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Issue Brief: Trans Populations and HIV: Time to End the Neglect
Published Monday, March 31, 2014

Evidence suggests that trans populations may be the most heavily burdened by HIV worldwide. Failure of the global HIV response to meet the needs of this at-risk group is largely the result of wide-scale stigma, neglect, and institutionalized discrimination. Click here to download full PDF version.

Giving treatment to specific high-risk people may bring down HIV faster than distributing it equally

Gus Cairns
Published: 08 April 2014

In a concentrated epidemic, HIV is mainly restricted to – or at least more common in – specific risk groups. In this situation, and if universal antiretroviral treatment (ART) cannot be provided, it may have more effect in public health terms to give ART to people at high risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV.

Voluntary, human rights-based family planning: A conceptual framework

Karen Hardee, Jan Kumar, Karen Newman, Lynn Bakamjian, Shannon Harris, Mariela Rodriguez, Win Brown
Studies in Family Planning 45(1): 1-18
Published March 2014

The female condom: It’s safe, so why won’t they wear it?

Source:  New Vision
The female condom was introduced in the 1990s. Although a recent survey shows that 80% of the respondents had knowledge about the condom, uptake remains low at a paltry 3%. So why are women reluctant to use the condoms despite the clear advantages? 
If it is not on, it is not safe,” goes the catch phrase that is burning up the airwaves with controversy. You have young women sitting in a salon, talking about everything from looking good to taking charge of their lives through the female condom. 

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