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  • No HIV test, no marriage license, Jakarta tells couples

    No HIV test, no marriage license, Jakarta tells couples - ucanews.com  UCA NewsAuthorities in the Indonesian capital Jakarta have introduced a regulation requiring couples to take an HIV test in order to obtain a marriage license.

    15 hours ago | UCA News
  • Family duty is a powerful force in China. Is that why so many couples signed up for the ‘CRISPR babies’ experiment?

    Young adults in China feel a powerful cultural obligation to marry and have kids, but that life plan suddenly looks unattainable to people told they’re infected with HIV, particularly for the many who can’t afford or are unaware of treatments that would allow them to have uninfected children. So when an ambitious scientist offered HIV-positive men and their spouses what seemed to be a way out of this despair, several hundred couples in China jumped at the chance, expressing interest in a clinical trial that promised to deliver them babies forever protected from HIV infections.

    15 January 2019 | STAT
  • One in 4 women at sexual health clinics reports coercion over their reproductive lives

    As many as one in four women attending sexual and reproductive healthcare services say they are not allowed to take control of their own reproductive lives, reveals a review of the available evidence, published today in BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health. As well as not being able to actively choose whether to use contraceptives, or start or continue with a pregnancy, this 'reproductive control' also takes the form of 'contraceptive sabotage', which includes covert removal of a condom during sex, so invalidating consent, the research shows.

    08 January 2019 | EurekAlert
  • Malaysian AIDS council slams proposed mandatory HIV tests for non-Muslims

    The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) has panned a proposal by the women, family and community development ministry to make HIV tests compulsory for non-Muslims intending to tie the knot. In a statement, MAC said conducting compulsory HIV screenings is not an “effective, long-term solution” to combat rising HIV cases, adding that HIV testing should only be done on a voluntary basis.

    20 December 2018 | Free Malaysia Today
  • New York State May Soon Finally Eliminate Explicit Consent From HIV Testing in Care Settings

    Most of the HIV advocacy community in New York City and the state at large now agree that the current law still obstructs testing for health providers -- largely because they find it awkward asking patients if they can test for HIV.

    30 November 2018 | The Body
  • Q&A: Privacy ‘not keeping pace’ with digital health

    The pace of technological advancement in digital health – where smartphones and the internet are being used to personalise health services – is moving faster than policies to ensure people’s data is being protected, according to Patricia Mechael, co-founder of the non-profit organisation HealthEnabled. For example, officials in Tanzania used health records to identify gay men.

    29 November 2018 | Sci Dev Net
  • Jackie Morton – Disclosure? No exposure!

    Sharing your HIV status ought to be a personal choice in every case and our decision not to disclose our status to our two sons survived for nine years until my admission to hospital on 5 November 2018 following a heart attack.

    22 November 2018 | EATG
  • Community Recommendations for Clinical Research Involving Antiretroviral Treatment Interruptions in Adults

    Scientists working to develop a cure for HIV infection sometimes need to conduct clinical trials in which participants are asked to temporarily interrupt ART, which contradicts the recommendations and guidelines for people with HIV under medical care.

    15 November 2018 | TAG
  • Home Office scraps scheme that used NHS data to track migrants

    The Home Office has abandoned a controversial “hostile environment” scheme using NHS data to track down patients believed to be breaching immigration rules. In the face of a legal challenge brought by the Migrants’ Rights Network, a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health, NHS Digital and the Home Office is being scrapped.

    12 November 2018 | The Guardian
  • STEPS V: HIV cure community workshop in Glasgow

    STEPS, a community initiative to design the pathway to a long-term remission of HIV infection, has reached its 5th edition in Glasgow. This year the theme of the meeting that was held just before the opening of the HIV Drug Therapy Congress was ‘socio-behavioural science and ethics around HIV cure research’.

    01 November 2018 | EATG
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