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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
Looking for a Link Between Sexual Identity and Alcohol Use

A common perception held among researchers and lay-people alike is that alcohol plays a larger role in the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals than for people who identify as heterosexual. But to say that a larger percentage of LGB individuals drink more often, more heavily, and with greater negative consequences may be oversimplifying the facts.

Published
17 December 2014
From
BETA
Occasional heroin use may worsen HIV infection

Occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use, an international team of researchers reports.

Published
17 December 2014
From
Science Daily
Ukraine’s capital is facing an explosive TB epidemic

Kiev may be facing an unprecedented tuberculosis crisis. This is according to Larissa Kanarovskaya, the Head of the Kiev City Union of health workers. On December 1, 2014, at a press conference (a video in Russian can be seen here), she announced that on the average, 100 people die every day in Ukraine’s capital, of which one case is from active tuberculosis.

Published
17 December 2014
From
TB Europe Coalition
New HIV diagnoses in MSM in high-income countries

The UK and Australia have experienced recent all-time highs in new HIV diagnoses in MSM, however in Canada and New Zealand, diagnoses are stable. Tony Kirby reports.

Published
15 December 2014
From
The Lancet Infectious Diseases (requires free registration)
Condom rebrand vital to curb new HIV infections among Malawi’s youth

Condoms have become increasingly unpopular among young people in Malawi, contributing to high HIV transmission rates. In response, PSI have developed a new brand of condoms in a variety of colours and flavours.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Key Correspondents
Adolescents born with HIV must be told their status

Petronella Sampa Nsomfwa was born with HIV, but wasn't told of her status by her parents before they died. On the launch of a new report she calls on families to be open with their adolescent children about their HIV status.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Key Correspondents
UKIP forced to leave London offices after HIV activists dump horse s--t outside

UKIP has been kicked out their offices in Croydon, after a group of HIV activists dumped a pile of horse manure outside on World AIDS Day. The party’s local chairman Winston McKenzie announced yesterday to Steven Downes of Inside Croydon that the protest “was the last straw” for their office owners – and UKIP will have to find a new home.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Act Up press release
Harm reduction programs need more flexibility to work properly in Eastern Europe

Restrictive policies that can sometimes prevent people from keeping their jobs could be compromising the effectiveness of Global Fund-supported opioid substitution therapy programs across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, civil society representatives from around the region told Aidspan.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Aidspan
No new HIV infections seen among Kaiser PrEP users

No new HIV infections have occurred among more than 500 users of the Kaiser Permanente healthcare provider system in San Francisco in members using pre-exposure prophylaxis –

Published
15 December 2014
By
Liz Highleyman
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