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Risks vs rewards: why people with HIV volunteer for 'cure' research

A recent survey of people living with HIV in the United Kingdom found that more than half would participate in a clinical study to develop a cure for HIV, despite this posing a risk to their health. Why would someone choose to do this?

Published
24 June 2015
From
The Conversation
Kenya HIV activists want data destroyed

Human rights activists have gone to court to get Kenya's government to destroy data which lists children who are HIV positive.

Published
19 June 2015
From
BBC
When to START has never been clearer

Posirtive Lite editor Bob Leahy in conversation with CATIE’s Sean Hosein about START, the important and ground-breaking study that recently provided definitive evidence of the health benefits of starting HIV treatment sooner rather than later.

Published
10 June 2015
From
Positive Lite
Maligned Study on Gay Unions Is Shaking Trust

In 2012, as same-sex marriage advocates were working to build support in California, Michael LaCour, a political science researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, asked a critical question: Can canvassers with a personal stake in an issue — in this case, gay men and women — actually sway voters’ opinions in a lasting way? Last week, their finding that gay canvassers were in fact powerfully persuasive with people who had voted against same-sex marriage — published in December in Science, one of the world’s leading scientific journals — collapsed amid accusations that Mr. LaCour had misrepresented his study methods and lacked the evidence to back up his findings.

Published
26 May 2015
From
New York Times
Publishing HIV sufferers’ identities not permitted, says Greek committee

The government on Tuesday officially repealed a controversial legal provision that was issued three years ago “to curb the spread of infectious diseases” but was widely condemned for stigmatizing women with HIV, particularly prostitutes, as it allowed their details to be made public.

Published
27 April 2015
From
Kathimerini
Policy of Mandatory HIV Testing of Sex Workers Repealed in Greece

According to a report at Human Rights Watch (HRW), Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, on the 2nd of April, repealed the health regulation used to justify roundups and forced HIV testing of people alleged to be sex workers.

Published
15 April 2015
From
Global Network of Sex Work Projects
Czech human rights advocates up in arms over proposal to make HIV testing compulsory for high-risk groups

The Czech Health Ministry is pushing a proposed amendment to the law on public health which would make HIV testing compulsory for some people in high risk groups. While the ministry argues that this is to curb the spread of the disease and ensure early treatment, human rights advocates say it would mean a serious breach of human rights.

Published
09 April 2015
From
Radio Prague
Failed Trial in Africa Raises Questions About How to Test HIV Drugs

The failure of the VOICE trial of H.I.V.-prevention methods in Africa — and the elaborate deceptions employed by the women in it — have opened an ethical debate about how to run such studies in poor countries and have already changed the design of some that are now underway.

Published
05 February 2015
From
New York Times
Many HIV-positive people’s understanding of the law on HIV transmission is “weak and patchy”

Many people living with HIV in England have a limited understanding of the law which leaves them either at risk of prosecution for HIV transmission or with

Published
21 January 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Farming Village in Cambodia Grieves as Hundreds Learn They Have HIV

Ms. Mao, 55, is among more than 200 villagers in this rice farming community in western Cambodia who tested positive for H.I.V. last month. The Cambodian authorities say that an unlicensed doctor who reused syringes and other medical equipment spread the infection. Even in a country inured to hardship and suffering, the infection of such a large number of people within a radius of a few miles was shocking.

Published
20 January 2015
From
New York Times
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