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“I have HIV, now what?” Tracking cookies found on NHS advice pages

Invasive tracking technology been covertly installed on more than a dozen NHS landing pages about sensitive medical conditions, new research has revealed.

20 March 2019
New Statesman
CDC Explains and Defends Molecular Surveillance System

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used part of a plenary session at the March 4-7 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle to explain and defend the agency's molecular surveillance program. The presentation was given by Alexandra Oster, M.D., a medical epidemiologist who has worked on this research for the CDC for over ten years. Oster began her presentation by arguing that cluster detection and response can help bring the nation closer to ending the HIV epidemic by allowing us to identify when HIV is being transmitted rapidly, and when public health can step in to stop transmission.

19 March 2019
The Body
HIV-positive participant in vaccine study passes virus to sexual partner during treatment interruption

An HIV-positive man transmitted HIV to his sexual partner after interrupting antiretroviral therapy as part of a research study into a therapeutic vaccine, French scientists reported in

01 March 2019
Roger Pebody
Kentucky man accused of Singapore HIV data leak jailed in US

A Kentucky man accused by the Singapore government of stealing a database of HIV patients has been jailed in the U.S. on federal charges of illegally possessing Singaporean identification documents.

28 February 2019
Yahoo News UK
US charges man accused of Singapore HIV data leak

An American man accused of leaking data of thousands of HIV-positive people in Singapore has been charged in the United States with possession and unlawful transfer of stolen documents, authorities said.

24 February 2019
France 24
Singapore data leak: ‘I reject any allegation MOH sought to cover up incident,’ says Gan Kim Yong

The Health Minister also gave more information on how the incident, which saw information affecting 14,200 with HIV leaked online, happened.

12 February 2019
Channel News Asia
An American hid his HIV status to survive in Singapore. Exposed, he allegedly punished thousands living with the virus.

Singapore is accusing an American man of illegally accessing the state's HIV registry and disclosing the private information of thousands of people online. Prosecutors say he was abetted by his Singaporean partner, who allegedly helped him falsify his own blood tests when he was living and working in the Southeast Asian country.

04 February 2019
Washington Post
Why does Singapore need an HIV registry?

In the wake of the data leak of 14,200 HIV-positive people, some have questioned the need for such data to be collected and stored, but some medical professionals told Channel NewsAsia the registry remains relevant.

01 February 2019
Channel NewsAsia
'It's very traumatic': HIV-positive individuals anxious, frustrated after MOH data leak

On Monday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) revealed that the confidential information of these individuals was illegally leaked online.The information includes names, identification and phone numbers, addresses, HIV test results and medical information.

30 January 2019
Channel NewsAsia
LGBT+ people in Singapore 'more fearful' after HIV data leak

A major leak of the confidential data of 14,200 people with HIV in Singapore could hamper a fight against new infections among LGBT+ people in the city-state, campaigners said on Tuesday.

29 January 2019
Thomson Reuters Foundation
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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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