in transforming hypotheses int...
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A linked agenda for women and girls: Uniting HIV and SRHR responses

A linked agenda for women and girls: Uniting HIV and SRHR responses

By IAS Member Dr. Lynn Collins of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)   Embedded in the challenging Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) platform for action are the hopes and needs of girls and women. Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are at the forefront of realizing these aspirations. The Women Deliver 4th Global Conference and 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) provide a prime opportunity to galvanize overdue support to guarantee the “health, rights, and gen...
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Growing up HIV-Positive: From diagnosis to activism

Growing up HIV-Positive: From diagnosis to activism

Juliana Odindo is an Advocacy Officer at The International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA), a regional advocacy network and membership based organization in Uganda that unites and supports girls and women living with HIV. Juliana became an International AIDS Society (IAS) member in 2016 and is an IAS Youth Voice. After struggling with her health for many years, Juliana was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 11. Motivated by her experience, Juliana is now a passionate advo...
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Effects of repressive drug policies on HIV

Effects of repressive drug policies on HIV

Sergii Dvoriakis co-founder of the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy and has been a member of the IAS since 2007. Sergii also currently serves on the IAS Governing Council. Through his position, Sergii works on implementing Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) and other evidence-based treatment modalities for people who inject drugs (PWID) in Ukraine. The very conservative approaches to drug treatment and zero tolerance attitude toward drug consumption in the Eastern European region hav...
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