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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
Blinded by Fear: How Politics Influenced Medical Policy in Greece

There is no one particular reason for Greece’s stringent policies on HIV. Rather, the combination of political power plays, economic instability, and societal fear planted the seeds for criminalization of the disease.

Published
10 December 2014
From
The Politic
Uganda: Fake HIV Results Trial Starts

A court in Mukono has started hearing the case where a woman is facing charges of negligence and bribery, after she allegedly falsified HIV results of an undercover intending 'bride'.

Published
05 December 2014
From
AllAfrica
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
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
Canada: Social media campaign ‘Think Twice’ uses video to ask gay men to reconsider pressing charges for HIV non-disclosure

Last week saw the launch of a new phase of a targeted social marketing campaign by AIDS ACTION NOW! (AAN) that features 42 short videos from members and allies of Toronto’s LGBTQI community.

Published
24 November 2014
From
HIV Justice Network
Consultation: Offences against the Person

A scoping consultation, exploring potential options for reforming the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. We ask whether future reform needs to deal with serious harm caused by infectious diseases either by codifying the current law (and resolving some uncertainties within it) or in some other way.

Published
12 November 2014
From
Law Commission
Suraj Madoori: Media-Driven Stigma Continues With New HIV Criminalization Case

Despite the immense progress made in the battle to destigmatize HIV and end HIV criminalization laws, the mainstream media is failing to catch up and join the fight. In some cases, the media's coverage of HIV criminalization becomes the source of stigma. A new case under an outdated HIV criminalization law in Illinois demonstrates the media's inability to handle sensitive information. But it also complicates the public health sector's efforts to destigmatize HIV among vulnerable communities.

Published
11 November 2014
From
Huffington Post
Can a Judge Order People to Take HIV Medication?

The story of a Seattle man with HIV who was ordered by a judge to attend medical visits has stirred HIV community anxiety about coerced treatment. But can people with HIV be mandated to take antiretroviral medication to reduce the likelihood that they will transmit the virus to their sex partners?

Published
05 November 2014
From
The Body
Charges Dropped in Nick Rhoades Iowa Criminalization Case

Prosecutors in Iowa have asked a judge to drop HIV criminalization charges against Nick Rhoades.

Published
09 October 2014
From
Poz magazine news
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