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US: Immigrant Women Face Many Barriers to HIV Testing and Care

Immigrant women living with HIV often juggle multiple identities, all of which are the target of discrimination and stigma: HIV status, female gender, person of color, foreign accent and/or poor command of English. Many also come from countries with a high prevalence of HIV and/or have experienced trauma and abuse during their journey to the U.S. These disadvantages are compounded by policies that prevent immigrants' access to health insurance, fear of immigration enforcement, low socio-economic status and cultural belief systems that may be at odds with mainstream U.S. health care practices.

Published
03 January 2017
From
The Body
The Lancet: Migrants screened for active tuberculosis pose negligible risk of spreading infection but can still get disease later

Tuberculosis incidence in the UK has declined over the past four years, with fewer numbers of new migrants diagnosed with the disease. A new study, published in The Lancet finds that migrants arriving on visas to the UK from countries at high risk of TB and who were pre-screened for TB, pose a negligible risk of onwards infection, despite being at increased risk of developing TB themselves.

Published
13 October 2016
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Nigel Farage defends policy of banning migrants with HIV from UK

Nigel Farage has defended his policy of rejecting migrants with HIV from coming into the UK, saying Britain should “put our own people first”.

Published
12 June 2016
From
The Independent
NAT reaction to the Queen’s Speech 2016

At the State Opening of Parliament today, the Queen announced a Bill “to ensure that overseas visitors pay for the health treatment they receive at public expense”. She also stated that proposals will be now be brought forward for a British Bill of Rights.

Published
18 May 2016
From
NAT
Migrant women face £6,000 birth bill under 'health tourism' laws

Charities say undocumented women have to make difficult choices about accessing maternity care because of crippling NHS fees.

Published
04 February 2016
From
The Guardian
EU countries advised to prepare for health threats from refugees

A report by the EU’s disease prevention agency says the risk of Europeans being affected by infectious diseases brought by refugees remains low, but recommends that countries should be prepared to respond to such health threats.

Published
11 January 2016
From
EurActiv
Department of Heath launches consultation on health charges for 'visitors and migrants' in England

The Department of Health has announced its public consultation on Government proposals to charge visitors and migrants for health services received through the NHS in England.

Published
08 December 2015
From
Migrants' Rights Network
For African migrants in Europe, destitution shapes sexual behaviour and HIV risk

For African migrants recently arrived in France, periods without a residence permit, secure housing or enough money are very common and are associated with transactional and casual

Published
01 December 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Overseas patients face charges for emergency healthcare

Some foreign patients could be charged for emergency treatment or for calling out an ambulance under new government plans for England.

Published
02 November 2015
From
BBC
The majority of migrants living with HIV in Europe may have acquired HIV in their new country

A study presented at the 15th European AIDS Conference yesterday found evidence that the majority of migrants living with HIV in Europe, and who were diagnosed less than

Published
23 October 2015
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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