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  • Duterte's Condom Criticism Imperils Philippine HIV Fight

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in a televised speech before Filipino women on February 13, 2018, urged them to not use condoms, comparing usage to eating wrapped candy.

    20 February 2018 | Human Rights Watch
  • An epidemic of bullshit

    Two or three times a year, there’ll be a report released on how many new sexually transmitted infections were diagnosed in the previous year. Usually there’s an up-tick in something and media coverage follows like, well, clockwork. Just as predictable are the narratives invoked to contextualise the findings - online dating, hookup apps, ‘complacency as a result of improvements to HIV treatment', decreased condom use and more young people travelling overseas.

    31 January 2018 | Overland
  • The president forced me to take his herbal HIV 'cure'

    The Gambia's former leader, Yahya Jammeh, who left the country a year ago after two decades in power, has been accused of many crimes. But one of the strangest was forcing thousands of people with HIV to undergo treatment with a concoction of herbs he had invented himself. An unknown number died, reports Colin Freeman.

    22 January 2018 | BBC News
  • CDC Reportedly Bans Words Including “Transgender” and “Science-Based”

    The Trump Administration is forbidding policy analysts at the nation’s main public health agency from using seven words and phrases, including transgender, fetus and evidence-based, in official documents dealing with the upcoming budget, The Washington Post reported. That assertion is a “complete mischaracterization of discussions,” says an HHS spokesperson.

    19 December 2017 | Poz
  • Fingerprints of Russian Disinformation: From AIDS to Fake News

    Called Operation Infektion by the East German foreign intelligence service, the 1980s disinformation campaign seeded a conspiracy theory that the virus that causes AIDS was the product of biological weapons experiments conducted by the United States.

    13 December 2017 | New York Times
  • HIV ‘cure’ based on one patient? Here’s what you need to know

    Headlines today raise hope that a cancer drug could “cure” HIV infection. But this potential cure is based on results from just a single man whose reservoir of dormant HIV-infected cells went down after treatment with the cancer drug nivolumab.

    04 December 2017 | Health News Review
  • Russia’s HIV epidemic is fuelled by virus deniers, who think it’s all a Western hoax

    Fewer than half of Russians with HIV are taking antiretroviral drugs, in part because of a conspiracy theory that the Aids-causing virus is a myth invented by the West, officials and activists say.

    04 December 2017 | South China Morning Post
  • Nigeria's flourishing 'miracle cure' business

    Infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), she felt the ad was her only hope -- so against her better judgement, she clicked on the link.

    01 December 2017 | Pulse
  • Betty Price's HIV Quarantine Query Echoes White Supremacist Voices in the Trump Era

    Price's line of questioning seemed to belong to the 1980s, when HIV and AIDS were less understood and far less preventable, as well as surrounded by much more fear and hysteria. But I heard very similar consideration of quarantining people with HIV as a viable option a few months ago -- on a white supremacist podcast. And these podcasts are the new "test kitchens" of the right -- floating ideas once considered politically impossible to see what'll stick with the core supporters of the current regime.

    01 November 2017 | The Body
  • Wife of ex-US health secretary Price asks if people with HIV can be quarantined

    A Georgia state lawmaker who is married to former Trump health secretary Tom Price asked during a legislative committee meeting about the possibility of quarantining people with HIV.

    21 October 2017 | The Guardian
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