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Nigeria: Senate passes law criminalising HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission

The new law criminalises deliberate transmission of HIV or any other life threatening sexually transmitted disease and frames non-disclosure of HIV (or any other ‘life-threatening STI, including, potentially, ebola) as sexual assault.

Published
09 June 2015
From
HIV Justice Network
Cameron fails to rule out cuts to disability benefits

David Cameron has declined to rule out cuts to disability benefits as part of George Osborne’s planned £12bn welfare savings to be outlined this year.

Published
05 June 2015
From
The Guardian
In Memoriam: Mario Cooper

Mario Cooper, who played an important link between grassroots AIDS activists and the political establishment in the epidemic’s early decades, died May 29, 2015. He was 61.

Published
05 June 2015
From
Poz
Appalachia gripped by hepatitis C epidemic, bracing for HIV

Patton Couch, 25, is one of thousands of young Appalachian drug users recently diagnosed with hepatitis C. Yet public health officials warn that it could get much worse. Two hundred miles north, Scott County, Indiana, is grappling with one of the worst American HIV outbreaks among injection drug users in decades. Kentucky, with the nation's highest rate of acute hepatitis C, might be just a few dirty needles away from a similar catastrophe. "One person could be Typhoid Mary of HIV," said Dr. Jennifer Havens, an epidemiologist at the University of Kentucky's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, who has studied Perry County drug users for years as the hepatitis rate spiraled through small-town drug circles there. An explosion of hepatitis C, transmitted through injection drug use and unprotected sex, can foreshadow a wave of HIV cases.

Published
04 June 2015
From
CNS
Austrian stigmas hurt early HIV prevention

Beyond Vienna's veneer of tolerance and gender equality lies a bedrock of Catholic; Austrian conservatism. And it's hurting doctors' ability to stop HIV in its tracks, writes DW's Kerry Skyring from Vienna.

Published
03 June 2015
From
Deutsche Welle
UN says gays are victims of violent abuse all over the world

The U.N. human rights chief said in a new report that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people are victims of "pervasive, violent abuse, harassment and discrimination" in all regions of the world and cites hundreds of hate-related killings. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein said actions by some countries to reduce violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity since the last report in 2011 have been overshadowed by continuing human rights violations against these groups, too often perpetrated with impunity. See http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Discrimination/A.HRC.19.41_English.pdf for report.

Published
02 June 2015
From
Associated Press
Douglas Carswell says Nigel Farage was 'mean-spirited and wrong' about HIV

Tensions at the heart of Ukip resurface as Douglas Carswell attacks Nigel Farage for suggesting foreign patients with Aids should not be treated on the NHS.

Published
01 June 2015
From
The Telegraph
The Reckless Prosecution of ‘Tiger Mandingo’

Michael Johnson’s trial for HIV exposure was a “perfect storm” of homophobia, racism and the criminalization of black bodies.

Published
31 May 2015
From
The Nation
New START Data Fill in When to Start ART, Now the Question is How

It's critical to recognize that figuring out when to start is only part of the puzzle. The question of how to start is equally critical and isn’t going to be settled by any randomized trial. The how concerns the environment in which individuals are offered treatment, the services that are part of that offer—peer support, community-based refills, non-biased provider care, among others—and the ways that the decision to start is framed.

Published
29 May 2015
From
AVAC
Australia: Victoria repeals section 19A to reduce HIV stigma in law

THE repeal of Section 19A of the Victorian Crimes Act, specifically criminalising the transmission of HIV, has passed the upper house of the Victorian Parliament with bipartisan and cross-bench support. The only law of its kind in Australia, and while 19A has never successfully been used to convict, it has widely been considered to contribute to the stigma experienced by people living with HIV.

Published
28 May 2015
From
Sydney Star Observer

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