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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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Family Pleads for Release from Prison of Dying HIV-Positive Woman

An HIV-positive woman in Florida serving a five-year prison sentence for spitting on a police officer is dying from cancer and has one month to live. Her family is pleading for her release so she can die at home.

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World AIDS Day 2010: Important Progress, New Challenges

Fewer people worldwide are getting infected with HIV than a decade ago, and those infected are living longer. But declines in HIV infections are uneven and new infections still outpace new patients put on treatment by two to one. 

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HIV Transmission through Pre-Chewed Baby Food?

Could pre-chewed baby food be a vector for HIV transmission? A report in Pediatrics suggests that it may — but when thinking about this phenomenon, we need to avoid the knee-jerk "Ewwww" reaction that a ScienceNews reporter had.

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Reform of Iowa’s HIV Transmission Law Meets Resistance

The case of an Iowa man sentenced to the maximum allowed by state law for failing to disclose to a one-time intimate partner that he was HIV-positive has been cited as evidence of the need to reevaluate state criminal transmission laws.

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Removal of Ban on Needle Exchange Faces Opposition

Last Friday, Congressman David Obey (D-WI), took the first — and courageous — step to end the 20-year ban on federal funding of needle exchange. But opponents are gearing up to reinstate the ban and prevention advocates need to mobilize now.

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Uganda to Reintroduce Female Condoms

The Ugandan government plans to reintroduce and promote the female condom this fall, where it may give women another tool for safer sex negotiation and protection.

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German Pop Star Publicly Arrested for HIV Tranmission

Criminalization of HIV transmission and exposure places blame on one sexual partner rather than encouraging equal responsibility in safe sex.

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Criminalizing HIV Transmission: Undermining Prevention, and Justice

While criminalizing HIV transmission is appealing to some governments, it actually undermines public health goals and violates the rights of people living with HIV.

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HIV: Still Not Just a “Gay Thing”

The myth that HIV is strictly a “gay thing” has re-emerged from the shadowy world of rumor and email forwarding and is poking its head out in the right wing media.

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