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  • HIV-Positive Women in Uganda Are Being Sterilized Against Their Will

    A 2013 report by the National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANU) found that at least 11 percent of women living with HIV/AIDS were forcibly sterilized. A 2015 report focusing on such coercion from Uganda-based NGO International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA) revealed that forced sterilization and coercion — which includes women being given money and misinformation or being intimidated by a health worker — continues in the country.

    03 May 2016 | ThinkProgress
  • Anti-LGBTQ laws increase risk of HIV, drug use, and violence

    Recently enacted laws in North Carolina and Mississippi and their impact on the rights of the LGBTQ community have brought to light a serious public health issue: an increased risk of HIV and gender-based violence. Laws such as these, as well as in other states, specifically exclude communities from protections against discrimination and create environments with gender inequality, stigmatization, and differential access to services. Together, this can lead to increased risk of violence.

    03 May 2016 | The Hill (blog)
  • A simple ask in 2016: the UN goal of universal HIV treatment

    Last week, the working draft for 2016 UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS was released with only a few days for comments. Called the Zero draft, like previous statements produced every five years, it is a list of observations, comments and goals. But using the UN Statement as a platform of human rights has become disconnected from the scientific and medical advances in HIV over the last five years. The bulk of the draft document could have been written at any time during the epidemic, certainly most of it could have been written in 2011. There is only one reference to dramatic changes in the WHO 2015 guidelines and only two references to PrEP.

    28 April 2016 | i-Base
  • Bangladesh LGBT editor hacked to death

    Bangladesh police say a top gay rights activist and editor at the country's only LGBT magazine is one of two people who have been hacked to death. The US ambassador to Bangladesh condemned the killing of Xulhaz Mannan, who also worked at the US embassy.

    25 April 2016 | BBC
  • Gay clubbing and stoic activism in Russia’s homophobic heartland

    Ever since president Vladimir Putin signed a law in 2013 banning “gay propaganda” conditions have got worse for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Russia. The law may be limited in scope but the homophobic rhetoric that surrounded it has led to an increase in violence against LGBT people, according to Human Rights Watch.

    20 April 2016 | The Guardian
  • HIV and TB link the Bronx and Tugela Ferry in a story of human rights and social justice

    The HIV and TB epidemics in the Bronx (USA) and Tugela Ferry (South Africa) tell a story of a disease that goes beyond a plot line of host and pathogen,, with a common theme of human rights and social justice said Dr. Gerald Friedland of Yale University’s School of Medicine, in the N’Galy-Mann lecture on the opening night of this conference.

    24 February 2016 | Science Speaks
  • Russia Proposes Dedicated Health Facilities To Treat Homosexuality And Pedophilia

    The Russian Ministry of Health is proposing new regulations that would mandate the creation of dedicated exam rooms throughout the country for the treatment of what it calls “non-traditional sexual relationships,” including homosexuality and pedophilia.

    24 February 2016 | Sexuality Policy Watch
  • Anti-Gay Actions in Indonesia Threaten a Fragile Population

    A sudden onslaught of anti-gay speech and of recommendations aimed at chipping away at the already fragile social standing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country has caught most human rights activists here by surprise.

    17 February 2016 | New York Times
  • Dumbing down HIV treatment hurts everybody

    Bob Leahy says there is so much faulty information on what being on treatment means and when to start that it is hurting us all. But there are solutions which can successfully balance patient rights with the benefits of starting treatment early.

    11 February 2016 | Positive Lite
  • Uganda: criminalisation of LGBT people increases risk of HIV transmission

    Over the last couple of years HIV rose in Uganda, along with a reported rise in violence, stigma and discrimination against sexual minorities, with many losing their property and income.

    23 December 2015 | Key Correspondents
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