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Maligned Study on Gay Unions Is Shaking Trust

In 2012, as same-sex marriage advocates were working to build support in California, Michael LaCour, a political science researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, asked a critical question: Can canvassers with a personal stake in an issue — in this case, gay men and women — actually sway voters’ opinions in a lasting way? Last week, their finding that gay canvassers were in fact powerfully persuasive with people who had voted against same-sex marriage — published in December in Science, one of the world’s leading scientific journals — collapsed amid accusations that Mr. LaCour had misrepresented his study methods and lacked the evidence to back up his findings.

Published
26 May 2015
From
New York Times
Moscow police detain HIV activists over drug cost picket

Police in Moscow have briefly detained eight activists who picketed outside the presidential administration's headquarters to protest the high cost of HIV treatments in Russia.

Published
14 May 2015
From
Yahoo News
Moving Video Shows HIV-Positive Men Asking for PrEP Approval in Australia

The Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) has released a video online featuring Australian community leaders who are living with HIV delivering a powerful message: They would still be HIV negative today if PrEP had been available to them prior to their seroconversion. The video is part of the campaign #approvePrEPdownunder, which is hoping to pressure the Australian government to approve PrEP for use in Australia.

Published
11 May 2015
From
TheBody.com
What's So Controversial About AIDS Healthcare Foundation?

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), founded in 1987, is the largest, community-based HIV/AIDS medical care provider in United States, serving more than 413,000 clients across the world. It has recently been accused of a far-reaching kickback scheme that extended to 12 states, according to a lawsuit unsealed last week at a federal court in South Florida. But it also has a history of practices that have spurred controversy or raised ire with some in the HIV/AIDS community and government officials.

Published
20 April 2015
From
The Body
The Angry Fallout from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Scandal

Michael Weinstein, the polarizing and famously litigious head of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) just got a taste of his own medicine when a stunning Whistleblower lawsuit against AHF filed last year was unsealed and made public. The suit, brought by three former staffers who claim they were fired when they raised questions of financial impropriety, charges the agency with ten counts of defrauding the government, conspiracy, and a “multi-State kickback scheme”.

Published
10 April 2015
From
My Fabulous Disease
End stigmatizing language in tuberculosis research and practice

Traditional terms invoke metaphors of transgression and punishment rather than of dignity and cure. Phrases such as “treatment defaulter” and “initial defaulter” apply the moral judgment of loan nonpayment to describe patients who stop treatment or never start it. Other phrases, such as “tuberculosis suspect,” treat patients as if they had committed a crime.

Published
07 April 2015
From
EATG / BMJ
Nigel Farage's HIV claim criticised by leaders' debate rivals

Ukip leader used television debate to claim it costs £25,000 to treat each foreign patient with HIV, saying those born abroad account for 60% of diagnoses

Published
03 April 2015
From
The Guardian
Alert: Serbia is losing harm reduction

The situation with harm reduction in Serbia is getting increasingly alarming after withdrawal of the Global Fund. Three organizations doing HR programs in Serbia for more than a decade are struggling to maintain services. We want a different future for their beneficiaries. ""Please use your communication with donors to put Serbia back as eligible for funding the harm reduction programs - we keep knocking on closed doors. The EU is the biggest donor here and has no health programs whatsoever; as for other donors, we are ineligible whomever we approach, and keep losing on relevance to the calls,“ says Miodrag Atanasjevic, NGO Veza, Belgrade, Serbia.

Published
02 April 2015
From
Eurasian Harm Reduction Network
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.

Published
01 April 2015
From
EATG
Meet Britain’s First HIV-Positive Parliamentary Candidate

In a poignant interview, Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Lib Dem candidate for Vauxhall, reveals the extraordinary, harrowing story of how he contracted the virus, and explains why he felt so compelled to speak out.

Published
31 March 2015
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