In Malawi, it’s standard practice for women to sell fish caught by men and pay them later—but if the numbers don’t add up, transactional sex offers another form of payment, Marc Silver reports.   While “fish for sex” is common in sub-Saharan Africa, it also comes with heavy…

A swell in opioid-related bacterial and viral infections is further compounding the crisis.  Upticks in HIV, hepatitis and bacterial infections—including antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus—are alarming public health officials. Most result from unsanitary injections…

In 2018 North Korea’s WHO official announced that the country had zero reported HIV cases thanks to a robust prevention program. In fact, HIV has spiraled in North Korea in recent years, and officials are well aware, according to an unusual collaboration between North Korea…

Deploying antiretrovirals as soon as HIV is found—or “test and treat”—is standard practice in wealthy countries. When researchers set out to try the method in South Africa and Zambia, they encountered skepticism about whether communities would trust, embrace and stick to…

Boys as young as 10 are entering the illegal gay sex trade to survive in cash-strapped Zimbabwe. Decades of corruption economically marred the country, which has recently been further crippled by Cyclone Idai. Now, the Social Welfare Department estimates some 4,700…

Women account for over half of people living with HIV worldwide. That’s not obvious from the research, which relies heavily on gay male participants. Yet there are key differences in how male and female immune systems respond to the virus—a relevant factor in efforts to…

A landmark study published in the Lancet yesterday puts the end of the AIDS epidemic within reach, The Guardian reports.

Antiretroviral therapy is a major asset in lessening HIV-related morbidity if initiated shortly after diagnosis. Most countries in sub-Saharan Africa are implementing Treat All policies providing timely ART.   While initial controlled studies showed high rates of ART…

Progress against HIV has hit a sticking point among homeless people in the US who inject drugs, according to a new CDC study that uncovered a cluster of related cases in rural Washington state.   The 14 related HIV cases represent a wider trend King County trend of HIV…

Changes to how Mexico funds HIV care—including the centralization of drug distribution—threaten to disrupt essential treatment for thousands.   The government says it’s about rooting out corruption.   But going without meds for even for a few weeks puts HIV+ people at…