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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
  • Oral History: Bittersweet Memories Of A Cuban HIV Sanitarium

    Back in the 1990s, Cuba created a network of sanitariums, where people with HIV were confined indefinitely. It sounds barbaric, but as former patient Eduardo Martinez’s recollections reveal, it’s complicated. Life in the sanitariums was so much better than outside that some people purposely infected themselves with HIV.

    24 March 2016 | WBUR
  • Free ARVs are not enough: the hidden costs of treating HIV in Nigeria

    The Nigerian government’s decision to provide antiretrovirals freely as part of HIV programmes at the country’s health facilities has dramatically improved the uptake of treatment. But it has not been enough to eliminate the high and sometimes inequitable economic burden of HIV/AIDS on households. Exorbitant food and transport costs, as well as the costs of illnesses linked to HIV, hinder full access to treatment services. Households end up having to fork out money they don’t necessarily have.

    15 March 2016 | The Conversation
  • Decriminalising drugs is not just talk – meet the countries actually experimenting with it

    Faced with a mountain of human rights abuses caused by criminalising people who use drugs, some states are turning their backs on punitive approaches. But where can they turn to?

    15 March 2016 | Open Democracy
  • Diplomacy or denialism: World leaders heading towards monumental failure in tackling global drug problem at UN summit

    Over 200 civil society groups from all over the world have today released a statement condemning governments for failing to acknowledge the devastating consequences of punitive and repressive drug policies as they prepare for a UN summit on the issue next month.

    14 March 2016 | IDPC
  • The Man Who Was Wrongly Labeled As HIV's 'Patient Zero'

    Flight attendant Gaetan Dugas couldn’t have started the epidemic in the 1980s, because the virus had already been around in the U.S. since the early 1970s, beginning in New York City in 1970 — likely coming from someone who had caught the virus in Haiti or a nearby country — and then spreading to San Francisco by 1975.

    08 March 2016 | New York Magazine
  • Nancy Reagan refused to help dying Rock Hudson get Aids treatment

    Film star’s appeal to US first lady, an old friend, was rejected because Aids was seen as gay disease, say critics of administration’s record.

    07 March 2016 | The Guardian
  • Outflanking the war on drugs?

    In April, the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) will adopt a consensus position on drug control, but few are expecting a shake-up to the current, conservative, global framework. However there are some other hopes for change.

    03 March 2016 | IRIN
  • Survey: Africans are generally very tolerant, but just not of gay people

    Despite having the most progressive laws on the continent, South Africa has been named only the second most tolerant African country when it comes to homosexuality. A massive survey released by Afrobarometer has revealed that Cape Verde takes the honour, with 75% of its people liking or not minding having homosexual neighbours. It found that Africans generally express high degrees of tolerance for people from different ethnic groups, people of different religions, immigrants, and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) – with the major exception of homosexuals.

    02 March 2016 | Mamba Online
  • Dumbing Down Treatment Decisions, Part Two

    Bob Leahy say there are wrong decisions made - both regarding treatment and prevention - all the time. But how do we help our most vulnerable who face barriers to good decision-making avoid them?

    02 March 2016 | Positive Lite
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