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AIDS 2014: Criminalization of Sex Work Increases Vulnerability to HIV

Sex workers from more than 30 countries came together this week at the Sex Worker Pre-Conference preceding the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne to consider proposed changes to policy and funding approaches aimed at positioning human rights as critical to the response to HIV/AIDS.

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AIDS 2014: Harm Reduction Funding Is Meeting Only 7% of Global Need

International donors are investing only 7% of what is needed to provide adequate harm reduction coverage for people who inject drugs, according to findings from a report presented this week at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. A global commitment to re-balance spending on drug control and harm reduction is essential in order to achieve control of HIV and viral hepatitis among drug injectors, several speakers told the conference.

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June 5 is National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day

The first National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivor Awareness Day (NHALTSAD) will take place this week on June 5. The day is one that has historical significance in San Francisco, but also globally, because it was the same day in 1981 that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the first cases of a new and devastating disease we now know as AIDS.

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Studies Reveal HIV and HCV Epidemics Among Injection Drug Users in the Middle East and North Africa

At least one-third of countries in the Middle East and North Africa that historically have had low rates of HIV infection now have emerging epidemics largely attributable to injection drug use, according to a systematic review published in the June 17 edition of the open access journal PLoS Medicine. Rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection also appear to be high and rising.

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AAHIVM, AGS, and ACRIA Release Updated Recommendations for Older Patients with HIV

The American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), ACRIA, and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) this week announced a major update to its 2011 report,  Recommended Treatment Strategies for Clinicians Managing Older Patients with HIV, available online at www.HIV-Age.org. Revised topics include assessing functional capacity, smoking cessation, and management of diabetes, COPD, osteoporosis, and hypertension.

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