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Anti-LGBTQ laws increase risk of HIV, drug use, and violence

Recently enacted laws in North Carolina and Mississippi and their impact on the rights of the LGBTQ community have brought to light a serious public health issue: an increased risk of HIV and gender-based violence. Laws such as these, as well as in other states, specifically exclude communities from protections against discrimination and create environments with gender inequality, stigmatization, and differential access to services. Together, this can lead to increased risk of violence.

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20 hours ago
From
The Hill (blog)
Ste talks to NAT (National AIDS Trust) about HIV and workplace discrimination

Interview with a man who has experienced workplace discrimination in relation to his HIV status.

Published
14 April 2016
From
You Tube
Turkmenistan Requires HIV Test for Marriage License Seekers

The law, which was reported by state-controlled media on Wednesday, implies that anyone found to be infected with the virus that is the precursor to AIDS would be denied a marriage license. The reports said the law was enacted "in order to create conditions for forming healthy families and avert the birth of HIV-infected children."

Published
07 April 2016
From
ABC News
No adverse social consequences from early ART initiation in West Africa

Early initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) does not have negative social consequences, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. Research involving patients in Côte d’Ivoire showed

Published
05 April 2016
By
Michael Carter
Survey: Africans are generally very tolerant, but just not of gay people

Despite having the most progressive laws on the continent, South Africa has been named only the second most tolerant African country when it comes to homosexuality. A massive survey released by Afrobarometer has revealed that Cape Verde takes the honour, with 75% of its people liking or not minding having homosexual neighbours. It found that Africans generally express high degrees of tolerance for people from different ethnic groups, people of different religions, immigrants, and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) – with the major exception of homosexuals.

Published
02 March 2016
From
Mamba Online
Petition: Stop the persecution of people with HIV in the Czech Republic!

NO PERSON WITH HIV BELONGS IN PRISON FOR HAVING SEX. Anyone living with HIV with undetectable viral load while taking treatment will not transmit the virus. This nonsense must stop immediately; it is both a grave violation of the fundamental rights of these persons, and completely counterproductive in the struggle against HIV/AIDS.

Published
16 February 2016
From
Change.org
Czech Republic: Prague Public Health Authority initiates criminal prosecutions of 30 gay men living with HIV following an STI diagnosis

Prague’s Public Health Authority initiated criminal investigations against 30 gay men living with HIV that had been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) during the previous year. The Public Health Authority appear to believe that since these men acquired an STI this is proof that they must have practiced condomless sex and have therefore violated criminal laws prohibiting any act of condomless sex (including oral sex) by a person living with HIV as “spread of infectious diseases”.

Published
16 February 2016
From
HIV Justice Network
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
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