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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.
We don’t know Charlie Sheen’s specific medical details. But HIV treatment is effective at reducing transmission. Mike Segar/Reuters

Explainer: what is the risk of transmitting HIV?

Charlie Sheen’s recent announcement that he has HIV has raised concerns about whether he may have transmitted the infection to other people.
Charlie Sheen revealed he is HIV positive and has spent millions paying people to keep quiet. Why? Reuterspics/Mike Segar

Charlie Sheen and ten million dollars worth of HIV stigma

That Charlie Sheen would have to pay millions of dollars to keep his HIV status private is indicative of the level of stigma still attached to it.
Activists attend Uganda’s first gay pride parade at the Entebbe Botanical Gardens in Kampala, Uganda, in August 2012. Rachel Adams/EPA

Explainer: tackling the stigma and myths around sexuality

Science shows that thinking about sexuality in a binary fashion of hetero/homosexual is no longer accurate. Rather, evidence shows that there is a diversity of human sexuality and sexual orientations.
Members of a breakaway faction of the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe protest against homosexuality. Reuters

Why anti-gay sentiment remains strong in much of Africa

Attitudes and laws about homosexuality are not purely a colonial import. Since independence, other factors, including right-wing evangelism, have driven anti-LGBTI attitudes.
Ebola isn’t the only disease we need to worry about. Jason Reed/Reuters

Is Ebola diverting resources from other neglected diseases?

Thanks in part to the Ebola crisis, neglected diseases have grabbed the world’s attention. These diseases predominantly affect developing nations with limited resources to fund research, pay for treatments…
Like some other viruses, HIV hides in various places in the body, including in long-lived immune cells like this one. NIAID/Flickr

End to HIV no closer as early treatment fails to cure baby

A second case of a baby who was ostensibly “cured” of HIV after early treatment has been discounted as a possible breakthrough…

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