Does the global HIV response understand sex?

MELBOURNE, 28 August 2014 (IRIN) – Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards “sex positive” approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection. “If we look at historical […]

HIV interventions also needed behind bars

  MANILA, 12 February 2014 (IRIN) – Providing access to HIV prevention and treatment services in closed settings, such as prisons, is crucial to curbing the transmission of HIV, particularly among women, say public health experts. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says global HIV prevalence among prisoners is up to 50 times higher […]

[DASH OF SAS] Is HIV going out of fashion?

BY ANA P. SANTOS “In light of other pressing issues like urban terrorism, climate change, and the global recession, is HIV still newsworthy? Is HIV still ‘fashionable’ to talk about?” At last November’s International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific(ICAAP11), a regional conference attended by more than 3,000 delegates from government, public health institutions and […]

Is HIV going viral?

By Ana P. Santos MANILA, Philippines – The exponential rise in HIV cases in the country may be traced back to social media and use of injecting drugs. This is according to Dr Eric Tayag, head of the Department of Health National Epidemiology Center (DOH-NEC) who gave a report Friday on the status of HIV […]

HIV crisis worsening in PH

By Ana P. Santos MANILA, Philippines – “There has been a 587% increase in the number of new cases of HIV in the Philippines from 2007 to 2011. This is simply unacceptable. The DOH (Department of Health) has not seen an epidemic rise this quickly,” Dr Genesis Samonte, chief of the HIV Surveillance Unit of […]