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A Call to Action: Integrate Family Planning and HIV Services to Save Women’s Lives

All photos courtesy of Marie Stopes International.

In 2012, three years before the 2015 deadline the world set for itself to reduce preventable maternal deaths and new HIV infections, we must act more boldly than we have up until now. The global health community must work to bring family planning and HIV services together – and quickly – to save women’s lives.

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New Study Suggests HIV Risk with Hormonal Contraceptives: What It Means for Family Planning Policy and Programs

new study published this week in The Lancet Infectious Diseases suggests that use of hormonal contraceptives, particularly injectables, may double the risk of uninfected women acquiring HIV. 

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Kaiser Permanente: Dropping the Ball on Gay Men’s Sexual Health

Kaiser Permanente makes it incredibly challenging for gay men to get the STD tests they need, hurdles that help fuel the spread of STIs in our community – including HIV. This is especially troubling at a time when new antibiotic-resistant strains of gonorrhea have emerged.

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UPDATED: Federal Appeals Court Overturns United States “Prostitution Pledge” for U.S. Groups; Int’l Orgs Still Subject to Pledge

A federal court today ruled that the government cannot force U.S. organizations to “denounce” prositution and sex trafficking as a condition for recieving international HIV and AIDS funding. The ruling applies only to U.S.-based non-governmental organizations and does not relieve non-U.S. organizations recieving U.S. funds from being subject to restrictions.

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How Criminalization and Stigmatization Perpetuates the AIDS Epidemic

HIV testing represents one of the most potent weapons in the fight against HIV. Yet too many individuals who may be at risk of infection continue to avoid testing. This reluctance to test is driven in part by the pervasiveness of HIV stigma.

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Promoting Sexual Rights: The Key to Ending the AIDS Epidemic

The connection between sexual rights and HIV and AIDS is undeniable, with the majority of HIV infections transmitted sexually.  Sexuality is a natural aspect of life, and a fundamental part of our humanity.  But we continue to ignore at and the price is paid in women’s lives.

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Promoting Sexual Rights: The Key to Ending the AIDS Epidemic

The connection between sexual rights and HIV and AIDS is undeniable, with the majority of HIV infections transmitted sexually.  Sexuality is a natural aspect of life, and a fundamental part of our humanity.  But we continue to ignore at and the price is paid in women’s lives.

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New Study Supports Universal Access to AIDS Treatment for Preventing the Spread of HIV

The findings of a study released last Thursday by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) suggest major policy implications for the fight against HIV and AIDS, indicating that United States legislators and pharmaceutical companies should ensure universal access to HIV care and treatment now.

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Budget Cuts Spell Crisis for Women with HIV

In addition to the fate of unions and public sector employees at the local and state level — the majority of whom are women — the battle over budgets will also determine the fate of key social services.

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Afternoon Roundup: Washington DC Proposes Cutting Out the ‘Middle-Man’ For Birth Control Access

Washington DC proposes birth control from pharmacists without a prescription; newly-created UN Women director speaks at the opening session of Commission on the Status of Women; GOP budget slashes foreign aid for HIV/AIDS programs and AIDS advocates say it will mean the loss of babies’ lives; Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a physician who provided abortions turned passionate-anti-legal-abortion-advocate dies.

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