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Flat funding, harsh laws could hurt Uganda’s battle against HIV

nadequate funding coupled with harsh laws targeting same sex unions could erode the gains so far made in the fight against HIV in Uganda, activists warn. While the Anti-Homosexuality Act is already in force, activists have expressed fears that the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill 2014 - passed by parliament on 13 May and stipulating fines and jail terms of up to 10 years for those found guilty of “willful and intentional” transmission but still awaiting presidential assent - could stigmatize those with the virus and restrict access to health.

Published
05 February 2016
From
IRIN News
Man sacked for being gay and HIV-positive awarded damages in landmark case

A man has been awarded damages in Austria after being dismissed from a new job for being gay and HIV positive. The state of Tyrol was made to pay the man €35,000 in damages, after he was dismissed from the job during a trial period after revealing his HIV status and sexual orientation.

Published
05 February 2016
From
Pink News
HIV-Positive Man Mistakenly Denied Tourist Visa To Australia

A Scandinavian man who has been visiting Australia every year for 22 years was denied a tourist visa because he is living with HIV.

Published
03 February 2016
From
Star Observer
Israeli army to allow HIV positive recruits

HIV-positive Israelis will be conscripted into the military for the first time, the army said Wednesday, a move welcomed by gay rights groups as an important step against discrimination.

Published
03 December 2015
From
Yahoo News
Human Dignity Trust launches Criminalisation in the Commonwealth 2015 report

Ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2015 in Malta (27-29 November), the Human Dignity Trust, in association with the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, has prepared an expansive report on the extent and the pernicious consequences of the criminalisation of homosexuality within the Commonwealth.

Published
26 November 2015
From
Human Dignity Trust
HIV crisis worsened by anti-gay laws in Commonwealth countries, report warns

The persecution of millions of people in Commonwealth countries where homosexuality is a criminal offence is worsening the Aids crisis, warns a major report produced for David Cameron.

Published
23 November 2015
From
The Independent
The Catch-22 of Disclosing Your HIV Status

During his headline-grabbing TV interview yesterday, Charlie Sheen said he was blackmailed by some people after he disclosed his HIV status. In fact, many people living with HIV have experienced similar negative reactions when they disclose: blackmail, threats of criminal prosecution, unwanted disclosure of HIV status, and physical violence. Paul Kidd writes.

Published
19 November 2015
From
Star Observer
Kenya: MPs throw out proposal to punish gays with death

A Kenyan parliamentary team has thrown out a proposal to have a law prescribing death by public stoning to anybody found participating in homosexual acts. The Justic and Legal Affairs Committee argued that the Constitution not only establishes that the family is the natural and fundamental unit of society, but is forthright that Article 45 provides that every adult has the right to marry a person of the opposite sex. “These provisions adequately protect the family values that apply in our democracy,” it concluded.

Published
17 November 2015
From
Daily Nation
How do we maximise global HIV treatment access? IAPAC Care Continuum Guidelines make recommendations

IAPAC, the International Association of Practitioners in AIDS Care, has issued a set of guidelines that aims to establish a common set of best practices to ensure

Published
09 November 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Calling HIV 'Loathsome,' Judge Rules for Model Used in HIV Ad

The model's face appeared in an HIV campaign without her permission.

Published
06 November 2015
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Poz magazine news
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