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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
From
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
From
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
From
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
From
BBC News
A Dating App For HIV-Positive People Leaked Sensitive Data

More than 5,000 members of Hzone may have had their personal information compromised thanks to an unsecured database.

Published
15 December 2015
From
BuzzFeed
Couples HIV testing during antenatal care: a good idea?

Most antenatal clinics in Uganda request that pregnant women attend with their husbands, to try and persuade both to have HIV counselling and testing. Although it’s good to encourage men to be responsible partners, and pregnancy should not be viewed as a woman’s affair alone, Uganda’s policy provokes some important questions that need answering. Does the current healthcare approach allow women an opportunity to exercise their right in decision making on whether they should take a test or not? Is the woman’s consent sought about whether she is comfortable with being tested with her partner?

Published
14 December 2015
From
Key Correspondents
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