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US: County health officials get court order to stop HIV-infected man

To stop a man with HIV who has infected eight other people in the last four years, public health officials have sought court enforcement of its order requiring him to attend counseling and treatment sessions.

Published
15 September 2014
From
Seattle Times
Option B+: In obstacle courses to lifelong antiretroviral treatment, hurdles are higher for pregnant women, study says

Work conflicts, hidden HIV status, and bad treatment by staff are among the hurdles keeping women living with HIV from continuing antiretroviral treatment for life following childbirth, according to a article published last month ahead of print in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Published
09 July 2014
From
Science Speaks
Data sharing: HIV status and confidentiality

Dr William Ford-Young explains that confidentiality around HIV is still a concern in the NHS

Published
27 June 2014
From
GP Online
The changing tide in Uganda's HIV control

Less than a decade ago, HIV-prevention work in Uganda was hailed as an example to other African nations. Proposed legislation might, however, erode the advances made, Talha Burki reports.

Published
23 June 2014
From
The Lancet Infectious Diseases (free registration required)
NHS patient data audit uncovers 'significant lapses' in confidentiality

The NHS body charged with safeguarding confidential health data has announced a rolling programme of spot checks on companies, charities, universities and government bodies that have received medical records after an investigation uncovered "significant lapses" in protecting patient confidentiality.

Published
18 June 2014
From
The Guardian
Judge Gives HIV Dating Website a Break

Online daters failed to show that SuccessfulMatch.com misled them into believing their HIV and STD statuses would remain private, a federal judge ruled.

Published
24 April 2014
From
Courthouse News Service
Ugandan Health Workers Could Become Front-Line Enforcers Of Anti-Homosexuality Act

Updated draft guidelines propose to let health workers break confidentiality of LGBT patients when “a person has been sodomized” or in cases of “aggravated homosexuality.”

Published
24 April 2014
From
BuzzFeed
Why Russia is Heading Toward an HIV Crisis and Privacy Disaster

Russian lawmakers are said to be moving on a bill that would mandate every citizen living with HIV/AIDS must submit to fingerprint data collection, a worrying turn of events in a country that is already seeing the damages of a disastrous HIV policy.

Published
23 April 2014
From
Care2.com
HIV-infected people may face obligatory fingerprinting in Russia

A new bill prepared by a nationalist MP and approved by federal ministries proposes the introduction of obligatory fingerprinting for all people with dangerous diseases, including HIV, and the creation of a national database.

Published
17 April 2014
From
Russia Today
United Healthcare To Allow HIV/AIDS Patients to "Opt-Out" of Mail-Order Prescriptions

United Healthcare, the United States' largest health insurer, will allow patients with HIV or AIDS who have privacy or delivery concerns, or who have difficulty discussing their HIV medications over the phone, to obtain their medications from an in-network retail pharmacy rather than by mail order.

Published
01 April 2014
From
Consumer Watchdog
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