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  • HIV experts warned of an ‘massive’ public health problem following Edinburgh sauna crackdown

    EXPERTS who battled the AIDs epidemic in the 1980s have warned of a “massive” public health problem following the police crackdown on saunas..

    06 February 2014 | Deadline
  • Burma: Push to decriminalize sex work, but stigma remains

    Despite a decreasing prevalence of HIV/AIDS among commercial sex workers, health workers say the stigma associated with prostitution and the harsh laws against it are undermining sex workers’ access to HIV-related services.

    14 January 2014 | IRIN
  • The escorts who want to rebrand male prostitution as a business

    Most people think of male prostitution as dangerous, degrading and exploitative work. But there are some who are attempting to reinvent it as a profession free of stigma by using all the tools of modern business, writes Mobeen Azhar.

    06 January 2014 | BBC
  • Andrew Hunter, HIV and Sex Worker Rights Activist, Dies

    He was president and a founding member of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP).

    31 December 2013 | Poz magazine news
  • Myanmar's 'Big Sister' Leads in HIV Fight

    Myanmar has significantly reduced the rate of HIV infections in its sex worker population from its previous high of 40% to less than 10% today. The country has allowed sex worker-run programs to organize and scale up over the last eight years using an empowerment-based model, rather than coercion.

    18 December 2013 | The Diplomat
  • Report: Aggressive Police Tactics Contributing to New Orleans' Staggering HIV HIV/AIDS Rate

    A new report from Human Rights Watch finds that Louisiana's AIDS death rate is more than double the national average—and it places a large share of the blame with the New Orleans Police Department. The report, "In Harm's Way," accuses New Orleans police of harassing suspected sex workers so aggressively that they have undermined efforts by public health workers to treat HIV/AIDS patients.

    17 December 2013 | Mother Jones
  • Key players: Search for evidence in anti-Aids fight

    African governments should 'hunt' for and adopt evidence appropriate in the fight against HIV/Aids - relating to key populations forgotten in the Aids response in Africa.

    16 December 2013 | IPP Media
  • When fear of being criminalized locks out healthcare

    Drug users will avoid a needle exchange programme if they spot a police car cruising nearby, and sex workers will readily toss their condoms in the trash if they risk getting arrested for soliciting. Around the world, the most marginalized groups in society – from Roma to HIV-positive people to sex workers to drug users – are reluctant to access basic health services because they fear arrest, intimidation and harassment.

    28 November 2013 | IRIN
  • Ahead of World AIDS Day 2013 UNAIDS reports sustained progress in the AIDS response

    Accelerated progress has been reported in most parts of the world. However, there are worrying signs that some regions and countries are not on track to meet global targets and commitments on HIV. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) reports that new HIV infections have been on the rise in Eastern Europe and Central Asia by 13% since 2006. The Middle East and North Africa has seen a doubling of new HIV infections since 2001.

    20 November 2013 | UNAIDS
  • A journey to the heart of Africa’s Aids epidemic

    It is two years since scientists declared the ‘beginning of the end’ for Aids. So has their optimism been justified? Jeremy Laurance embarked on a five-week, 5,000-kilometre journey through Africa to test the claims. In the first part of a week-long series, he travels to the place where it all began

    18 November 2013 | The Independent
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