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Pre-exposure prophylaxis is providing an exciting new innovation to tackle HIV prevention. shutterstock

Rings and things … other ways to prevent HIV are on the cards

Trials have shown that rates of HIV infection are reduced if people not infected with HIV take anti-retrovirals - known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). But adherence to a daily dose is a problem.
Young women who attended the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. International AIDS Society/Rogan Ward

AIDS conference 2016: the gains, the gaps, the next global steps

The focus of the 2016 International AIDS Conference has on access to necessary antiretrovirals, equity and making sure no-one is left behind. But there is a funding gap that needs to be addressed.
PrEP works by preventing susceptible cells becoming infected with HIV. Truvada blocks the HIV virus from making copies of itself. Marc Bruxelle/Shutterstock

Weekly Dose: Truvada, the drug that can prevent HIV infection

Efficacy is estimated to be as high as 99% in men who have sex with men who take Truvada daily.
Advances in HIV treatment have turned it into a chronic, but manageable, illness. In this photo: Artist Damien Hirst’s ‘Where there’s a will there’s a way,’ which shows antiretroviral drugs in a medicine cabinet, is seen as it is displayed at a gallery in New York, February 4 2008. Chip East/Reuters

How HIV became a treatable, chronic disease

Thanks to treatment advances, people with HIV can and do live long and full lives. And that has led to a challenge that doctors and patients may not have imagined 35 years ago: the aging HIV patient.
South Africa’s successes in HIV treatment have been marred by challenges in improving HIV prevention methods. Reuters/Nacho Doce

South Africa has excelled in treating HIV – prevention remains a disaster

With nearly one-fifth of the globe's HIV positive population, South Africa has the largest anti-retroviral program in the world. But HIV prevention still presents a big challenge for the country.
Telling people to use a condom won’t prevent HIV because some women can’t convince their partner to use them. Mike Segar/Reuters

We need more than condoms to prevent HIV in women

Used properly and consistently, condoms are the most effective, affordable, and low-tech way to prevent HIV. But unfortunately, condoms are not an easy option for everyone – particularly women.
US First Lady Michelle Obama visits a centre in Botswana that supports young people affected by HIV. Botswana has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world. Charles Dharapak/Reuters

Extra year of secondary schooling reduces HIV rates in Botswana

This study appears to be the first causal evidence that formal education and reduced HIV infection rates go hand in hand.
Indonesia is forcing people with drug dependence problems to go into rehab. joloei/www.shutterstock.com

Forced rehabilitation of drug users in Indonesia not a solution

Indonesia's war on drugs aims to protect the country's young generation from an alleged "national drug emergency." But the government's coercive approach is harming the people it wishes to protect.
Needle exchanges don’t put more syringes on the streets. In this photo a clean syringes chart is shown at the Aids Center of Queens County needle exchange outreach center in New York in 2006. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Syringe exchange in southern Indiana to respond to an increase in HIV cases: better late than never?

Officials in Indiana would have served the population better if syringe exchanges had been in place before the upsurge in HIV cases began.

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