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Sex work, violence and HIV: experience from rural Karnataka

Working with women in sex work for the last 10 years in rural South India has taught me that it is not HIV that is a priority in their lives but issues like violence, stigma and discrimination and uncertainties related to their children’s future. We organised a participatory workshop with sex workers to understand the extent of violence in these intimate relationships, including causes of violence.

Published
14 March 2013
From
Open Democracy
Link between violence and HIV must be made explicit, say African ministers

The link between gender-based violence and HIV infections needs to be explicit in the outcome document of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), delegates said this week.

Published
08 March 2013
From
The Guardian
Behind the miracle child a broken system lurks

While we celebrate this week’s story of an HIV-miracle cure, let’s not forget the story of injustice that made it possible. How is it possible for a pregnant woman in the world’s wealthiest country to not receive prenatal care? Why were the mother and child “lost to care” for over 6 months?

Published
07 March 2013
From
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Black gay men run higher risk of HIV infection despite fewer partners

An analysis of four studies of sexual risk and HIV infection in US gay men, presented at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI

Published
06 March 2013
By
Gus Cairns
Falling Through the Cracks

We can strengthen two of the weakest links in the U.S. health care chain for people with HIV/AIDS—linking people to care and retaining them in care—but doing so requires a collective approach.

Published
05 March 2013
From
Poz
Antiretroviral Drugs Sold for Food in Kenya’s Slums

Impoverished Kenyans living with HIV/AIDs are sometimes selling their antiretroviral drugs to buy food for themselves and their families. Medical professionals believe there has been a slight growth in the trend, saying that people are simply trying to survive.

Published
05 March 2013
From
Voice of America
Gays can't have sex

'Gays can’t have sex. We can have only “safer sex” or “protected sex” (where condoms or any other form of barriers are used). The sad part of “protected sex” is that it implies that sex between men is not safe,...' - psychotherapiast Marco Posadas ponders whether 'safer sex' is having a damaging effect on gay men's self-image.

Published
22 February 2013
From
Xtra!
Violence as a cause or consequence of HIV for women in England

This report highlights the experiences of women living with HIV in England in relation to Gender-Based Violence. It documents the findings of a study to explore the potential for a national investigation into violence as a cause or a consequence of HIV for women in England.

Published
15 February 2013
From
Sophia Forum
Legalising gay marriage may improve health and reduce healthcare costs

In the past few years, psychologists and doctors have discovered that policy changes for or against same-sex marriage can influence patterns of healthcare for lesbian and gay people. Although the research was conducted primarily on gay men in the US, the implications for other sexual minority groups in nations considering same-sex marriage legislation are far-reaching.

Published
08 February 2013
From
The Guardian
Only 1 in 5 Medicaid Users Linked to Care Within a Year After HIV Diagnosis

Only about 20% of adult Medicaid recipients who tested positive for HIV during the past decade began receiving appropriate care – including CD4 T-cell count and viral load monitoring – within a year of diagnosis, and the rate did not improve much within 5 years, according to an analysis described in the January 2013 issue of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Published
07 February 2013
From
HIVandHepatitis.com

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