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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
Spanish HIV Researcher Faces €210000 Fine Over Unauthorized Clinical Trial

A Spanish HIV/AIDS researcher is facing a hefty fine for violating clinical trial regulations. Vicente Soriano, a well-known clinical researcher with hundreds of publications to his name, is liable for €210,000 for conducting a clinical trial without approval from the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products, failing to obtain insurance for the trial, and informing participants he had his hospital's ethical approval when he did not.

Published
31 January 2014
From
Science
More to do on NHS confidentiality for people with HIV

The NHS needs to do more to tackle HIV-related stigma, lack of patient knowledge on the use of their personal data, and breaches of confidentiality.  These are key findings from a major new survey of the knowledge and views of people living with HIV.

Published
22 January 2014
From
NAT press release
NHS patient data to be made available for sale to drug and insurance firms

Drug and insurance companies will from later this year be able to buy information on patients – including mental health conditions and diseases such as cancer, as well as smoking and drinking habits – once a single English database of medical data has been created.

Published
20 January 2014
From
The Guardian
Pre-test HIV risk reduction counselling is not worth the money

A large US randomized control trial of the impact on STI risk of HIV risk reduction counselling in conjunction with the HIV test challenges the view that pre-test counselling constitutes an efficient use of limited resources – at least in the US setting.

Published
02 January 2014
From
BMJ
SF program pushes immediate HIV treatment for acute infection

A San Francisco program is aiming to get people newly diagnosed with acute HIV infection immediately into treatment - as in, taking antiretroviral drugs the same day they test positive.

Published
18 December 2013
From
San Francisco Chronicle
US: Local woman sues Kaiser Permanente over HIV test

A Clark County woman has filed a lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente for testing patients’ blood for human immunodeficiency virus without their knowledge or consent. She’s seeking to have the suit made into a class action.

Published
04 November 2013
From
The Columbian
Uganda: Men Hire Fake Husbands to Avoid HIV Test

The idea of mandatory testing is entrenched in the HIV and Aids Prevention Control Bill 2009. It provides in article 14: "A pregnant woman and her partner would be subjected to a routine HIV test to prevent transmission to the baby."

Published
04 November 2013
From
AllAfrica
CHLP Launches Expanded HIV Policy Resource Bank for People Living with HIV and their Advocates

The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP), a national leader in HIV law and policy, today re-launched its online HIV Policy Resource Bank. The free, online resource center now includes searchable state-specific summaries of the law on topics such as HIV, STI, and communicable/infections disease criminal laws; the right of minors to consent to HIV and STI-specific testing and care; and policies restricting the practices of HIV-positive health care workers in all 50 states.

Published
23 October 2013
From
Center for HIV Law and Policy press release
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