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New UN guidelines to mainstream human rights in the global drugs debate

In early March, the Chief Executives Board of the United Nations, representing 31 UN agencies – including the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime – adopted a common position on drug policy. Among the actions agreed is was a commitment to “support the development and implementation of policies that put people, health and human rights at the centre … and to promote a rebalancing of drug policies and interventions towards public health approaches”.

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5 hours ago
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The Conversation
U=U is a human rights issue

Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) is a human rights issue, Dr Carrie Foote told the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2019) in Seattle last week. “All people

Published
12 March 2019
By
Krishen Samuel
India’s first LGBTQ clinic and HIV treatment centre inaugurated in Mumbai

Based out of the Humsafar Trust’s office jn Mumbai, the centre will give free counselling and provide Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) to the LGBTQ community. TAshok Row Kavi, founder chairperson of the Trust, said: “Until now we would get testing done for the community members at our centre. If tested positive for the disease, they would be asked to go to Sion Hospital, but there was a huge dropout (rate) there. Because of how the community is perceived outside, a lot of these people wouldn’t seek treatment."

Published
12 March 2019
From
Hindustan Times
UNAIDS urges action to change discriminatory laws in order to restore dignity and respect and save lives

On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS calls on countries to examine discriminatory provisions in their laws and policies and make positive changes to ensure equality, inclusion and protection

Published
01 March 2019
From
UNAIDS press release
Tackling HIV and hepatitis C in Europe: towards minimum standards

Despite the huge disparities in care that were highlighted, last week's Standard of Care for HIV and Coinfections in Europe meeting in Bucharest featured discussions that could form

Published
08 February 2019
By
Gus Cairns
Glimmers of hope: moving towards better HIV and TB treatment in eastern Europe

Eastern Europe continues to have one of the worst HIV epidemics in the world outside sub-Saharan Africa, with the worst linkage to care of any region in

Published
07 February 2019
By
Gus Cairns
Angola Decriminalizes Same-Sex Conduct

Angola has finally shed the divisive “vices against nature” provision in its law, widely interpreted to be a ban on homosexual conduct.

Published
25 January 2019
From
Human Rights Watch LGBT
Vigilante Raid on Indonesian HIV Group

This week a militant Islamist group in Indonesia raided the offices of an HIV prevention organization on suspicion that the group had been conducting “LGBT activities.” The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) was joined by Indonesian soldiers and local residents in an incident that follows a disturbing pattern of similar vigilante raids across Indonesia. 

Published
18 January 2019
From
Human Rights Watch LGBT
William Barr, Trump’s Attorney General Nominee, Held Immigrants in ‘HIV Prison Camp’

Under Attorney General William Barr, 310 Haitian immigrants became prisoners of the world’s first detention camp for refugees with HIV. Now, a key Democratic senator wants answers.

Published
17 January 2019
From
Daily Beast
Stigma, access and testing: why HIV is still rising in Europe

The latest annual surveillance report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that Europe maintains its distinction as the World Health

Published
11 December 2018
By
Gus Cairns
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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