[Special Issue News] Indonesia: A consummate insider pushes ideas from outside Indonesia

Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi’s HIV prevention efforts have faced serious resistance from some influential Islamists in this Muslim-majority country. Her promotion of condoms has led to angry protests, and she also had to overcome loud objections to her advocating that the government adopt harm reduction strategies for people who inject […]

[Special Issue News] Papua New Guinea: In PNG, the epidemic that wasn't

In several sub-Saharan African countries, HIV has spread widely via heterosexual sex, infecting 5% or more of adults. No Asian country has an epidemic that has made similar headway in heterosexuals, although the virus has spread widely in key affected populations like men who have sex with men, injecting drug […]

[Special Issue News] The circumcision conundrum

Large-scale studies have proven that medical circumcision, which removes the entire foreskin, reduces the risk of men becoming infected via heterosexual sex by about 60%. But researchers still debate the precise mechanisms that lead to this protection. Investigators are now studying traditional penile cutting in Papua New Guinea, which slits […]

[Special Issue News] Malaysia: Malaysia tries to follow Australia's path

Adeeba Kamarulzaman, a leading HIV/AIDS researcher who is the dean of the faculty of medicine at the University of Malaya, studied in Australia from the time she was in high school, and, when she returned home to Malaysia, successfully lobbied the government to import harm reduction strategies that had worked there. […]

[Special Issue News] Australia: First, do harm reduction

Shortly after the AIDS epidemic surfaced in Australia, an aggressive effort began to prevent the spread of HIV in people who inject drugs. The harm reduction movement that evolved provided clean needles and syringes to users, as well as opiate substitutes like methadone that are not injected. A medically supervised […]