In northeastern Nigeria—“Boko Haram’s den”—at least 3 in 10 people suffer from untreated mental illness. Despite high suicide rates and risks of radicalization, care is reserved for treating substance use or disorders like schizophrenia.    Nonprofits like NEEM Foundation…

A dozen countries across Africa and the Americas are experiencing an alarming uptick in resistance to 2 crucial HIV drugs: efavirenz and nevirapine, according to a WHO report that suggests countries switch to the drug dolutegravir, which is less prone to resistance.

By the time they get their first period, over 50% of Afghan girls have never heard the term zan marizi, “a woman’s illness.” Under shame and secrecy, many avoid bathing for fear of infertility and even more are ostracized due to stigma during menstruation. A new…

Leprosy post-exposure prophylaxis, the first major innovation treatment against the disease since multidrug therapy, can prevent cases in those who come into close contact with leprosy patients, Devex reports.  

HIV prevalence in Nigeria is about 4%. But among gay men and MSM this figure is more like 30% with untold numbers of men—and the women they marry to avoid suspicion—unaware of their status.   Stigma means that many will not seek health services, while a lack of training for…

It took 27 years and an attempted suicide for Chinese-American Amanda Rosenberg to get a diagnosis for bipolar disorder. She kept her deteriorating mental health a secret for “one straightforward reason: I was scared of embarrassing my mother,” she writes. Asian Americans’…

Human Rights Watch and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) United released a practical guide this week for international groups working with women and girls to help identify and address barriers to human rights because of menstruation.

Public health experts believe that today’s teens remain an at-risk group for HIV/AIDS in large part because its worst effects have never hit them.   In fact, the CDC reported, US citizens between 13 and 24—who make up nearly 20% of the population—accounted for 22% of new…

In an effort to reduce stigma, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy is recommending government employees and contractors use new language to describe people addicted to drugs and alcohol. The updated language exchanges “drug abuser” for “person with…

The New York Times’ “Room for Debate” op-ed series turned its focus this week to the so-called Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath, which requires foreign organizations to “have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution” in order to receive HIV/AIDS US government funding.