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Mass incarceration of drug users in South Africa 'driving global epidemics'

Mass incarceration of drug users has driven up global epidemics of HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis, a new study claims. Up to 90 per cent of people who inject drugs will be jailed at some point in their lives. It means prisons act as incubators of diseases contracted from needles.

Published
15 July 2016
From
Daily Mail
Almost 5 million workers reached under ILO’s VCT@WORK initiative and 3 million tested for HIV

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has announced that the initial phase of its VCT@WORK initiative has reached close to 5 million workers with face-to-face education on the benefits of HIV testing. During the outreach, which took place between July 2013 and December 2015, almost 3 million workers were tested for HIV, and more than 85 000 people who tested positive for HIV were referred to services for treatment.

Published
15 July 2016
From
UNAIDS
Prince Harry takes HIV test live on camera

Royal was filmed getting checkup at Guy’s and St Thomas’s hospital to encourage others and remove stigma of tests.

Published
14 July 2016
From
The Guardian
Landmark court ruling in Egypt prohibits HIV discrimination in the workplace

Ahmed was dismissed from his job as a plumber for a club in Giza, Egypt, in 2015 after his employer discovered he was living with HIV. Rather than remain silent, Ahmed decided to pursue legal action with the help of the Al Shehab Foundation for Comprehensive Development.

Published
14 July 2016
From
UNAIDS
HIV Is Still Taboo Among White Gay Men in South Africa

I knew going in that HIV/AIDS is a hot-button issue in South Africa, and comes with quite a bit of associated controversy, stigma, judgment and shame. But I couldn’t help but be surprised the blank looks and nonchalant responses I received when the topic of HIV came up.

Published
14 July 2016
From
BETA blog
NHS patients infected with contaminated blood to get extra payments

David Cameron announced £125m to raise ex-gratia payments to people infected with Hep C or HIV in blood scandal 30 years ago.

Published
14 July 2016
From
The Guardian
A Jaw-Dropping Oral History of “Angels in America”

Playwright Tony Kushner’s now-iconic masterwork Angels in America, set during the mid-’80s AIDS epidemic, premiered 25 years ago this summer as a relatively modest, grant-endowed production at San Francisco’s tiny Eureka Theatre. Within a couple of years, the two-part, seven-hour play had relocated to Broadway and grown into a popular and critical behemoth, winning seven Tonys and the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and invigorating both American theater and the national discussion about AIDS.

Published
13 July 2016
From
Poz
Should Grindr Filter By HIV Status?

The gay dating (sex) app Grindr is surveying some users about offering a filter to help stigmatize and serosort HIV positive identifying users. Wha?

Published
11 July 2016
From
I'm Still Josh (blog)
Despite medical advances, HIV epidemic continues for gay men across the globe

Across countries and income levels, gay men continue to see disproportionately high rates of HIV infection, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Published
11 July 2016
From
Johns Hopkins University
The scourge of heroin and opioid deaths still doesn’t match AIDS at its worst

Cuomo, in a press conference in Buffalo, said, "We’re losing as many people to heroin and opioid overdoses as we lost to the AIDS epidemic at its peak." About 28,000 people died from a heroin or opioid overdose in 2014. About 43,000 people died from AIDS in 1995. Cuomo’s comparison is a reach.

Published
11 July 2016
From
Politifact

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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