Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Many countries have made progress in reducing the number of new HIV infections through comprehensive prevention efforts. But much work still needs to be done. New HIV infections could be significantly reduced if effective prevention programs are expanded and reach those at greatest risk of HIV infection. 

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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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Air-Infused Female Condoms

The growth of STDs and HIV/AIDS is even more troubling among minority populations in the United States, and globally it is still on the rise with 95% of new infections occurring in individuals that reside in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.With so few product options, my attention was drawn to Condax LLC. They are known for their novel and innovative approaches including their new condom applicator products. I leaned that their engineers were considering melding their air-infusion technology into female condoms, and a long - term relationship was initiated.

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