Of Goats and Chickens: Village Leaders Champion HIV Self-Testing in Malawi

By Sabrina Sidhu, Writer, UNITAID Malicious gossip can spread faster than wildfire. Traditional leaders in rural Neno District, Malawi, are only too aware of its destructive nature. In May this year, they grew worried that rumours could jeopardize HIV self-testing, a new health service that relies on strict confidentiality for its success. HIV self-testing allows

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What Got Us Here Won’t Get Us There

By Nina Hasen, HIV and TB Director, Population Services International (PSI) We’re going to hear a lot of debate about the HIV response as we converge at AIDS 2016 in Durban. Should we keep scaling treatment or focus more on prevention? Should we focus resources on the biggest epidemics for the biggest impact, or work

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We Can Solve the Problems of PrEP

By Nina Hasen, Director, HIV and TB Programs, PSI At the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa, lots of people are talking about oral PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, which is the daily use of antiretrovirals to prevent HIV in those not yet infected. But not all the talk is positive. Let’s

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#EndAIDS: Moving Self-Testing from Theory to Reality

DURBAN, 20 July 2016 – How can HIV self-testing (HIVST) reduce the current HIV testing gap and help reach the United Nations 90-90-90 target? At the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS2016), UNITAID, Population Services International (PSI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will host a joint satellite session to answer this question and provide insights into the HIV Self-Test AfRica

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Reaching Out with the Right Service

By Maureen Mersmann, Program Development Manager, PSI Swaziland “Most times you go to your mom and talk to your mom about these things, instead of going to the clinic, because most of the time you get judged when you get there.” Bachazile Thwala, age 25. Bachazile is a young woman living in Matsapha, the industrial center

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Men HIV

#EndAIDS: Let’s Not Forget About Men

By Karin Hatzold, Project Director, PSI/UNITAID/HIV Self Test AfRica Almost universally, men interact with health systems far less than women. In sub-Saharan Africa and in countries with high HIV burden, the  consequences are real: men are less likely to know their HIV status; are diagnosed later in the course of infection and less likely to

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A one-stop shop

A takeaway from AIDS 2014 – the need to serve women in a holistic way

By Regina Moore, Manager, External Relations & Communications, PSI “We need to look at a woman or man holistically. We need a one-stop-shop.” It’s been about two weeks since I returned from the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, but this simple statement uttered by South African singer and activist Yvonne Chaka Chaka remains

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Last on the needle

Why we need to reach women who inject drugs with critical health services

By Laetitia Lemoine Women who inject drugs are “last on the needle”. This was the message conveyed during the Symposia Session “Women Drug Users: Our Voices, Our Lives, Our Health” at the 2014 International AIDS Conference. Part of an already marginalized group, women who use drugs in developing regions face extreme levels of gender-based violence,

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A powerful combination

Reaching challenging populations by integrating services under a social franchise brand

By Stephano Gudukeya, PSI Zimbabwe This year’s AIDS Conference has been a whirlwind of activity and information. One topic that has come up time and again is linkages and the challenges involved with connecting people to the services they need. It seems like a no-brainer – when services are integrated, it’s easier for people to

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Social and structural drivers

Scaling up proven biomedical and behavioral interventions isn’t enough

Social and structural drivers of the HIV epidemic: what’s the buzz about?

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Focusing on where HIV will be

Yves Girard Pierre Louis, deputy director of OHMaSS, the PSI network member in Haiti, reports briefly on what he sees as the big takeaways coming from the 20th International AIDS Conference

Yves Girard Pierre Louis, deputy director of OHMaSS, the PSI network member in Haiti, reports briefly on what he sees as the big takeaways coming from the 20th International AIDS Conference

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