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US: Judge halts Air Force’s efforts to discharge airmen with HIV

A federal judge in Virginia has ordered the Air Force to halt efforts to discharge service members who are HIV-positive. The ruling came in a case filed by two HIV-positive airmen who are suing to prevent their discharge under the military’s “deploy or get out” policy. U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in Alexandria issued the preliminary injunction Friday. She ruled that the Air Force's treatment of HIV-positive personnel is "irrational, inconsistent, and at variance with modern science."

Published
16 February 2019
From
Air Force Times
Safe consumption sites: Study identifies policy change strategies and challenges

A new qualitative study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health identifies several key lessons from early efforts to establish sanctioned safe consumption sites in five US communities. The results offer insights on one approach some localities are exploring to address the escalating drug overdose crisis in the US.

Published
15 February 2019
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
I Found Love (and Love of Self) After HIV, and You Can Too

In his first time writing publicly about his HIV status, Aaron Anderson details how he learned to love after being diagnosed with HIV.

Published
15 February 2019
From
The Body
Positively UK appoints a new CEO

Positively UK is excited to announce the appointment of Silvia Petretti as the new CEO

Published
12 February 2019
From
Positively UK
A Trailblazing HIV Doctor Who Helped Thousands Access PrEP Has Died At Age 44

Dr Mags Portman, a hero of the LGBT and HIV community, leaves behind a husband, two children, and a legacy: getting PrEP into the hands of those who need it.

Published
12 February 2019
From
BuzzFeed News
Singapore data leak: ‘I reject any allegation MOH sought to cover up incident,’ says Gan Kim Yong

The Health Minister also gave more information on how the incident, which saw information affecting 14,200 with HIV leaked online, happened.

Published
12 February 2019
From
Channel News Asia
The European AIDS Treatment Group names new Executive Director

The European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) is delighted to introduce our new Executive Director, Pieter Vanholder.

Published
11 February 2019
From
EATG
Hundreds of contaminated blood files ‘checked out by Government officials’

Hundreds of files relating to contaminated blood were removed by Government officials and went missing, it has emerged. A Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) investigation conducted last year following the start of the Infected Blood Inquiry found around 950 files relating to blood policy had been “checked out” by staff going back years.

Published
11 February 2019
From
ITV News
Relationship counseling encourages couples HIV testing

Lynae Darbes, associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan, developed an intervention designed to improve the likelihood that couples will decide to engage in HIV testing together. The idea was that providing relationship skills to couples would improve their communication and their relationship in general, and this would in turn improve their ability to talk about sex and HIV--as well as HIV testing.

Published
08 February 2019
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Greg Millett On What Black People Can Learn About HIV Outreach

The vice president and director of public policy at amfAR knows what needs to change in HIV education.

Published
07 February 2019
From
HIV Plus
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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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