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HIV and immigration detention staff must jointly ensure good care in immigration removal centres

NAT and HIV clinicians at BHIVA have produced new guidance (last published in 2009) that supports staff in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) and local HIV services to deliver good care. This follows a report published yesterday, by the Home Affairs Select Committee, that raised grave concerns about access to healthcare for people held in IRCs.

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19 hours ago
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US Immigration Groups Want Data On HIV Asylum Seekers

It's been nearly a decade since the United States began allowing people with HIV from abroad to enter the country as immigrants. But the U.S. has never provided data on the number of HIV-positive refugees or asylum seekers admitted since the immigration law changed in 2010, despite efforts from groups including the Center for American Progress and Immigration Equality.

Published
18 March 2019
From
Gothamist
Mismatch between US infant feeding policies and the lived experience of HIV-positive women

US guidelines recommending that HIV-positive women feed their infants formula milk instead of breast milk create unique challenges for patients and healthcare providers alike, according to a mixed-methods

Published
26 February 2019
By
Krishen Samuel
'I came to Peru to survive': Venezuelans migrating for HIV drugs

Darwin Zerpa is among those who have fled to Peru to get the antiretrovirals he needs. Now he counsels others with the virus.

Published
24 February 2019
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The Guardian
Migrants wrongly told to pay for NHS care upfront, minister admits

Hospitals have wrongly told some migrants needing urgent care to pay for it in advance even though they qualified for free treatment on the NHS, the government has admitted for the first time.

Published
18 February 2019
From
The Guardian
How to Support African LGBTQ Immigrants at Risk for HIV in the U.S.

Migrants fleeing violence and persecution and seeking asylum in the U.S., and particularly LGBTQ migrants seeking asylum, come with histories of pre-migration trauma. Furthermore, many LGBTQ asylum seekers have migrated independently from family, experience stigma and discrimination from family and immigrant communities in the U.S., and have specific needs for trauma-informed health care, targeted social services, and community-building.

Published
23 January 2019
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The Body Pro
Australia will never be HIV-free if access to prevention requires a medicare card

My research shows newly arrived Asian-born gay and bisexual men are four times more likely to become HIV positive in the four years after arriving in Australia compared to their local peers. Temporary visa holders are not eligible for Medicare, but to access PrEP or HIV treatment cheaply in Australia you need a Medicare card.

Published
23 January 2019
From
The Conversation
WHO: Refugees, migrants pose low infectious disease risk

WHO showed in a new report that migrants and refugees in Europe “are likely to have good general health,” and there is “very low risk” that they will spread communicable diseases in their host country. However, the population is at a higher risk of becoming ill because of poor living conditions or adjustments to a new lifestyle.

Published
23 January 2019
From
Healio
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
Location inherently linked to unsuppressed viral load among young South African women

Multiple partners, migration, and living in an HIV ‘hotspot’ have been identified as key drivers of unsuppressed viral load among young women living with HIV in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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04 January 2019
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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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