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How Sensationalist Media Coverage Hurts The Fight Against HIV

Significant steps have been taken in the fight against HIV/AIDS over the past several years, but media coverage of the issue all too often fixates on stories that sensationalize the spread of the disease and even encourage the criminalization of people with HIV.

Published
10 hours ago
From
Media Matters for America (blog)
Promiscuous Gay Nerd: A Competent, Inclusive Health Department is a Right, Not a Privilege

The health department is not the police. They are not the church. Their role is to prevent illness and monitor ongoing epidemics. Sexually active people, gay or straight, in all parts of the country, should be able to go to the health department and be treated like human beings with legitimate sexual practices and health needs—that’s a right, not a privilege.

Published
28 March 2014
From
BETA blog
Why Africa is the most homophobic continent

As Uganda's president remains on the brink of ratifying savage new anti-gay laws, our Africa Correspondent reports on a continent at war with itself

Published
23 February 2014
From
The Observer
Uganda's Yoweri Museveni puts anti-gay legislation on hold

Yoweri Museveni challenges US scientists to advise on whether homosexuality is caused by nature or nurture

Published
23 February 2014
From
The Observer
Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Law Will Come at a Serious Cost

Uganda’s pending Anti-Homosexuality bill violates the country’s human rights obligations and is a barrier to advancing critical public health goals.Uganda’s international donor partners should clearly and publicly specify the consequences for relations with Uganda if the Anti-Homosexuality bill becomes law.

Published
21 February 2014
From
Human Rights Watch LGBT
HIV-Positive Nurse Tried by Media

Uganda’s first court case dealing with criminalization of HIV transmission could have far-reaching consequences. Rosemary Namubiru, a nurse, stands accused of exposing a child to HIV during the course of administering an injection. The incident incited a media firestorm, leading to Namubiru’s arrest and trumped-up charges of attempted murder.

Published
12 February 2014
From
AIDS Free World
HIV Denialists Testify at Criminal Trial of Georgia Man

Two medical professionals testified in court that a Georgia man accused of knowingly exposing women to HIV could not be found guilty because no test can prove conclusively that he—or anyone—has HIV. One suggested that the defendant's use of crack cocaine could have caused his HIV diagnosis.

Published
30 January 2014
From
Poz magazine news
Nigeria: Anti-Same Sex Marriage Act 2013 Not Problem to HIV Treatment - NACA

Director General of National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Prof. John Idoko, says no provision of the Anti-Same Sex Marriage Act will deny anybody access to HIV treatment.

Published
28 January 2014
From
AllAfrica
Taking one to tango: how restricting responsibility for safer sex to individuals hinders talking about safer sex

A discussion paper based on a Canadian project that invited HIV-negative and HIV-positive gay men to discuss anti-HIV stigma and sexual risk-taking concludes that ideas of “individual responsibility”

Published
28 January 2014
By
Gus Cairns
UNAIDS and the Global Fund express deep concern about the impact of a new law affecting the AIDS response and human rights of LGBT people in Nigeria

The new law further criminalizes LGBT people, organizations and activities. The law states, “A person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organisation, or directly or indirectly makes public show of same sex amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offence and is liable to conviction to a term of 10 years imprisonment.”

Published
14 January 2014
From
UNAIDS
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