Top 5 Blogs about HIV/AIDS in 2012

Mia Mazer, Media and Communications Intern

In 2012, world leaders recommitted themselves to creating an AIDS-Free Generation and bringing about the end of HIV in our lifetimes. In Latin America and the Caribbean, young people are at the center of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. Not only do they comprise 40% of new infections, but they are also effectively persuading their governments to take steps to prevent the spread of the disease. These five blogs outline various aspects of HIV in the region.

1. What Effect Does Reducing Foreign Aid Have On HIV?

In the past few years, the nature of development has shifted dramatically. The global economic crisis, the emergence of new challenges, and the complexity of existing obstacles has changed the nature of foreign aid. It was no surprise to me that global AIDS expert, Dr. Bernhard Schwartländer, discussed how to stretch funding at the recent International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. It is also not surprising that, during an international economic crisis, he discussed moving away from a culture of charity. Click here to continue reading.

2. Should HIV+ Women be Concerned about Hormonal Contraceptives?

Recent evidence indicating that hormonal contraception may increase the risk of women acquiring and transmitting HIV has caught the eye of the World Health Organization (WHO). However, after a two-day convening to evaluate whether changes to its advice regarding HIV and the use of hormonal contraceptives would be needed, the group of 75 experts from 18 countries decided to leave WHO's guidelines as is and added a statement of clarification. Click here to continue reading.

3. A Comprehensive Response to HIV and Gender-based Violence

Violence against women is a problem that many women in our region face, and sometimes they don't even know it. When a young woman receives sexual and reproductive health services, it’s possible for a conversation about gender-based violence to occur between her and the doctor. In a setting that is private and confidential, a doctor who shows empathy with a woman who she or he believes may have experienced violence is more likely to be made aware of incidents of violence that have occurred than one who does not display empathy. The detection of gender-based violence must be integrated into health service provision. Doing so is a part of making it possible for women who have experienced violence to access specialized services that can help them escape and heal from situations of violence. Click here to continue reading.

4. Tinderbox: A Tale of World Travel and HIV

How did a lone primate hunter in Cameroon spark the global AIDS epidemic? Tinderbox presents a fascinating history of colonialism and disease.Click here to continue reading.

5. The Impact of Isolation on HIV

In many rural communities throughout the Latin American and the Caribbean, HIV spreads through a closed sexual network. It's transmission is facilitated by overlapping relationships that are unavoidable in isolation. Yet, concentrated epidemics cannot be blamed on sexual networks alone. Barriers to information and services also fans the rates of HIV infection. Click here to continue reading.

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