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Using Soccer to Create Demand for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision

What if the pathway to a medical procedure that could prevent HIV infections started on a soccer pitch? With a long-term objective of eradicating HIV in Zimbabwe, Grassroot Soccer initiated a series of trials utilizing its Make The Cut (MTC) curriculum to prompt young men in Zimbabwe to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). Through soccer drills and activities, the program teaches these men about the benefits of VMMC, which has proven to reduce the transmission of HIV (Auvert B et al, Randomized, controlled intervention trial of male circumcision for reduction of HIV infection risk, 2005.

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International AIDS Conference Focuses on Picking up the Pace Against HIV

Last week, I boarded a flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, skimmed the official program of the 20th International AIDS Conference, circled a few of the stories I wanted to cover, and went to sleep. By the time I landed, the lead story had changed.

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We Will Not Banish AIDS Until We Banish Stigma

Earlier this year, I met Eugene and Dominique at a drop-in center for men who have sex with men (MSM) outside Nairobi, Kenya. Eugene, 23, comes to the center regularly to get condoms, lubricants and HIV counseling and testing, and has brought other gay men to the center. So far, he is HIV-negative.

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Making Connections: Economic Opportunities and the Pathway to Ending Family Homelessness

Economic opportunities are a critical pathway to ending family homelessness.

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UN Agency Expands Mandate to Get Banking Services to the Poor

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has recently taken on a new and challenging task: to promote digital financial inclusion through the adoption of technical standards. The UN Agency for Telecommunications, more commonly known for its work in fields such as radio frequency spectrum, cloud computing or new generations of mobile technology, has established a new focus group with the aim to further unlock the potential of digital financial services to serve the poor. The focus group will build on best practices to adopt a series of recommendations that the ITU can then translate into international standards for national regulators and market players.

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