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Four Laws That Are Devastating Public Health in Uganda

In the past year Uganda has passed four laws which defy public health principles and show blatant disregard for dignity and human rights. These laws target individuals who are already marginalized by society and most in need of health services and support: people who sell sex to make ends meet for their families; LGBTI people living in fear of community violence; people hiding their HIV medication from their own families; and people struggling to manage drug dependence and other illnesses. Perhaps most harmful of all, parts of Ugandan society are interpreting these laws to justify violence and exclusion.

Published
17 December 2014
From
Open Society Foundation
PrEP and sex shaming

Within our communities there is a rich seam of disapproval of other people’s sex lives. You hear it in the stigmatisation of gay men living with HIV and I see similar corrosive language used to describe PrEP.

Published
09 December 2014
From
GMFA
Rosemary Namubiru is free: A case of reckless, negligent reporting continues

It remains tragically ironic that a case which the appeals court judge insisted “was about reckless, negligent behavior on the part of health care providers,” remains the object of reckless, negligent behavior on the part of news reporters.

Published
03 December 2014
From
Science Speaks
Highest global rise in HIV and AIDS reported in Middle East

Rates of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths are rising faster in the Middle East and North Africa than anywhere else globally. As the world marks World AIDS Day, experts warn that cultural stigmatization and punitive legal regimes mean many patients are left in the shadows unable to access treatment and support, leading to unnecessary loss of life and increasing transmission risks.

Published
03 December 2014
From
Middle East Eye
Uganda: ‘HIV nurse’ Rosemary Namubiru loses appeal, released from prison after almost a year

The High Court in Kampala has rejected an appeal from Rosemary Namubiru, who was convicted in May 2014 for negligently exposing a child to HIV during a needlestick injury. However, Justice Rugadya Atwooki found that her original three year sentence was excessive.

Published
28 November 2014
From
HIV Justice Network
Yemen: HIV Patients Denied Health Care

Human Rights Watch spoke to seven HIV-positive individuals in Yemen who said that they had been repeatedly refused treatment once medical staff found out their HIV status. Six health workers told Human Rights Watch they believed such discrimination was common in state-run healthcare facilities.

Published
04 November 2014
From
Human Rights Watch
Pat Robertson, Medical Expert: 'The Towels Might Have AIDS'

On a recent episode of The 700 Club, television's premier destination for religious bigotry since 1966, Robertson advised a viewer that while the chances of contracting Ebola in Kenya are slim, travelers should beware of AIDS-ridden towels. What? Yes.

Published
31 October 2014
From
Poz
New Zealand: Survey shows HIV stigma remains rife

New research shows that while most people are educated about HIV transmission, stigma is rampant, with nearly a quarter of New Zealanders surveyed saying they would be uncomfortable being friends with someone with HIV.

Published
31 October 2014
From
Gay NZ
Acting Up for Ebola: International HIV Activists Launch Solidarity Call

"We need an ACT UP for Ebola. Act Up, Fight Back, Fight Ebola!" That message, shared via the Internet with increasing hourly frequency in recent days among seasoned AIDS activists, has captured a growing sense of urgency for movement-level activism to address what some call AIDS on steroids -- the fast-moving, deadly Ebola epidemic.

Published
27 October 2014
From
The Body
In Ebola fear, a familiar whiff of paranoia

Stigmatization, dread of contagion, and moral panic: the parallels between Ebola and the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic are striking.

Published
16 October 2014
From
Washington Post
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