REPORT: UNAIDS: Addressing A Blind Spot In The Response To HIV

On December 1, World AIDS Day, UNAIDS has released a new report that warns men are less likely to take an HIV test, less likely to access antiretroviral therapy and more likely to die of AIDS-related illnesses than women.
The new report shows the blind spot in reaching men with HIV services…

NEWS: UNAIDS Report Warns About Harmful Masculinities

On December 1, World AIDS Day, UNAIDS has released a new report that warns men are less likely to take an HIV test, less likely to access antiretroviral therapy and more likely to die of AIDS-related illnesses than women.
The new report shows the blind spot in reaching men with HIV services…

BLOG: How To Expose “Scientists” Casting Doubt About Science – The Case Of Alcohol And Cancer

With his New York Times blog “A Link Between Alcohol and Cancer? It’s Not Nearly as Scary as It Seems” Aaron E. Carroll is guilty of public health nihilism. In his response, Viktor comments on and corrects some points Mr Carroll made and highlights some of Carroll’s logical fallacies in the attempt to cast doubt on the science about alcohol and cancer…

BLOG: Global Health We Want: 7 Key Messages For WHO’s Future

We are standing on the doorsteps of a new era. But there’s a real threat that the door will hit us in the face as we attempt to walk through it. The decisions that governments and the WHO Secretariat, regions and country offices under the leadership of Dr Tedros are making, including with the General Program of Work, can either propel us into the era of wellbeing and sustainable human development for all. Or they can leave us stuck where we are right now, in a world where corporations make profits from destroying the health of people and planet…

BLOG: Paradise Papers And Beyond: Big Alcohol Big In Tax Schemes

What the Paradise Papers show is that alcohol industry executives think they are above the law. These new leaks show that the alcohol industry is ruthlessly externalizing costs to take home windfall profits, and deliberately scheming to avoid taxation.
It means is that Big Alcohol is leaving societies around the world completely alone with the massive costs from the damage their products cause. In the end, these practices undermine the very fabric and functioning of our societies. When domestic resource mobilization is undermined on this scale and this mercilessly important government functions like providing prevention and treatment for alcohol harm cannot be delivered to the people who need them the most.
In that sense, the leaks reveal more than concrete examples of unethical and anti-social business practices. The leaks also reveal the true face of a rogue industry…

BLOG: Detrimental Effect Of Alcohol On HIV Treatment Adherence

The mechanisms and interactions between alcohol and HIV are several but can conceptually be described as behavioral and biological. This blog summarizes a meta analysis about the detrimental effect of alcohol on HIV treatment adherence and explores the question of which levels of alcohol consumption might be most problematic…

BLOG: New Indian Drug Demand Reduction Policy: Towards Good Health?

It is clear that only a comprehensive drug demand reduction policy will allow India to achieve Goal 3 of the 2030 Agenda. With the accelerating NCDs epidemic, alcohol-fueled violence against women, and children being exposed to grave harms associated with alcohol and other drugs the threats to healthy lives and well-being for all are massive…

Big Alcohol Misleads Public On Their Products’ Cancer Risks

A brand new study presents evidence illustrating that the alcohol industry is misleading the public over their products’ cancer risks.
The new study shows that the alcohol industry and their front groups are working to misrepresent scientific evidence about alcohol-related cancer risks. The tactics they use to do so are very similar to those of the tobacco industry, according to new research published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review…

REPORT: Can Public Health Reconcile Profits And Pandemics?

Public health’s terms of engagement with unhealthy commodity industries (alcohol, tobacco and ultra-processed food and drinks) have become increasingly contested in policy and research. The researchers sought to identify approaches that could attract consensus support within and across policy domains…