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Decriminalization Of Sex Work Will Help Prevent HIV, Improve Health Care Access

Health-e News: Time to decriminalize prostitution Maria Stacey, acting director of the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) “…The concept of structural interventions is one that the South African HIV community has struggled with in the past, but fortunately there is growing evidence for the impact of structural interventions…

U.S. Officials At House Hearing Warn West African Ebola Epidemic Not Over

CQ News: Officials: U.S. Aid Helping Defeat Ebola, But Fight Continues “Emergency funding and other U.S. assistance has helped to drastically slow the rate of new Ebola cases, but administration officials warned Wednesday that the crisis is far from over and some spending will need to continue. ‘We are not…

USAID Administrator Speaks About U.S. Ebola Response In PBS NewsHour Interview

PBS NewsHour: Ebola efforts shift from keeping up with new cases to eliminating the epidemic PBS correspondent Jeffrey Brown interviews USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah about the U.S. Ebola response in West Africa and President Obama’s announcement regarding a shift in response (2/11).

West Africa Sees Rise In Ebola Cases For Second Week, WHO Says

Agence France-Presse: Ebola cases on the rise for second week: WHO “The number of new Ebola cases in West Africa rose for the second week running after a previous fall, including a ‘sharp increase’ in Guinea, the World Health Organization said Wednesday…” (2/11). Reuters: West Africa sees spike in Ebola…

West African Nations, U.N. Continue Efforts To Reach Zero Ebola Cases, Prevent Future Disease Outbreaks

Agence France-Presse: Ebola-hit Sierra Leone announces disease control agency “Sierra Leone announced Tuesday the launch of an infectious diseases prevention agency, saying it would convert its Ebola clinics into treatment and research units for some of the world’s deadliest viruses…” (Johnson, 2/10). Associated Press: Liberia president calls for zero Ebola…

Madagascar Plague Outbreak Slows; 71 Dead From Disease, WHO Says

Reuters: Spread of plague slows in Madagascar, death toll at 71: WHO “An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has slowed but 71 people among the 263 known to have caught the disease since last September have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday…” (Miles, 2/11).

PrEP Effective Only When Drugs Taken As Prescribed, Study Shows

Humanosphere: HIV prevention trial exposes adherence challenge Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy discusses results of a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine examining the effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection. “Treatments to prevent the spread of HIV are extremely effective, only when people take…

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