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On the Losses Aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

A Tweeter asked me if the loss of Joep, Glenn, and other AIDS researchers and activists possibly on board MH17 would prove a major set-back in the fight against AIDS. No, I said. One of the glories of the AIDS community is that its bench is deep, its talents enormous, and its sorry history of processing grief and moving on is unparalleled. The dead, as has always been the case since this awful virus emerged in the late 1970s, will be mourned. And then energies will be mustered, to get the job done.

Published
19 July 2014
From
Laurie Garrett (blog)
Gay Men, MSM and Transgender Pre-Conference Kicks Off in Melbourne

The opening session of the two-day pre-conference on Gay Men, MSM and Transgender People in the Global AIDS Response sponsored by The Global Forum on MSM & HIV at Melbourne Town Hall began with solemn words and a moment of silence for the tragic deaths of the almost 300 people killed in on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, with special acknowledgement of Martine de Schutter and Pim de Kuijer, both with close ties to this community.

Published
19 July 2014
From
Science Speaks
Obama says ‘near 100’ AIDS workers killed. Is it true?

News reports have estimated that more than 100 people on the plane were heading to the conference. But conference organizers said that they had only been able to confirm the names of seven people so far, cautioning that the number of people on the plane heading to the conference may be lower than the figures that have been reported.

Published
18 July 2014
From
Washington Post
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: Top Aids expert Joep Lange among up to 100 researchers and activists on board

Joep Lange, a world-renowned researcher and former president of the International Aids Society, was heading with the group to the global Aids 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Published
18 July 2014
From
The Independent
Aids conference says 100 researchers may have been on board crashed plane

Delegates to a plenary session held ahead of the Aids 2014 conference were told that email exchanges showed about 100 attendees were booked on the MH17 flight. The plane was downed in eastern Ukraine by what the US and Australian governments have described as a surface-to-air missile.

Published
18 July 2014
From
The Guardian
England: Department of Health publishes plans to charge overseas patients

The Department of Health (DH) has today published its plans to recover costs for NHS treatment of visitors and migrants.

Published
18 July 2014
From
Migrants' Rights Network
What Not to Do If You Are Dating and HIV-Positive

There is one surefire way of turning every future love scenario into a bloodbath, no matter how much of a match the two of you may be, and that is being HIV-positive and desperate for a date.

Published
17 July 2014
From
Huffington Post
Justice Department Releases Best Practices Guide to Reform HIV-Specific Criminal Laws to Align with Scientifically-Supported Factors

The Justice Department announced today that it has released a Best Practices Guide to Reform HIV-Specific Criminal Laws to Align with Scientifically-Supported Factors. This guide provides technical assistance regarding state laws that criminalize engaging in certain behaviors without disclosing known HIV-positive status. The guide will assist states to ensure that their policies reflect contemporary understanding of HIV transmission routes and associated benefits of treatment and do not place unnecessary burdens on individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Published
16 July 2014
From
US Department of Justice
Book Review: ‘AIDS: Don’t Die of Prejudice’, by Norman Fowler

Fowler’s message of tolerance and pragmatism, and his con­tinued commitment to the field, is creditable in a world that still has a long way to go in fighting prejudice and ending HIV.

Published
14 July 2014
From
Financial Times
WHO: People most at risk of HIV are not getting the health services they need

Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups – men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns WHO.

Published
11 July 2014
From
WHO press release

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