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HIV Criminalization Activists Take Over the Stage at Durban AIDS Conference Opening Ceremony

HIV Justice Network; Posted Jul 25, 5:21 p.m. ET

Watch more than 100 people with HIV, sex workers and other criminalized people take to the stage at the International AIDS Conference opening ceremony to demand an end to HIV criminalization.

Really Rapid Review -- AIDS 2016, Durban

Paul E. Sax, M.D., Journal Watch; Posted Jul 25, 4:51 p.m. ET

Paul Sax, M.D., provides a brief rundown of important prevention, treatment and complications research presented at the International AIDS Conference, and whatever else happened to catch his eye.

AIDS Conference 2016: The Gains, the Gaps, the Next Global Steps

Candice Bailey, The Conversation; Posted Jul 25, 3:45 p.m. ET

As the International AIDS Conference wrapped up in Durban, South Africa, incoming International AIDS Society President Linda-Gail Bekker talked to The Conversation Africa about what was achieved and what still needs to be done.

Safe Injection Facilities in the United States: The Next Step for Harm Reduction for People Who Use Drugs

Project Inform; Posted Jul 25, 3:14 p.m. ET

With increased awareness of injection-related HIV and HCV outbreaks, as well as increased attention to the opioid epidemic and suffering that has resulted from overdose deaths, there has been much public discussion about new alternatives for reducing these harms, including safe injection facilities.

Share Your Stories!

Everyone living with HIV has a story to tell. Find out how to share your own experiences in one or both of the series below, which feature the writings of readers like you.

Day One With HIV: Finding Out Your Status, in Your Own Words

Regardless of where or how it happened, the day you received your HIV-positive diagnosis was likely among the most intense days you'll ever live through. Some of's readers have generously shared their experiences -- to reflect on how they've changed, and so that others would know that they too can survive, and even thrive, following that fateful day. How did you get through it?

Other Sides of HIV: People Taking HIV Meds Share Stories About Side Effects

Many types of medications can save or improve lives, but they can also have unintended consequences. For some people living with HIV, taking meds can be a complicated cycle -- and for others, a Sunday stroll. Medication side effects can be mild or life altering, horrible or even pleasurable; some people living with HIV never experience any at all. It seems like everyone's got a story about side effects. What's yours?


Populations Affected by Unjust Criminal Laws Call to Advance Justice and Health

UNAIDS; Posted Jul 25, 2:30 p.m. ET

Participants in a workshop at the International AIDS Conference stressed that punitive laws against key populations lead to serious human rights violations, exacerbate vulnerabilities to HIV and other health issues and affect efforts to end AIDS.

Civil Society Helps Drive Tailored Responses to End AIDS in China

UNAIDS; Posted Jul 25, 2:21 p.m. ET

In recent years, the AIDS response in China has seen increasing civil society involvement in focused, community-based HIV prevention and treatment programming, which has contributed to maintaining low levels of HIV prevalence in the country and ensuring an increasingly evidence-informed, tailored response.

The Challenges of Faith Responses to the AIDS Epidemic

UNAIDS; Posted Jul 25, 2:17 p.m. ET

Gathering data about faith activities is often very difficult, especially in the context of the AIDS epidemic, where there are often perceptions of conflict between religious values and health priorities.

Stopping New HIV Infections Among Children and Adolescents and Providing Treatment to Women and Children

UNAIDS; Posted Jul 25, 2:10 p.m. ET

Stakeholders came together at the International AIDS Conference to to forge ahead on the "Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free" initiative and review the progress made towards eliminating new HIV infections among children and keeping their mothers alive.

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Thank You to All the Prison Volunteers

Tim Hinkhouse,; Posted Jul 25, 1:37 p.m. ET

"I have been given a precious gift from those who spend their time with me making me a better person," Tim Hinkhouse writes. "They encourage us to hold ourselves to a higher standard and not fall into the traps that get set by people in prison."

Wiesel, Silence and HIV

Nina Bennett, HIV Here & Now Project; Posted Jul 25, 12:30 p.m. ET

"We need to continue to speak out, those living with and those affected by HIV, in order to ensure that we are not forgotten, and that the legacy of those who can no longer speak out continues," Nina Bennett writes.

We're Stronger When We Work Together: Dr. Wolitski Shares Closing Thoughts From AIDS 2016; Posted Jul 23, 12:24 p.m. ET

Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., reflects on some of the key scientific findings shared during the International AIDS Conference as well as other messages and advocacy efforts from the event.

New Global Push to Close Pediatric HIV Treatment Gap Launched

UNAIDS; Posted Jul 22, 2:54 p.m. ET

Leading stakeholders involved in pediatric HIV treatment joined together in a special session at the International AIDS Conference to launch an urgent global push to end pediatric AIDS by 2020.

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