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2016 U.N. Political Declaration on Ending AIDS a disappointing and unprincipled setback in the fight against AIDS

The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) is profoundly dismayed with the decision made by a majority of United Nations member states to adopt a flawed document. The Political Declaration on Ending AIDS by 2030 was meant to provide a compass for global and national policy, law, regulation, funding and programming. It could have been an important advocacy tool for civil society to hold governments to account. Sadly, the Declaration misses the mark—by a long shot. It fails to advance the needs, interests and rights of those most affected by HIV.

Published
09 June 2016
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GNP+
To keep winning against AIDS, China needs to talk more about gay sex

Despite successes in keeping HIV under control in other groups in China, men who have sex with men are experiencing the worst spike in new infections of HIV, with male homosexual sex constituting 80 percent of new cases in China. Beijing has never really managed to address the spread of the virus in this population.

Published
08 June 2016
From
PRI
A broad consensus on drug policy? It's time for change

For over half a century there has been a global consensus that drugs should be eliminated through punishment and repression. But this "consensus" has been ripped apart at the seams. Progressively more countries realise repression and punishment have failed. It's time for change.

Published
08 June 2016
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UN High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS faces battle over key populations

Activists say that a United Nations Political Declaration on Ending AIDS, due to be finalised this week at a UN High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in New York,

Published
07 June 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
HIV self-testing has several advantages, but some barriers to HIV testing likely to remain

A service offering kits for HIV self-testing in South Africa has the potential to improve uptake of HIV testing by individuals who fear breaches of confidentiality or

Published
07 June 2016
By
Roger Pebody
No ending AIDS in Africa without protecting rights

Ahead of the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting (HLM) on Ending AIDS, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) cautions African governments against back-tracking on their AIDS commitments and failing to protect the rights of people living with HIV, women and girls and key populations, such as sex workers, people who use drugs, transgender people and men who have sex with men.

Published
06 June 2016
From
ARASA
June 5 Marks 35 Years Since First Report of AIDS

Sunday, June 5th marks the 35th anniversary of the first report of what would come to be known as AIDS. The past 3 decades have included remarkable progress in the field -- including highly effective antiretroviral therapy and a pill that can prevent HIV infection -- but much remains to be done to make these advances available to all who need them.

Published
06 June 2016
From
HIVandhepatitis.com
How a young doctor shocked India with its first HIV diagnosis 30 years ago

The year was 1986. It was a hot, humid day in June when Dr Suniti Solomon first discovered that the deadly HIV/AIDS virus had made its way to India.

Published
06 June 2016
From
Hindustan Times
European Drug Report 2016

What are the latest trends in drug supply to Europe? What drugs are causing the most harm and concern today? What are the most recent developments in drug prevention, treatment and policy?

Published
06 June 2016
From
ECMDDA
LGBT Communities Silenced in HIV Reduction Efforts

The persistent exclusion of LGBT communities in HIV responses globally has recently resurfaced at the United Nations. Russia along with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a bloc of 57 states including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, banned 11 LGBT organisations from attending the High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS which is set to take place in New York on 8-10 June.

Published
06 June 2016
From
Inter Press Service

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