Tagged: UN AIDS Science Now

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: UN AIDS Science Now: Alcohol & Sex Workers

Addressing alcohol use can improve structural factors in the lives of sex workers
Modifying structural drivers of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic, such as alcohol, violence, or socio-economic status is a challenging but necessary component of developing sustainable, effective solutions to the HIV epidemic.
A new study called “The impact of an alcohol harm reduction intervention on interpersonal violence and engagement in sex work among female sex workers in Mombasa, Kenya: Results from a randomized controlled trial” presents findings from an individually randomised trial, where female sex workers were randomised to receive an individual-level programme focused on alcohol and substance use, and to assess non-alcohol associated outcomes of violence, and indirectly economic vulnerability. While the programme did not produce persistent effects at six months for all components, it very usefully demonstrated how addressing alcohol use, a structural factor central to sex workers’ lives, can potentially also improve non-alcohol associated outcomes…