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Heightened HIV risk for people with disabilities

Inaccessible health services for people with disabilities (PWD), combined with social stigma and violence, contribute to high HIV risk - a gap that must be filled if the disabled are not to remain disproportionately vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, say health experts and activists.

Published
17 hours ago
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IRIN Plus News
Police must play role in preventing HIV among criminalised groups

Delegates at the 20th International AIDS conference are tackling the issue of law enforcement policies and practices that often undermine the efforts of public health officials to reduce HIV transmission.

Published
24 July 2014
From
Key Correspondents
In The HIV Response, Who is ‘Hard to Reach’?

We have found that it is not the individuals at risk of HIV infection who are hard to reach. It’s the politicians and policymakers who adopt ideological rather than evidence-based programs. But HIV researchers too seem to be hard to reach at times, failing to investigate political determinants of health, and the impact of laws, policies, and enforcement on HIV vulnerability and access to care.

Published
23 July 2014
From
Human Rights Watch
Globally, 1 in 12 MSM have been arrested for same-sex behaviour

Laws which criminalise homosexual behaviour – such as those recently passed by Nigeria and Uganda – are not just symbolic or rarely put into practice,

Published
23 July 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Decriminalization of sex work could reduce HIV infections

The decriminalization of sex work could significantly decrease global HIV infections among female sex workers, leading to a reduction of at least a third in three countries examined by researchers, according to a new study.

Published
22 July 2014
From
Washington Post
Defying Discrimination

The fact that people with HIV still have their civil rights violated is no surprise. But more people, like Muñoz, are fighting back in court—and they’re winning. Have you been discriminated against? Does it warrant a lawsuit? POZ talks with the experts and looks at three different cases to help you recognize HIV discrimination and prepare for a legal battle.

Published
04 July 2014
From
Poz
Employment: Two Ticks set for reform, as researchers call it ‘an empty shell’

The government’s “Two Ticks” scheme to recognise companies that encourage disabled people to apply for job vacancies is nothing more than an “empty shell” used as a public relations tool, according to new research.

Published
17 June 2014
From
Disability News Service
Homophobia in Russia Is Taking a Kafkaesque Turn

LGBT organizations declared foreign agents in one fell swoop, gays being blacklisted by banks, employers, and landlords—welcome to the new reality of being LGBT under Putin.

Published
10 June 2014
From
Daily Beast
Paul Semugoma: I have not been silenced

It has been years, but since then I have come to understand that fear and prejudice about our sexuality have stood like a range of mountains between us and prevention, care, and management of HIV. It is this prejudice that makes the provision of condoms and of lubricants for safer gay sex a criminal act.

Published
28 May 2014
From
International AIDS Society
National AIDS Trust comments on the Law Commission's Hate Crime Review

Yusef Azad, Director of Policy and Campaigns, NAT (National AIDS Trust) said: "Hate crime is an issue for people with HIV – it may be rare but we hear of vicious disclosure of someone’s HIV status on social media, or vandalism and graffiti against someone’s property, or verbal or physical assault simply because someone is living with this condition.  

Published
28 May 2014
From
NAT press release
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