This STOP AIDS NOW! newsletter is about Income and livelihoods protection for prevention. Economic and social well-being is an important factor contributing to prevention of HIV. Luckily, more and more research and programs demonstrate this. In this newsletter we give you the latest insights and stories about it.

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Income for Prevention

Poverty and dependency are risk factors for HIV infection. People may engage in higher risk taking activities to generate an income or access basic commodities, such as transactional sex. Exploitation, especially of women and girls due to their economic status, puts them at even higher risk. However, especially when it comes to young people, most HIV prevention interventions are not complemented with a livelihood or economic development component. Yet results from recent studies are promising.

What's new

Youth Knows Best! - ICASA 2013
STOP AIDS NOW! was present at ICASA 2013 in Cape Town. At the ICASA Youth Pre-Conference young people had their say. We have summarized their important and inspiring messages in 11 quotes!

HIV and Livelihoods factsheet
When fighting AIDS, it is essential to include improving livelihoods. HIV-related illness impacts one’s ability to work and poor livelihood opportunities lead to people engaging in higher risk activities to generate income, such as transactional sex. This helpful factsheet provides clear recommendations on effective integration of HIV and livelihoods in programming!

UNAIDS and World Bank Group address extreme poverty and AIDS

"Just as money alone is insufficient to end poverty, science is powerless to defeat AIDS unless we tackle the underlying social and structural factors." This January, UNAIDS and the World Bank have committed to work closely with international partners, to address the social and structural drivers that put people at greater risk of HIV and deny them access to services. Read the action points that have been developed!


Cash Transfer Program Reduces Risk of Sexual Debut Young People
Research demonstrates that government-led cash transfer programs reduced the risk of HIV among young people in Kenya by postponing sexual debut. Interestingly, HIV reduction is not even a primary objective of the program. Learn how it works!

HIV Prevalence Highest among Wealthier Population in sub-Saharan Africa
Extant studies universally document a positive relationship between socioeconomic status and health. A notable exception is the apparent concentration of HIV/AIDS among wealthier individuals. An interesting paper demonstrates that HIV/AIDS is concentrated among higher socioeconomic status individuals in the majority of SSA countries. What does this indicate?

ART Significantly Improves Patients’ Economic Well-being
ART programs prove to have tremendous health outcomes. However, effects on other variables, such as economic performance or well-being, have been little measured on a great scale and long time period. This study confirms the statement that putting people on treatment is not only an investment in health, but is also an economically-sound investment.

Meet and Greet

Meet Hirut Tekleab, expert on HIV and livelihoods interventions

The past 7 years Hirut has been working for Integrated Service Aids Prevention and Support Organisation (ISAPSO) in Ethiopia. Since a year she is managing the STOP AIDS NOW! project supporting orphans and vulnerable children guardians and other poor and vulnerable people, in one of the slums and high HIV prevalence areas in Addis Ababa. During a project visit we discussed her view on the HIV/AIDS response.

Upcoming events

7th S.A.H.A.R.A. Conference (Social Aspects of HIV and AIDS Research Alliance)
March 18-21, 2014 - Dakar (Senegal)

Short course on social protection: Policies, programmes and evidence
July 7-10, 2014 - Brighton (UK)

Symposium Children and HIV: Start Early, Start Now
July 18-19, 2014 - Melbourne (Australia)

International AIDS Conference 2014
July 20 -25, 2014 - Melbourne (Australia)

More upcoming events

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Aids Fonds, Cordaid, Hivos, ICCO and Oxfam Novib

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