Yourwellness Magazine Follows Up Government Investment in HIV Research

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With the UK government planning to invest £10.7m in researching HIV prevention in southern Africa’s teenagers and prisoners, Yourwellness Magazine explored whether risky sex is to blame for the UK’s rise in HIV infections.

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The UK government is going to invest £10.7m in researching how to prevent HIV infections in adolescents and prisoners, as these are two of the most vulnerable groups in southern Africa, it was reported July 11th. In Malawi, 63% of people with HIV are on treatment, including lifelong medication with antiretroviral drugs for mothers. International development minister Lynne Featherstone commented, “But all these things are very expensive. The emphasis has been on treatment. I have asked them to look at prevention and behavioural change, and to look at women and girls and the connection to violence.” (http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/jul/11/uk-hiv-adolescents-southern-africa)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine investigated whether risky sex is to blame for the rise in HIV cases. According to Yourwellness Magazine, “We have a habit of thinking of HIV as a disease that is declining. Public knowledge of the condition had been very good thanks to a number of high-profile campaigns. But now it seems that Britain is slipping dangerously close to getting far worse.” (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/02/rise-in-hiv-cases-is-risky-sex-to-blame/#sthash.WwJs8mBh.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine explained that “risky sexual practices” have been identified as the culprit behind the number of new cases, as these have developed in spite of huge advances in methods of testing, preventing and treating the disease. Yourwellness Magazine commented that further testing and more education on how to practice safer sex will be needed to see those numbers begin to fall. Yourwellness Magazine noted that despite a 20% reduction in the time it takes to diagnose the condition, around 38% of infections in 2010 were diagnosed after the time patients should have started the treatment programme. Yourwellness Magazine observed that this is a concern because it indicates that people are continuing to practice unsafe sex and that the level of testing appears to be insufficient.

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