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How Empowered Women Changed the World

Going back at least to Thomas Malthus, who published his An Essay on the Principle of Population in 1798, people have worried about doomsday scenarios in which food supply can’t keep up with population growth.

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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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The Avahan Decade: Changing the Trajectory of India’s Epidemic

What would it take to have an impact on the HIV epidemic in India’s highest burden states at a scale usually expected only of government? The Avahan initiative spent the last decade finding out.

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A Potential Breakthrough in the Fight against Dengue Fever

For the nearly three billion people worldwide who live at risk of dengue fever – a mosquito-transmitted disease that is a leading cause of severe illness and death in more than 100 countries – prospects for the development of the first effective dengue vaccine brightened considerably today.

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