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When Gay Men Went Into The Desert, After The HIV Bomb

Desert Migration documents the results of a specific pilgrimage that became popular among gay men who were dying of AIDS decades ago: relocating to Palm Springs from major cities in the west, Los Angeles in particular. Once there, their fates and often their fortunes were reversed with the arrival of new medications in the mid 1990s. They experienced the emotional whiplash of renewed health in a world they had settled on leaving, as well as the unexpected financial burden of an extended lifespan.

Published
16 May 2016
From
Queerty
If we want to end HIV, TB, and malaria, we need to do more to reduce human rights barriers

A recent report from UNAIDS said that by 2020, countries should devote 8% of its HIV resources to reducing human rights barriers to accessing services. Currently, less than 1% of Global Fund grant funds is spent on programs to reduce human rights barriers. We have to do more and we have to do it better, says Ralf Jürgens. In this commentary, Ralf describes an intensive effort that the Global Fund is implementing in 15-20 countries, as well as other initiatives the Fund has planned.

Published
11 May 2016
From
Global Fund Observer
New report shows HIV criminalisation is a growing, global concern but advocates are fighting back

A new report released today shows that HIV criminalisation is a growing, global phenomenon. However, advocates around the world are working hard to ensure that the criminal law’s approach to people living with HIV fits with up-to-date science, as well as key legal and human rights principles.

Published
10 May 2016
From
HIV Justice Network
New funding for local HIV prevention

Public Health England (PHE) announces an HIV Prevention Innovation Fund for 2016 to 2017 of up to £600,000 for local prevention initiatives.

Published
10 May 2016
From
Public Health England
London HIV clinic fined £180,000 for revealing service users' names

Staff error meant anyone receiving 56 Dean Street’s HIV clinic newsletter could see email addresses of all other recipients.

Published
09 May 2016
From
The Guardian
Tobacco firms pushed AIDS agenda to protect profits

Tobacco firms used the fight against HIV/AIDS as a smokescreen to hinder tobacco control efforts in developing countries, researchers have revealed. Big tobacco companies lobbied for funding and initiatives to combat AIDS to distract from the health problems caused by smoking and prevent regulations restricting tobacco use, a paper says.

Published
09 May 2016
From
SciDevNet
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
It’s Tough to Stop Sex, Study of U.S. AIDS Effort Shows

Researchers have found no benefits from a decade-long attempt to curb the spread of HIV in Africa by promoting abstinence and monogamy. The U.S. has spent more than $1.4 billion since 2004 telling young people in Africa to abstain from sex before marriage and then commit to a single partner. That funding didn’t influence the number of sex partners people had, the age at which they started having sex, or teen pregnancy rates, according to a study published on Monday. See http://www.aidsmap.com/page/2949285/ for more on this issue.

Published
04 May 2016
From
Bloomberg
The Drugs Consensus Is Not Pretty - It's Been Ripped Apart at the Seams

The UNGASS was certainly not a success for the defenders of the status quo. The consensus on punitive prohibition has been well and truly ripped apart at the seams. This UNGASS demonstrates the impact civil society pressure can achieve. The drug policy reform movement will continue to grow into a formidable global social movement towards 2019. The collective demand for change will grow ever louder leading to sustainable and seismic break-throughs at national, regional and ultimately UN levels.

Published
04 May 2016
From
International Drug Policy Consortium
HIV-Positive Women in Uganda Are Being Sterilized Against Their Will

A 2013 report by the National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANU) found that at least 11 percent of women living with HIV/AIDS were forcibly sterilized. A 2015 report focusing on such coercion from Uganda-based NGO International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA) revealed that forced sterilization and coercion — which includes women being given money and misinformation or being intimidated by a health worker — continues in the country.

Published
03 May 2016
From
ThinkProgress

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