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HIV care in Immigration Removal Centres

We surveyed Immigration Removal Centres (IRC) and HIV clinics local to these IRCs about the treatment and care of HIV positive detainees. There is significant variation in how IRC healthcare teams approach HIV treatment and care, even where two IRCs are co-located and share the same local HIV clinic. This shows that the challenges of the IRC setting can be overcome and patients can receive their right to an equivalent level of HIV care as the NHS provides to the general public.

Published
16 December 2013
From
NAT
Mother alleges discrimination over lack of autopsy for HIV-positive son

Following his death, the man’s family requested that he undergo a post-mortem examination. However, they were informed the body would not be reconstructed following the autopsy, as per the guidelines at the time, as he had HIV. The man’s mother then launched action on grounds that both her and her son were directly discriminated against due to his HIV status.

Published
16 December 2013
From
Star Observer
Vulnerability of gay and transgender Indians goes way beyond Section 377

Prompting international outrage, the Supreme Court of India has reinstated a law that is widely understood to criminalise homosexuality. But this is essentially a symbolic defeat - the law was very rarely used to target consensual sex in private.

Published
16 December 2013
From
The Conversation
BBC: Presenters can promote National Christmas Jumper Day & Movember but not World AIDS Day

The BBC refused to answer various questions put forward by Pink News on why it makes exceptions to allow Red Nose Day, Children in Need, Sports Relief, Movember and Save the Children’s ‘National Christmas Jumper Day’ to be promoted, despite assertions that only poppies are allowed, but not World AIDS Day.

Published
16 December 2013
From
Pink News
Indian Gays Prepare to Fight Again

Human rights have taken a step back in India, activists say after the Supreme Court overturned a ruling of the High Court that had earlier lifted the ban on gay sex.

Published
13 December 2013
From
Inter Press Service
US: Group Says Plans Discourage HIV Patients

A coalition of 31 HIV/AIDS organizations is urging the Obama administration to investigate "a number of disturbing trends" in plans on the insurance exchanges, including plans that don't cover all available HIV drugs and what it termed "egregious cost-sharing designs."

Published
12 December 2013
From
Wall Street Journal
African HIV criminalisation achievements and challenges highlighted at ICASA 2013

The African continent has more countries with overly broad and vague HIV-specific laws relating to HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission than any other global region, nearly all of which have been enacted in the past decade.

Published
11 December 2013
From
HIV Justice Network
The BBC rules that banned Graham Norton's Aids ribbon are a mass of contradictions

Why is public support of an Aids charity bad and yet presenters can be disciplined for refusing to wear a Remembrance Day poppy?

Published
11 December 2013
From
The Guardian
New Executive Director appointed at the Global Network of People Living with HIV

Today, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) announces the appointment of Suzette Moses-Burton, who joins the organization as the Executive Director on 6 January 2014.

Published
11 December 2013
From
GNP+
What ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ got wrong about the AIDS crisis

'Tis the season for Oscar bait, and this year, "Dallas Buyers Club" looks set to get at least a few nominations. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a Dallas man who contracts HIV in 1985, when the diagnosis was a death sentence. But it risks leaving a false impression of that period in the history of HIV/AIDS, and in particular of the role of AZT.

Published
11 December 2013
From
Washington Post

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