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  • Four Laws That Are Devastating Public Health in Uganda

    In the past year Uganda has passed four laws which defy public health principles and show blatant disregard for dignity and human rights. These laws target individuals who are already marginalized by society and most in need of health services and support: people who sell sex to make ends meet for their families; LGBTI people living in fear of community violence; people hiding their HIV medication from their own families; and people struggling to manage drug dependence and other illnesses. Perhaps most harmful of all, parts of Ugandan society are interpreting these laws to justify violence and exclusion.

    17 December 2014 | Open Society Foundation
  • PrEP and sex shaming

    Within our communities there is a rich seam of disapproval of other people’s sex lives. You hear it in the stigmatisation of gay men living with HIV and I see similar corrosive language used to describe PrEP.

    09 December 2014 | GMFA
  • Rosemary Namubiru is free: A case of reckless, negligent reporting continues

    It remains tragically ironic that a case which the appeals court judge insisted “was about reckless, negligent behavior on the part of health care providers,” remains the object of reckless, negligent behavior on the part of news reporters.

    03 December 2014 | Science Speaks
  • Highest global rise in HIV and AIDS reported in Middle East

    Rates of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths are rising faster in the Middle East and North Africa than anywhere else globally. As the world marks World AIDS Day, experts warn that cultural stigmatization and punitive legal regimes mean many patients are left in the shadows unable to access treatment and support, leading to unnecessary loss of life and increasing transmission risks.

    03 December 2014 | Middle East Eye
  • Uganda: ‘HIV nurse’ Rosemary Namubiru loses appeal, released from prison after almost a year

    The High Court in Kampala has rejected an appeal from Rosemary Namubiru, who was convicted in May 2014 for negligently exposing a child to HIV during a needlestick injury. However, Justice Rugadya Atwooki found that her original three year sentence was excessive.

    28 November 2014 | HIV Justice Network
  • Yemen: HIV Patients Denied Health Care

    Human Rights Watch spoke to seven HIV-positive individuals in Yemen who said that they had been repeatedly refused treatment once medical staff found out their HIV status. Six health workers told Human Rights Watch they believed such discrimination was common in state-run healthcare facilities.

    04 November 2014 | Human Rights Watch
  • Pat Robertson, Medical Expert: 'The Towels Might Have AIDS'

    On a recent episode of The 700 Club, television's premier destination for religious bigotry since 1966, Robertson advised a viewer that while the chances of contracting Ebola in Kenya are slim, travelers should beware of AIDS-ridden towels. What? Yes.

    31 October 2014 | Poz
  • New Zealand: Survey shows HIV stigma remains rife

    New research shows that while most people are educated about HIV transmission, stigma is rampant, with nearly a quarter of New Zealanders surveyed saying they would be uncomfortable being friends with someone with HIV.

    31 October 2014 | Gay NZ
  • Acting Up for Ebola: International HIV Activists Launch Solidarity Call

    "We need an ACT UP for Ebola. Act Up, Fight Back, Fight Ebola!" That message, shared via the Internet with increasing hourly frequency in recent days among seasoned AIDS activists, has captured a growing sense of urgency for movement-level activism to address what some call AIDS on steroids -- the fast-moving, deadly Ebola epidemic.

    27 October 2014 | The Body
  • In Ebola fear, a familiar whiff of paranoia

    Stigmatization, dread of contagion, and moral panic: the parallels between Ebola and the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic are striking.

    16 October 2014 | Washington Post
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