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Advocates hope for change in HIV non-disclosure law after Ottawa meeting with provinces

Advocacy groups are hoping the law criminalizing HIV non-disclosure in Canada will change after a meeting between Ottawa and the provinces in the spring. Last month, a protest was held outside the ministry’s office to protest the “overly broad and unjust” charges relative to HIV disclosure. Ontario leads in the number of people charged with HIV status non-disclosure and 180 people have been charged across the country

Published
07 March 2017
From
Toronto Star
HIV’s milder cousin may be less mild than previously thought

HIV-2’s virulence may have been underestimated and although progression to AIDS  and death in HIV-2 infection was slower than with HIV-1, it was the rule

Published
02 March 2017
By
Gus Cairns
Perceptions of Masculinity Influence HIV Stigma in Nigeria

A recent study has found that the extent to which males meet cultural ideals of masculinity in Nigeria can impact the extent of stigma they experience. The study involved extensive interviewing of 17 heterosexual men with HIV in Nigeria, all of whom were being treated with antiretroviral therapy.

Published
28 February 2017
From
Naija 247
Russia: Government to examine possibility of removing HIV-specific criminal law and broadening prosecutions to all serious, communicable diseases under general ‘bodily harm’ laws

The Russian government is considering removing Article 122 (Infection with Human Immuno-deficiency Virus) from the Criminal Code, according to an article published earlier this month on the RBC website.

Published
28 February 2017
From
HIV Justice Network
What is safe sex now? Does it include undetectable viral load and PrEP?

Treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) provide new ways to safely avoid HIV, but this poses challenges to the ways in which communities understand

Published
28 February 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Meet The Man Who Stopped Thousands Of People Becoming HIV-Positive

“I knew I was doing something of substance, but it’s really overwhelming.” In an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed News, Greg Owen reveals the story behind Britain’s largest ever drop in HIV transmissions.

Published
26 February 2017
From
BuzzFeed News
Didier Lestrade: My First 30 Years with HIV

French HIV/AIDS activist Didier Lestrade reflects on a lifetime spent fighting the epidemic, in both public and private.

Published
26 February 2017
From
Vice
How to Keep HIV Cure-Related Trials Ethical: The Benefit/Risk Ratio Challenge

While high or unknown risks are a mainstay of early-phase trials in areas like cancer research, cure study participants typically have a safe and efficacious alternative to those risks: remaining on antiretrovirals. Can we justify asking patients who are doing well on antiretrovirals to accept the risk and uncertainty of many HIV cure-related trials? If we cannot, we might need to give up on the hope of curing HIV, or of achieving controlled remission.

Published
22 February 2017
From
BMJ Blogs
Personal Story: an interview with Gordon Scott

Gordon Scott spent 35 years working in the field of HIV. Read about his early career and the first cases of HIV in Edinburgh during the mid-nineties in this first of a two-part interview.

Published
22 February 2017
From
HIV Scotland
Mr Gay NZ defends his view that having unprotected sex with HIV can be safe

The new Mr Gay New Zealand, who is HIV positive, is defending having unprotected sex, saying he always informs sexual partners of his health status. He said he only had unprotected sex with HIV positive men or HIV negative men who he knew were on Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which was a pill that reduced the risk of them getting HIV.

Published
21 February 2017
From
New Zealand Herald

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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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