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Young women treated in very early HIV infection stay HIV negative and preserve immune function

A group of young South African women who were diagnosed in very early infection and immediately given antiretroviral therapy (ART) preserved their CD4 counts and the function

Published
18 July 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Domestic Workers in Uganda Coerced Into HIV, STI Screenings

In Uganda, its common to bring women into households to help with chores such as cleaning, cooking and childcare. Yet many say that they have been coerced into undergoing screenings for HIV and sexually transmitted infections. Advocates say the testing is a harbinger of discrimination and even sexual exploitation.

Published
22 June 2016
From
Voice of America
Zimbabwe: Mandatory HIV testing for kids ill-conceived

The decision by the Harare Municipality to embark on a mandatory HIV testing of pupils in all council-run primary schools as part of a health education, is ill-conceived and could entrench stigma and traumatise those suspected to be infected.

Published
24 May 2016
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The Herald
London HIV clinic fined £180,000 for revealing service users' names

Staff error meant anyone receiving 56 Dean Street’s HIV clinic newsletter could see email addresses of all other recipients.

Published
09 May 2016
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The Guardian
Do ethicists hinder HIV prevention research?

Ethics panels may be hindering HIV prevention efforts by requiring gay and bisexual adolescents to get parental consent before taking part in research, experts suggest.

Published
21 April 2016
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Reuters
Oral History: Bittersweet Memories Of A Cuban HIV Sanitarium

Back in the 1990s, Cuba created a network of sanitariums, where people with HIV were confined indefinitely. It sounds barbaric, but as former patient Eduardo Martinez’s recollections reveal, it’s complicated. Life in the sanitariums was so much better than outside that some people purposely infected themselves with HIV.

Published
24 March 2016
From
WBUR
People Are So Desperate For The Drug That Blocks HIV They're “Cheating” The NHS

It’s called “clinic hopping” and involves lying to doctors to get the drug Truvada. Those involved spoke to BuzzFeed News about the lengths they’ll go to for PrEP – and why.

Published
04 February 2016
From
BuzzFeed News
Opt-out approach can boost HIV testing rates

A large randomised study in an emergency department in San Francisco clearly shows that an ‘opt-out’ approach to seeking consent for HIV testing can increase the number

Published
04 February 2016
By
Roger Pebody
The Path to Charlie Sheen's HIV Disclosure

To track the push and pull between Mr. Sheen and the media over several years — his condition flickering in and out of public view — is to see behind the veil of how celebrity secrets are kept hidden, and how they are ultimately disclosed.

Published
06 January 2016
From
New York Times
HIV clinic fined £250 for data breach

The Bloomsbury Patient Network provides information and support for people who are HIV-positive. But twice in 2014, staff emailed up to 200 members at a time without obscuring other patients' email addresses.

Published
21 December 2015
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BBC News
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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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