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  1. Focus on key populations in national HIV strategic plans in the African region

    The World Health Organization (WHO) defines key populations as populations who are at higher risk for HIV irrespective of the epidemic type or local context and who face social and legal challenges that increase their vulnerability. They include sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who inject drugs, and people in prison and other closed settings. …

  2. Defeating AIDS—advancing global health

    After more than a decade of major achievements, the AIDS response is at a crucial juncture, both in terms of its immediate trajectory and its sustainability, as well as its place in the new global health and development agendas. In May, 2013, the UNAIDS–Lancet Commission— a diverse group of experts in HIV, health, and development, young people, people living with HIV and affected communities, activists, and political leaders— was established to investigate how the AIDS response could evolve in a new era of sustainable development. …

  3. Situational analysis of young people at high risk of HIV exposure in Thailand: Synthesis report

    The main goals of this project are to review the situation of young key affected populations (YKAP) HIV risk behaviours in Thailand, review the present policy and programmatic response for YKAP, identify gaps and promising practices for YKAP, and determine strategic future policy and programming interventions for YKAP. …

  4. NewGen Asia: Building capacity in emerging young leaders in the HIV response

    In the Asia-Pacific Region, young people bear a large proportion of new HIV infections, and there is a need to consult them about how best to tailor prevention initiatives to meet their needs. In 2010, Youth LEAD, an organization representing young HIV advocates from across the Asia-Pacific region highlighted the need to engage young people more effectively in advocacy and programming initiatives. …

  5. Experiences from the field: HIV prevention among most at risk adolescents in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States

    In recent years, UNICEF has worked together with national and local authorities and civil society partners in a number of countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to develop and implement HIV prevention programmes intended to reduce risks and vul¬nerabilities among most-at-risk adolescents (MARA.) This docu¬ment presents programming experiences from seven countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. …

  6. Cost-effective interventions that focus on most-at-risk populations

    This paper explores the most cost-effective approaches to AIDS interventions in countries with low and concentrated epidemics. These epidemics are traditionally driven by populations that are classified as "Most at Risk". The populations that make up this group are sex workers, men who have sex with men and intervenous drug users. These groups are heavily marginalized, and governments are often reluctant to allocate resources to programs that target these groups. …

  7. I expect to be abused and I have fear: Sex workers' experiences of human rights violations and barriers to accessing healthcare in four African countries

    This report documents human rights violations experienced by female, male and transgender sex workers in four African countries (Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe), and describes barriers they face to accessing health services. Through cross-country comparison and documenting sub-regional trends, the study moves beyond previous often-localised descriptions of violations against sex workers in Africa. The study also fills information gaps about violations in male and transgender sex workers in this setting.

  8. Key populations, key responses: a gap analysis for key populations and HIV in South Africa, and recommendations for the National Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB (2012-2016)

    In June 2011, South Africa signed the United Nations Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS: Intensifying our Efforts to Eliminate HIV/AIDS which explicitly outlined commitment for all UN member states to address the inadequacy of HIV prevention strategies, focusing on men who have sex with men (MSM), injecting drug users (IDU) and sex workers (SW) and to improve access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for migrant populations. …

  9. Assessment: legal and regulatory framework affecting treatment and services for most-at-risk populations in Ghana

    In recognition of the importance of an enabling legal and policy environment that supports MARPs and their access to services, the Ghana AIDS Commission requested that the United States Agency for International Development - supported Health Policy Initiative conduct a qualitative assessment to develop an understanding of the current legal and policy framework for MARPs. An enabling environment reduces stigma and discrimination (S&D) against MARPs, protects their rights, and ensures that they have access to needed services. …

  10. Characterizing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Middle East and North Africa: time for strategic action

    Despite a fair amount of progress on understanding human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemiology globally, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is the only region where knowledge of the epidemic continues to be very limited, and subject to much controversy. This report addresses this dearth of strategic information on HIV infections in MENA through a joint effort of the World Bank, the MENA Regional Support Team (RST) of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) of the World Health Organization (WHO). …

  11. A lo que venga...!: Alcohol, drogas y vulnerabilidad sexual en el Perú actual

    Estudio de comportamiento en grupos de jóvenes de cuatro provincias de Perú: Lima, Callao, Chiclayo e Iquitos. La información ha sido recogida en poblaciones vulnerables y afectadas por el VIH como: travestis, gays, trabajadoras sexuales mujeres, niños de la calle, población privada de libertad, personas viviendo con VIH y personas en rehabilitación por el uso de drogas. Esta publicación permite identificar las principales formas en las que se presenta la relación entre el fenómeno de consumo de drogas psicoactivas no inyectables y la infección por VIH. …

  12. Retos planteados por la epidemia del VIH en América Latina y el Caribe 2009

    Este informe aparece más de tres años después de que los países de América Latina y el Caribe se comprometieran con la meta de acceso universal para la prevención, el tratamiento, la atención y el apoyo de las personas con VIH, tal como se estableció en la Reunión de Alto Nivel de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas sobre el VIH/SIDA en 2006. OPS, UNICEF y ONUSIDA le presentan Retos planteados por la epidemia del VIH en América Latina y el Caribe 2009 con el fin de contribuir a lograr avances hacia dicha meta. …

  13. Salud, VIH-sida y sexualidad trans: Atención de la salud de personas travestis y transexuales. Estudio de seroprevalencia de VIH en personas trans

    Documento sobre atención de salud de personas travestis y transexuales (nacidas con sexo masculino) en Argentina.áLa primera parte de esta publicación y consta de cinco artículos. El primero es "Nociones generales sobre sexualidad", en el que se presentan algunos conceptos básicos que, entendemos, permiten salir de una lectura "natural" de la sexualidad para poder pensarla como un hecho social y cultural. Entender la complejidad de cómo nos formamos como hombres o mujeres permite entender mejor por qué también podemos ser trans. …

  14. Determinación de Seroincidencia y resistencia del VIH en Poblaciones de Hombres que tienen Sexo con Hombres, Trabajadoras Sexuales, Usuarios de Drogas y Embarazadas

    Estudio de prevalencia de VIH en grupos vulnerables (hombres que tienen sexo con hombres, trabajadores sexuales y usuarios de drogas) y embarazadas en Argentina. Determinación de incidencia y resistencia al VIH. Descripción detallada por provincias, estadísticas de prevalencia, prácticas de riesgo y prevención.

  15. A prevenção do desvio: o dispositivo da aids e a repatologização das sexualidades dissidentes

    Este artigo problematiza a visão contemporânea dominante sobre a sexualidade, seus proclamados riscos e formas desejadas, contrapondo a ela discursos contra-hegemônicos que surgiram desde a emergência da epidemia de HIV-aids, mas que foram silenciados ou ignorados em prol dos consensos que atendiam às demandas da saúde pública. Utilizamos discursos dissidentes sobre a doença para analisar dados etnográficos sobre travestis que se prostituem, seus clientes e também homens que se relacionam em segredo com outros homens. …

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