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God and condoms: perspectives on family planning and faith

The subject of contraception is a hot topic in faith communities, which made for some exciting discussions at the recent International Conference on Family Planning in Indonesia. The conference heard that contrary to popular belief, many faith-based organisations do support family planning as a process that helps improve people’s quality of life. For the first time, around 80 representatives from different faith groups attending the conference spoke of their commitment to continue informing and educating their communities on family planning. The consensus was that it is consistent with faith values, in order to protect the rights of women, children and families.

Published
05 February 2016
From
Key Correspondents
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
Prison needle programs touted to reduce HIV and Hep C

Researchers hope new government's "evidence-based" outlook will open door for safe injection programs in Canadian jails.

Published
03 February 2016
From
Toronto Star
Chemsex is here to stay

The media is not demonising gay people; it is reporting something that is becoming rife within the gay community. Those who are not comfortable with it perhaps should take an honest look at themselves, as it seems the truth always lies among the many cracks in our soul.

Published
03 February 2016
From
FS Magazine
Examining the Implications of PrEP as HIV Prevention for Sex Workers

PrEP raises important challenges in the context of female sex work.

Published
01 February 2016
From
Institute of Development Studies
Criminal laws on HIV transmission make little difference to sexual behaviour – or may make condomless sex more likely

A study comparing the sexual behaviour of American gay men living in states with or without laws that criminalise HIV transmission has found very little variation by

Published
01 February 2016
By
Roger Pebody
For African women with HIV, not breastfeeding is not easy

Healthcare providers need to understand that for HIV-positive African women, following advice not to breastfeed in order to protect their babies from the virus takes a high emotional toll, a U.K. study suggests.

Published
29 January 2016
From
Reuters
PEPFAR's Dr Deborah Birx urges sharper focus to halt HIV globally

To protect and extend the significant progress made against the HIV/AIDS epidemic globally, policymakers and funders must target specific high-risk populations, especially young women in sub-Saharan Africa, according to U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, who oversees the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Published
27 January 2016
From
Fogarty International Center
Here's Free Info on PrEP Specifically for Trans Women and Men

Project Inform and Outshine NW explain why they created the free PrEP booklets, which you can download or order.

Published
26 January 2016
From
Poz magazine news
How the War in Ukraine Is Causing a Rise in HIV Infections

According to data from the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation, between January and November 2015, more than 13,000 cases of infection have been recorded in Ukraine. An uptick connected to the failure of the Health System, the destruction of medical buildings, and the shutting down of assistance programs for HIV positive people. On top of those factors, the deterioration of the economic situation in the country and the 300 percent devaluation of the Ukrainian currency, a fall of 25 percent has been registered in the purchase and distribution of condoms in 2014.

Published
26 January 2016
From
VICE
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