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In Mozambique, Some Girls Forced Into, Turn To Sex Work To Survive

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Poor Mozambique families take girls’ virginity, force them into sex work “…Women’s rights campaigners say scores of mostly orphaned girls in Mozambique have suffered … sexual initiations at the hands of their guardians, who offer them to rich, older men in exchange for food, clothes, cash, or…

Continued Investments Critical To Ending HIV, TB, Malaria Epidemics

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Battle against HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria at tipping point Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund “…The next three to five years will determine if we are the generation to end [the HIV, TB, and malaria] epidemics, or if we will pass them on for generations…

New York Times ‘Room For Debate’ Features Several Opinion Pieces Examining U.S. Anti-Prostitution Pledge, HIV Prevention Efforts

New York Times: Room for Debate: The Anti-Prostitution Oath and Foreign Aid for HIV/AIDS Multiple authors “Foreign NGOs that receive funds from the United States for HIV prevention must sign an anti-prostitution pledge — a statement of unequivocal opposition to prostitution — even though that policy was overturned for domestic…

Condom Policies In China Hinder HIV Prevention Efforts Among Sex Workers, Report Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: China’s condom policies to prevent HIV fail to protect sex workers: research “Chinese police cracking down on sex workers routinely look for condoms as evidence of illegal activity, hindering efforts to prevent the spread of HIV among sex workers, one of the biggest at-risk groups in the…

Not All U.N. Member States Pleased With Final Declaration Of High-Level Meeting On Ending AIDS

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: HLM 2016 AIDS: ‘Reaffirming’ urgency while dodging realities, U.N. resolution on HIV shows what happens when a declaration is political Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” reports on the outcomes of the U.N. High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, highlighting the…

PEPFAR Announces Investment Fund To Expand Access To HIV Services For Key Populations

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: HLM 2016 AIDS: PEPFAR directs $100 million to reach gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, people who inject drugs, and prisoners Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses PEPFAR’s announcement of “the…

Addressing Inequality Critical To Ending AIDS

The Guardian: It isn’t lack of drugs preventing us eradicating AIDS, but inequality Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation “…It’s time that we as governments, together with our civil society partners, tackle the discrimination that prevents those infected with HIV from seeking and finding assistance and…

‘Science Speaks’ Discusses Concerns Around Next U.N. Declaration On HIV/AIDS

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Men who have sex with men, sex workers groups ask: Will next U.N. political declaration on HIV and AIDS exclude most affected, least reached populations? Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses the 2011 U.N. declaration on eliminating HIV/AIDS, progress…

Decriminalizing LGBT Relationships, Sex Work Critical To Ending HIV

The Guardian: We will lose the battle against HIV without LGBT decriminalization Bisi Alimi, founder of the Bisi Alimi Foundation “…[O]ur biggest challenge in the fight against [HIV] is people’s reaction to those living with it. This must be addressed as the International AIDS Conference returns to Durban in July.…

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