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Zimbabwe: Mandatory HIV testing for kids ill-conceived

The decision by the Harare Municipality to embark on a mandatory HIV testing of pupils in all council-run primary schools as part of a health education, is ill-conceived and could entrench stigma and traumatise those suspected to be infected.

Published
24 May 2016
From
The Herald
David Cameron: I want to change the world on global LGBT rights - and get PrEP fixed

From David Cameron's interview: "I think too often issues can come up that affect LGBT people but they’re not acted on fast enough. I think there’s a good case with the Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) that people in the community want us to act on. It was raised in the House of Commons last week, and I’m going to make sure that whether it’s NICE or the Department of Health, let’s get through the gears a bit faster and see if we can get this fixed."

Published
20 May 2016
From
Pink News
PrEP uptake poised to grow as physicians gain insight, stigmas fade

Experts say some barriers that have led to a slow initial uptake in PrEP are beginning to crumble as more doctors learn about FTC/TDF and stigmas surrounding its use begin to fade.

Published
19 May 2016
From
Infectious Disease News
NAT reaction to the Queen’s Speech 2016

At the State Opening of Parliament today, the Queen announced a Bill “to ensure that overseas visitors pay for the health treatment they receive at public expense”. She also stated that proposals will be now be brought forward for a British Bill of Rights.

Published
18 May 2016
From
NAT
UNAIDS calls for full and complete access to quality health care, including mental health care, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people

UNAIDS stands with people and organizations around the world in commemorating the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May, the day 26 years ago when the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. The IDAHOT theme for 2016 is mental health and well-being.

Published
18 May 2016
From
UNAIDS
Muslim states block 11 LGBT groups from attending UN Aids meeting

A group of 51 Muslim states has blocked 11 gay and transgender organizations from attending a high-level meeting at the United Nations next month on ending Aids, sparking a protest by the US, Canada and the EU. Egypt wrote to the president of the 193-member general assembly on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to object to the participation of the 11 groups. It did not give a reason in the letter, which Reuters has seen.

Published
17 May 2016
From
The Guardian
Nigerian laws give conflicting message on HIV and homophobia

In 2016, the Nigerian government passed the HIV/AIDS Anti-Discrimination Act. The law is meant to prevent HIV-related discrimination and ensure access to healthcare and other services. It also provides protection of the human rights and dignity of people affected by HIV in Nigeria. However, the 2014 anti-homosexuality act prohibiting all forms of same-sex sexual activity remains.

Published
17 May 2016
From
Key Correspondents
SF supervisor looks to shield HIV survivors from rent spikes

Supervisor Scott Wiener on Tuesday will introduce legislation at the Board of Supervisors that would close the rent control loophole, allowing those relying on the program to be protected from increases. The measure could begin providing protection as soon as July.

Published
17 May 2016
From
SFGate
When Gay Men Went Into The Desert, After The HIV Bomb

Desert Migration documents the results of a specific pilgrimage that became popular among gay men who were dying of AIDS decades ago: relocating to Palm Springs from major cities in the west, Los Angeles in particular. Once there, their fates and often their fortunes were reversed with the arrival of new medications in the mid 1990s. They experienced the emotional whiplash of renewed health in a world they had settled on leaving, as well as the unexpected financial burden of an extended lifespan.

Published
16 May 2016
From
Queerty
If we want to end HIV, TB, and malaria, we need to do more to reduce human rights barriers

A recent report from UNAIDS said that by 2020, countries should devote 8% of its HIV resources to reducing human rights barriers to accessing services. Currently, less than 1% of Global Fund grant funds is spent on programs to reduce human rights barriers. We have to do more and we have to do it better, says Ralf Jürgens. In this commentary, Ralf describes an intensive effort that the Global Fund is implementing in 15-20 countries, as well as other initiatives the Fund has planned.

Published
11 May 2016
From
Global Fund Observer

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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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