The U.S. National Institute of Health announced that a new experimental vaginal insert for HIV prevention had little effect on vaginal intercourse. The ring is being evaluated for effectiveness in the ASPIRE Study in Malawi, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. It releases dapivirine into a woman’s body, similar to contraceptive vaginal insert rings.
“The Politics of Global AIDS”, by Hakan Seckinelgin, develops a new conceptual framework for understanding the international policy response to HIV. The author analyses power and politics at multiple levels. According to Seckinelgin, “this timely book looks critically at the policy response to AIDS and its institutionalization over time. It raises important questions about who benefits, who decides, and in whose interests decisions are made.”
The new UNAIDS Country Director for Uganda, AmakobeSande, presented a new analysis of country data showing that there are nearly 227 new cases of HIV every day in the Uganda. Sande stressed that this burden is particularly felt by young girls and women. She urged government officials to enforce early and immediate treatment for any new HIV diagnosis, citing that the new analysis represents a looming crisis for the country if no new course of action is taken.
Prisoners represent some of the most vulnerable populations globally; and prisoners living in the United States are no exception to this tendency. HIV and AIDS within the U.S. penitentiary system represents an entire set of challenges and considerations on its own: confidentiality issues, access to prevention materials and education, and comprehensive discharge protocols for continued access to HIV treatment. It should not be surprising then, that given these challenges, access to Hepatitis C treatment differs little.