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  • Czech human rights advocates up in arms over proposal to make HIV testing compulsory for high-risk groups

    The Czech Health Ministry is pushing a proposed amendment to the law on public health which would make HIV testing compulsory for some people in high risk groups. While the ministry argues that this is to curb the spread of the disease and ensure early treatment, human rights advocates say it would mean a serious breach of human rights.

    09 April 2015 | Radio Prague
  • MSM and transgender people are absent from the Global Fund country dialogue in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

    Men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (TG) are not involved in strategic discussions around HIV in most nations of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). Lack of reliable epidemiological data, high stigma, and policies that restrict the access of MSM and TG to information on HIV preclude the two key populations from meaningfully participating in the country dialogue processes.

    01 April 2015 | EATG
  • S.Africa HIV-positive women forced to sterilise: rights groups

    Doctors at some public hospitals in South Africa have allegedly coerced dozens of HIV-positive women to undergo sterilisation over the past three decades, rights groups said Thursday.

    20 March 2015 | Yahoo News
  • Ugandan gays go Bombastic

    The front cover of Uganda's first ever gay magazine shows a man donning purple feathers and a glittering mask above a rainbow and the words: "Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Lives." Bombastic is distributed for free by Uganda's gay community, which has also launched an online radio station, Kuchu Radio, in a bid to fight prejudice.

    21 January 2015 | DPA International
  • Egyptian Court Acquits 26 Men Charged With “Debauchery”

    This is the first time a trial court has ever acquitted men accused of homosexuality in a high-profile case, according to human rights activists in Cairo.

    12 January 2015 | Buzz Feed
  • Fifteen HIV Advocates to Watch in 2015

    They come from different cultures and regions of the world, but these fifteen HIV activists all share one important trait: a fierce devotion to HIV issues and a commitment to leave their mark on 2015.

    07 January 2015 | MarkSKing.com
  • 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
  • Blinded by Fear: How Politics Influenced Medical Policy in Greece

    There is no one particular reason for Greece’s stringent policies on HIV. Rather, the combination of political power plays, economic instability, and societal fear planted the seeds for criminalization of the disease.

    10 December 2014 | The Politic
  • The Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Gender-Based Violence: A Critical Connection

    Carla Koppell, USAID’s chief strategy officer, discusses linkages between gender-based violence prevention and efforts to reduce the spread of HIV: "This week we mark World AIDS Day. Appropriately, it occurs during the Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Why so appropriate? Because we know that gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response are critical to effectively treating and reducing the spread of HIV. Though not always self-evident, the connection is clear."

    09 December 2014 | USAID
  • Uganda Parliament committee tries again with bill that would criminalize HIV prevention services

    The latest draft of a bill targeting “unnatural sexual practices” from a Uganda Parliament committee seeking to replace the country’s nullified Anti-Homosexality Act would punish “anyone providing premises, distributing textual or visual material or any other means to interest a person in unnatural sexual practices . . .” with up to seven years in prison.

    11 November 2014 | Science Speaks
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