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Sex, HIV and taboo: Overcoming HIV in conservative settings

Sex, HIV and taboo: Overcoming HIV in conservative settings

“In our culture, when someone wants to go and buy condoms, they feel they can’t. Even when you go to shops and they have condoms, it is not easy to get them.” – Maryam, a 22-year old from Zanzibar   HIV, sex and sexuality continue to remain social and cultural taboos in many regions of the world. In Zanzibar, Tanzania, the HIV epidemic is concentrated among young people, including those from key populations (in particular men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and sex workers)...
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The inclusion of all populations

The inclusion of all populations

Last week´s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High Level Meeting (HLM) on Ending AIDS in New York was both inspiring and painful. The exclusion of civil society organizations was profoundly wrong – but the commitment of so many great activists, scientists and political leaders was so heartening. The political resolution which finally emerged was weak on inclusion, and arguably a setback for our global efforts to end AIDS. But then, Ambassador Debbie Birx, the United States President’s Eme...
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The highs and lows of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

The highs and lows of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

Last week, at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Ending AIDS, 193 member states adopted the Political Declaration (Declaration) on HIV and AIDS: On the Fast-Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030. Ideally, the Declaration should serve as a cornerstone that demonstrates the global political commitment to ending one of the most significant epidemics of our time. Unfortunately, many issues remained largely unaddressed in th...
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The International AIDS Society at the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

The International AIDS Society at the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

As a membership-based organization, these major global policy meetings, require strong International AIDS Society (IAS) engagement to speak up on critical issues that our members face. With that in mind, a number of IAS Members and partners were part of country delegation teams. This, together with IAS partnering with other civil society organizations, had the ability to influence and advocate on a number of key issues at the following meetings: Side Event: The end of AIDS as a global health thr...
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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

The first-ever global targets on viral hepatitis were adopted at the 69th World Health Assembly last week. These targets include:
  • Reduce new cases of chronic hepatitis by 30% (2020) and 90% (2030) (baseline 2015). Reduce from 6-10 million new cases in 2015 to < 1 million in 2030
  • Reduce hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) mortality by 10% (2020) and 90% (2030) (baseline 2015). Reduce from 1.4 million deaths in 2015 to < 500,000 deaths in 2030
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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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