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Home Office scraps scheme that used NHS data to track migrants

The Home Office has abandoned a controversial “hostile environment” scheme using NHS data to track down patients believed to be breaching immigration rules. In the face of a legal challenge brought by the Migrants’ Rights Network, a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health, NHS Digital and the Home Office is being scrapped.

Published
12 November 2018
From
The Guardian
STEPS V: HIV cure community workshop in Glasgow

STEPS, a community initiative to design the pathway to a long-term remission of HIV infection, has reached its 5th edition in Glasgow. This year the theme of the meeting that was held just before the opening of the HIV Drug Therapy Congress was ‘socio-behavioural science and ethics around HIV cure research’.

Published
01 November 2018
From
EATG
In Miami, A Potential HIV Outbreak Under a Highway Underpass Raises Ethical Questions

Florida’s only legalized syringe access program found 11 people who tested positive for HIV within a six-month period this year. In the city of Miami, where one out of every 85 adults has HIV, the new infections may or may not constitute an outbreak. This is the subject of a local, active public health investigation that utilizes the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s molecular surveillance system.

Published
23 October 2018
From
AIDS United
HIV-positive man, 44, who is branded a 'danger to women' after not telling partners he has condition must inform police 24 hours before he has sex

He must contact officers and provide the details of each woman he plans on having sex with so police can warn them about his condition and is banned from inviting any women into his home unless he calls police first.

Published
12 October 2018
From
Daily Mail
Vancouver man charged with ignoring medical health officer's orders for HIV treatment

Authorities have taken the unprecedented step of charging a Vancouver man under the province's Public Health Act for allegedly refusing to comply with a medical health officer's orders for HIV treatment.

Published
24 August 2018
From
CBC.ca
Will the Genetic Analysis–Based HIV Surveillance Safeguard Privacy?

The CDC is beginning to use molecular surveillance of HIV to identify transmission clusters, which has some privacy advocates concerned.

Published
14 August 2018
From
Poz
Outcry in Uganda over compulsory HIV test

Uganda wants to begin compulsory HIV/AIDS testing of students due to the rising number of new infections. The proposal has raised concerns over privacy.

Published
02 August 2018
From
Deutsche Welle
UNAIDS welcomes establishment of an Independent Expert Panel on addressing and preventing harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power

Following the call by the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, for an external high-level independent panel to provide recommendations to UNAIDS to further strengthen implementation of its zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment, the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board agreed to create an Independent Expert Panel.

Published
22 July 2018
From
UNAIDS
Data on Thousands With HIV Left on Unprotected Computer Server

These Tennesseans “are scared to death that their family and friends are going to find out they are positive.”

Published
18 July 2018
From
Poz
Federal jury awards HIV patient $18.4 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

A federal jury in Boston on Monday awarded $18.4 million in damages to a man who alleged that two of his former physicians failed to test him for HIV despite risk factors that made him more vulnerable to contracting the disease.

Published
20 June 2018
From
The Boston Globe
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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