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IRIN Examines Efforts To Improve HIV Prevention, Treatment Access For Key Groups

“Around the world, the most marginalized groups in society — from Roma to HIV-positive people to sex workers to drug users — are reluctant to access basic health services because they fear arrest, intimidation and harassment,” IRIN reports. “While donors and governments spend vast amounts to put these critical services…

Kenyan Sex Workers Using PEP To Lower Risk Of HIV Infection, BBC Reports

BBC News Magazine reports on how sex workers in Kenya are using post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) antiretroviral therapy to lower their risk of HIV infection, instead of using condoms, which they say are too expensive. “There are no definitive figures to show how well PEP works. It’s far better, experts say,…

PBS NewsHour Examines HIV Epidemic Among ‘Key Populations’

PBS NewsHour examines a rebound in HIV infection among sex workers and other marginalized “key populations” — including “injecting drug users, men who have sex with men, inmates and other groups in which HIV rates have moved against the global trend.” The news service writes, “[E]xperts with organizations as diverse…

Open Society Foundations Releases Briefings On Findings From HIV, Law Commission

The Open Society Foundations this week released several briefing papers highlighting findings by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in its report ‘HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights, and Health.’ Issues covered include women living with HIV, transgender people, sex workers, people who use drugs, people living with HIV,…

Analysis, Decision Model Provides Evaluation Tool For HIV/AIDS Policies

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines an analysis (.pdf), titled “Policy Analysis and Advocacy Decision Model for HIV-Related Services: Males Who Have Sex with Males, Transgender People, and Sex Workers,” from the Health Policy Project, which is funded by USAID and implemented by the Futures Group,…

Global Fund Working To Address Diseases Among Key Affected Populations

Summarizing the successes made against AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria over the past decade, Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, “To truly bring the three diseases under control, a successful strategy requires that marginalized groups…

Addressing HIV Prevention Among Key Affected Populations ‘Of The Utmost Urgency’

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, recalls a recent International AIDS Society-sponsored meeting in London “on the impact of treatment as prevention (TasP) on Key Affected Populations (KAPS), [which] has the potential…

NPR Profiles Health Clinic In South Africa Working To Combat HIV Among Prostitutes

NPR’s “Shots” blog and “All Things Considered” program profile a “health clinic in the heart of Johannesburg [that] is attempting to break the HIV cycle by focusing on people at extremely high risk for infection — prostitutes.” According to the blog, “[s]ome researchers estimate that about two-thirds of sex workers…