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How Majority Muslim Countries Are Handling HIV Infections

Despite strict rules against promiscuity, homosexuality, drug use, and sex work, the Islamic world is nevertheless—and perhaps as a result—facing up to a growing HIV problem.

Published
02 August 2016
From
VICE
Spirituality May Help HIV Patients Survive Longer

Over 17 years, researchers followed HIV-positive men and women who were already in the mid-stage of their disease by the time the study began. They found that people who engaged in spiritual practices and thinking had a greater rate of survival than people who did not—two to four times greater, in fact.

Published
09 May 2016
From
The Atlantic
Obama Removes All Funding For ‘Abstinence-Only’ Sex Education

Good news: President Barack Obama removes all government funding for abstinence-only sex education programs in US public schools.

Published
18 February 2016
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Patheos
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
Pope: There Are Bigger Issues Than Condoms and HIV

Pope Francis has dismissed a question about whether condoms can be condoned in the fight against AIDS by saying there are more important issues confronting the world, like malnutrition, environmental exploitation and the lack of safe drinking water.

Published
01 December 2015
From
ABC News
The hidden story of HIV in the UK - and why women need to take ownership

After my initial shock at the reaction to Charlie Sheen's announcement, I started to realise there was a side to this debate missing. Because, here in the UK, two out of three cases of HIV diagnosed are among black Africans. They make up a little over two per cent of entire UK population yet we account for nearly half of HIV diagnosis.

Published
19 November 2015
From
The Telegraph
HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency

The number of reported HIV cases in the Philippines has increased by more than 277 percent over the last five years, with infections concentrated in men who have sex with men. An aggressive public health campaign is urgently needed but in a devoutly Catholic country, such efforts are viewed as promoting promiscuity and are routinely stalled or blocked. We examine how a public health issue is made into a moral one, with stigma and shame inevitably contributing to the rise of this epidemic.

Published
13 November 2015
From
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Churches effective locations for increasing HIV testing and treatment among pregnant women

Churches and other faith-based centres could be prime venues for offering HIV testing to pregnant women and linking those who test positive with antiretroviral treatment (ART), according to new research from Nigeria published in The Lancet Global Health.

Published
14 October 2015
From
Medical News Today
Transgender Malaysians targeted as religious authorities' influence grows, LGBTI community says

Members of Malaysia's LGBTI community are speaking out about being violently attacked in the moderate Muslim nation, saying the abuse has become common as religious authorities push for more power.

Published
06 July 2015
From
ABC
Surviving Life Itself

Mark S King on long-term survival: "In the decades since those sorrowful days, I have faced a host of perilous circumstances apart from AIDS, including a car crash, drug addiction, serious medical procedures and weapons pointed in my direction. Like everyone else, positive and negative alike, I am a survivor of life itself. That life has included falling in love, changing careers, teasing my friends, watching my cats wrestle one another, and looking forward to whatever lies ahead with a deep sense of gratitude and joyful anticipation. And it is this prism—one that includes AIDS as only a segment of my life—through which I view the world today."

Published
26 May 2015
From
POZ
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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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