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25 Oct 2016 - 08:44

People across Canada living with HIV feel abandoned by the federal government because of changes to the way the Public Health Agency of Canada funds the response to the virus, according to several organizations providing support services.

The full picture of which organizations and services have lost their funding as a result of the changes is still developing. This year, the agency spent  $24.6 million on community-based programs through its HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund.

19 Oct 2016 - 12:24

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) provides at least a 60% protective effect against HIV infection for men. While service delivery for VMMC has improved and taken to scale, uptake has plateaued. PSI Zimbabwe and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation worked with IPSOS, a market research firm, to investigate how to map and better understand the associations men and boys have with VMMC, to adapt to who now presents for information on VMMC and update their programming to fit new audiences.

Much is known about why men undergo VMMC, but these reasons have not been systematically mapped, neither have men’s beliefs about how the procedures develop and how those beliefs influence decisions to undergo VMMC.

12 Oct 2016 - 13:03

The 90-90-90 targets for HIV will dominate discussion at the upcoming Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals Summit 2016 in Geneva.

"When we launched this series of summits several years ago, we did not have consensus on the importance of scaling up prevention," said José Zuniga, PhD, president of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care.

"We spent a lot of time building that consensus and moving stakeholders to support this intervention, which ultimately is the foundation for obtaining the 90-90-90 targets," he told Medscape Medical News.

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