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Anti-LGBTQ laws increase risk of HIV, drug use, and violence

Recently enacted laws in North Carolina and Mississippi and their impact on the rights of the LGBTQ community have brought to light a serious public health issue: an increased risk of HIV and gender-based violence. Laws such as these, as well as in other states, specifically exclude communities from protections against discrimination and create environments with gender inequality, stigmatization, and differential access to services. Together, this can lead to increased risk of violence.

Published
03 May 2016
From
The Hill (blog)
How do gay men diagnosed with HIV change their risk behaviour?

To what extent do gay men modify their sexual risk behaviour after testing HIV positive? Two Australian surveys conducted over the last few years have found that

Published
02 May 2016
By
Gus Cairns
A simple ask in 2016: the UN goal of universal HIV treatment

Last week, the working draft for 2016 UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS was released with only a few days for comments. Called the Zero draft, like previous statements produced every five years, it is a list of observations, comments and goals. But using the UN Statement as a platform of human rights has become disconnected from the scientific and medical advances in HIV over the last five years. The bulk of the draft document could have been written at any time during the epidemic, certainly most of it could have been written in 2011. There is only one reference to dramatic changes in the WHO 2015 guidelines and only two references to PrEP.

Published
28 April 2016
From
i-Base
The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases

The college student had real concern in his eyes when he asked me a question during a recent presentation at American University. “Isn’t it true,” he asked, “that the HIV epidemic continues because people who know they are positive keep infecting other people?” It is a question I have heard before, in one way or another, and it always makes me cringe. Not only does it thrust all culpability onto those living with HIV, it also promotes a narrative that being infected with HIV chemically changes our moral fiber and transforms us into abusive monsters.

Published
28 April 2016
From
My Fabulous Disease
Bangladesh LGBT editor hacked to death

Bangladesh police say a top gay rights activist and editor at the country's only LGBT magazine is one of two people who have been hacked to death. The US ambassador to Bangladesh condemned the killing of Xulhaz Mannan, who also worked at the US embassy.

Published
25 April 2016
From
BBC
Study finds online HIV prevention resources face resistance from black female college students

New research from North Carolina State University and Pennsylvania State University finds that black female college students were often unlikely to use online resources related to HIV prevention, due to the stigma associated with the disease and concerns that their social network would learn they were accessing HIV-related materials.

Published
25 April 2016
From
Medical Xpress
Online privacy concerns limit the reach of sexual health messages on social media

The way in which individuals manage their identities on Facebook, for example avoiding publication of material which could be seen as revealing something about their sexual behaviour

Published
25 April 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Germany: Legal expert Jacob Hösl on the significance of recent Court rulings on HIV criminalisation

Last week, Germany’s key HIV legal expert, Jacob Hösl gave an interview to Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe’s Magazine on recent developments in case law. The entire interview is (roughly) translated below. He pointed to three recent key developments in Aachen, Munich and Berlin.

Published
25 April 2016
From
HIV Justice Network
Multiple social and health factors associated with irregular attendance at London HIV clinics

People who miss appointments for HIV care are more likely to have money problems, childcare responsibilities and a history of depression according to a recent UK study. While

Published
22 April 2016
By
Roger Pebody
A generation of artists were wiped out by Aids and we barely talk about it

A new film about the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is a shocking and brilliant reminder of the devastation HIV and Aids wreaked – and still does.

Published
21 April 2016
From
The Guardian

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