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  • Fear and stigma mark life for gays in conservative Malawi

    Fearing persecution after being outed as gay, Aniz Mitha fled Malawi. Leaving behind his well-off Muslim family and four-year-old son, he headed for South Africa, where he became a sex worker to survive.

    17 June 2019 | Channel News Asia
  • What's behind PEPFAR's funding cut threats?

    As it wraps up its latest funding round, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is prepared to introduce unprecedented cuts to country programs in sub-Saharan Africa, designed to spur domestic policy changes and programmatic improvements. But observers warn that if enacted, the cuts could undermine advances those countries have made against the HIV epidemic, particularly among marginalized communities that struggle to access health services.

    12 June 2019 | Devex
  • Australia: Targeting Asian gay men

    Diagnoses among Asian-born gay men in Australia have risen over recent years — and many of these men are diagnosed at a late stage of infection. In response, a range of initiatives exist to help tackle the problem.

    11 June 2019 | Positive Living
  • UNAIDS welcomes the decision of the High Court of Botswana to repeal laws that criminalize and discriminate against LGBT people

    UNAIDS applauds the landmark decision of the High Court of Botswana to declare unconstitutional key provisions of Sections 164 and 167 of the Botswana Penal Code. Those provisions criminalized certain private sexual acts and have led to discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Botswana.

    11 June 2019 | UNAIDS
  • Botswana scraps gay sex laws in big victory for LGBTQ rights in Africa

    Botswana's High Court has overturned a colonial-era law criminalizing consensual same-sex relations in a landmark victory for Africa's LGBTQ movements. The ruling comes just a month after Kenya's high court upheld its laws criminalizing homosexuality.

    11 June 2019 | CNN
  • Gay men in PROUD trial experienced high rates of intimate partner violence

    Screening for intimate partner violence should form part of sexual health services to reach vulnerable gay men.

    03 June 2019 | Avert
  • Wondering at the ‘Special Universe’ of Gay Life in All Its Diversity

    When the clinical psychologist Walt Odets began working with gay men in San Francisco in the mid-1980s, much of the therapy focused on trauma and shame. There was the reality of growing up gay in America combined with the catastrophe of the AIDS epidemic, which by 1989 had killed at least 90,000 people, including a number of Odets’s patients. More than three decades later, the gay men Odets now works with live in a markedly different world, one where they can marry and in which sex doesn’t come booby-trapped with the fear of death.

    02 June 2019 | New York Times
  • Special Report: As Trump rewrites health rules, Pence sees conservative agenda born again

    In a sweeping social policy shift, the Trump administration is seeking to remake health rules at home and abroad for women, gay and transgender people, restricting access to abortion, curtailing support for contraception and narrowing the scope of civil rights in healthcare.

    02 June 2019 | Reuters
  • UNAIDS survey aligns with so-called fourth 90 for HIV/AIDS

    The survey echoes a trend in the community to take notice of mental wellness when thinking of public health interventions to fight HIV/AIDS.

    31 May 2019 | The Lancet (free registration required)
  • Kenyan High Court Rules Against Gay Rights

    Today the Kenyan High Court ruled to uphold a colonial-era law criminalizing same-sex sexual behavior. Advocates have been fighting tirelessly for LGBTIQ rights in Kenya, bringing this case to challenge Kenya’s penal code in 2016. Same-sex relations are currently classified as a crime in 70 countries and territories around the world, and almost half of them are in Africa; Kenyan activists were hoping the decision today would set a positive precedent for other countries in East Africa.

    27 May 2019 | MPact
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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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