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U.S. Support of Gay Rights in Africa May Have Done More Harm Than Good

Four years ago, the American government embarked on an ambitious campaign to expand civil rights for gay people overseas by marshaling its diplomats, directing its foreign aid and deploying President Obama to speak before hostile audiences. America’s money and public diplomacy have opened conversations and opportunities in societies where the subject was taboo just a few years ago. But they have also made gay men and lesbians more visible — and more vulnerable to harassment and violence, people on both sides of the gay rights issue contend.

Published
21 December 2015
From
New York Times
Does sex education exclude young gay people?

How can teachers deliver inclusive sex and relationships education addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils' needs? "One of the most frequent things schools say to me is that they don't have any gay pupils," says Gavin Boyd, education equality officer for the Rainbow Project, which works to promote the health and wellbeing of gay, bisexual and non-heterosexual men in Belfast and Derry. "There's a cavalier attitude, especially among young people, that you tend not to die from Aids any more, so it's seen as a manageable condition," he explains. If young people don't have the chance to openly discuss the implications of risky behaviours, he adds, they can't make informed decisions about their sexual choices.

Published
19 December 2015
From
The Guardian
South Africa fails to put sexual health policy into practice

In South Africa, 15% of young women and 5% of young men aged 15 to 24 are HIV positive and 50% of new HIV infections are detected in people under 29.Vuyiseka Dubula, general secretary of Treatment Action Campaign, blames poor access to contraception and HIV testing. She says sex education has been greatly improved in recent years, but schools must go further by making condoms and health advice available on site.

Published
19 December 2015
From
The Guardian
Women PrEPare

A new report looking at the findings and evaluation of the Women PrEPare workshop that took place in London in July 2015, bringing together 30 women living with HIV from around the UK to look at HIV treatment and its use in prevention and how it specifically affects women.

Published
18 December 2015
From
Positively UK
Hepatitis C prevention, control efforts should focus on incarcerated individuals

More than one in nine people with hepatitis C in Canada spend time in a correctional facility each year and researchers said this presents a unique opportunity to focus hepatitis C prevention and control efforts in incarcerated populations.

Published
17 December 2015
From
EurekAlert (press release)
This Is Why Parents Need to Talk to Their Gay Sons About PrEP to Prevent HIV

I urge you to talk with your gay son about taking Truvada for PrEP -- pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection. If your college-aged son is still on family health insurance, you absolutely need to consider this prescription option for scientifically-proven protection.

Published
16 December 2015
From
Huffington Post
US syringe funding ban impedes HIV and hepatitis C prevention

Providing sterile syringes is a proven effective way to prevent HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among people who inject drugs, yet the US government continues to

Published
16 December 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
When Are We Planning to Stamp Out Rampant Racism in the UK LGBT Community?

It's hard not to be aware of what your identity means when you separate it out, but more recently I've been compelled to think about what some of my identity often means together. When chatting to a young white gay male in a bar, it's odd to think that someone who is very often the victim of reckless unthoughtful comments and abuse can single out someone based on being black.

Published
15 December 2015
From
Huffington Post
Why Are So Many Black Women Dying of AIDS?

Higher incarceration rates among black males explain the lion’s share of the black-white disparity in AIDS infection rates among both men and women.

Published
15 December 2015
From
New York Times
UK maintains the largest HIV epidemic in western Europe

The annual surveillance report released recently by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that the number and rate of new diagnoses of HIV

Published
15 December 2015
By
Gus Cairns

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