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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
Blinded by Fear: How Politics Influenced Medical Policy in Greece

There is no one particular reason for Greece’s stringent policies on HIV. Rather, the combination of political power plays, economic instability, and societal fear planted the seeds for criminalization of the disease.

Published
10 December 2014
From
The Politic
Tenth of British men 'pay for sex'

More than one in 10 men have paid for sex, according to a major study of British sexual habits.

Published
18 November 2014
From
BBC Health
Drugs and tourism combine to raise HIV risk in Caribbean

A study in a sex tourism resort in the Dominican Republic suggests three themes: (1) local demand shifts drug routes to tourism areas, (2) drugs shape local economies, and (3) drug use facilitates HIV risk behaviors in tourism areas.

Published
31 October 2014
From
Futurity: Research News
Indonesian brothel closures hit HIV prevention

Brothel closures in Indonesian cities could put sex workers in danger and hamper HIV prevention efforts, say health experts and outreach workers.

Published
31 October 2014
From
IRIN Plus News
Porn production moratorium ended by Free Speech Coalition

A California-based trade group for the adult film industry has lifted a moratorium on production spurred by a feared HIV exposure on an out-of-state film set. The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) ended the five-day production hold Monday, saying in a statement that testing has been completed and 'the performer pool has not been compromised.' The group first called for a three-day moratorium that was extended through lastweekend.

Published
26 October 2014
From
Daily Mail
Study models ways to cut Mexico's HIV rates

A new study projects that increasing condom use or antiretroviral therapy among Mexico City's male sex workers would produce a significant advance against the nation's HIV epidemic by reducing the rate of infections among the sex workers' partners.

Published
15 October 2014
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Prostitute charged with not disclosing HIV status, again

A prostitute convicted of exposing hundreds of men to HIV four years ago is charged with the same crime again. St. Louis County police received a tip that this HIV-positive woman was once again working as a prostitute.

Published
07 October 2014
From
Fox News
Three Approaches to Beating the AIDS Epidemic in South Africa

South Africa’s AIDS epidemic is at its worst in high-risk subgroups like gay men, prostitutes, truckers, prisoners, miners and patients who don’t take their drugs regularly. To have any hope of beating the epidemic, it must focus on such groups, experts say. Many pilot projects to do that have been started with aid from the United States government program called Pepfar. Here are some of them.

Published
26 August 2014
From
New York Times
HIV superinfection associated with accelerated viral load increase but has no impact on clinical disease progression

HIV superinfection has no impact on clinical disease progression, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. Superinfection was associated with accelerated viral load increase and had a

Published
19 August 2014
By
Michael Carter
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