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  • HIV and immigration detention staff must jointly ensure good care in immigration removal centres

    NAT and HIV clinicians at BHIVA have produced new guidance (last published in 2009) that supports staff in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) and local HIV services to deliver good care. This follows a report published yesterday, by the Home Affairs Select Committee, that raised grave concerns about access to healthcare for people held in IRCs.

    5 hours ago | NAT
  • US Immigration Groups Want Data On HIV Asylum Seekers

    It's been nearly a decade since the United States began allowing people with HIV from abroad to enter the country as immigrants. But the U.S. has never provided data on the number of HIV-positive refugees or asylum seekers admitted since the immigration law changed in 2010, despite efforts from groups including the Center for American Progress and Immigration Equality.

    18 March 2019 | Gothamist
  • 'I came to Peru to survive': Venezuelans migrating for HIV drugs

    Darwin Zerpa is among those who have fled to Peru to get the antiretrovirals he needs. Now he counsels others with the virus.

    24 February 2019 | The Guardian
  • Migrants wrongly told to pay for NHS care upfront, minister admits

    Hospitals have wrongly told some migrants needing urgent care to pay for it in advance even though they qualified for free treatment on the NHS, the government has admitted for the first time.

    18 February 2019 | The Guardian
  • How to Support African LGBTQ Immigrants at Risk for HIV in the U.S.

    Migrants fleeing violence and persecution and seeking asylum in the U.S., and particularly LGBTQ migrants seeking asylum, come with histories of pre-migration trauma. Furthermore, many LGBTQ asylum seekers have migrated independently from family, experience stigma and discrimination from family and immigrant communities in the U.S., and have specific needs for trauma-informed health care, targeted social services, and community-building.

    23 January 2019 | The Body Pro
  • Australia will never be HIV-free if access to prevention requires a medicare card

    My research shows newly arrived Asian-born gay and bisexual men are four times more likely to become HIV positive in the four years after arriving in Australia compared to their local peers. Temporary visa holders are not eligible for Medicare, but to access PrEP or HIV treatment cheaply in Australia you need a Medicare card.

    23 January 2019 | The Conversation
  • WHO: Refugees, migrants pose low infectious disease risk

    WHO showed in a new report that migrants and refugees in Europe “are likely to have good general health,” and there is “very low risk” that they will spread communicable diseases in their host country. However, the population is at a higher risk of becoming ill because of poor living conditions or adjustments to a new lifestyle.

    23 January 2019 | Healio
  • William Barr, Trump’s Attorney General Nominee, Held Immigrants in ‘HIV Prison Camp’

    Under Attorney General William Barr, 310 Haitian immigrants became prisoners of the world’s first detention camp for refugees with HIV. Now, a key Democratic senator wants answers.

    17 January 2019 | Daily Beast
  • Location inherently linked to unsuppressed viral load among young South African women

    Multiple partners, migration, and living in an HIV ‘hotspot’ have been identified as key drivers of unsuppressed viral load among young women living with HIV in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

    04 January 2019 | AVERT
  • US: HIV Is Declining More Slowly Among Foreign-Born Black Women

    Black women born in the United States have seen a faster decline in their HIV diagnosis rate.

    01 January 2019 | Poz
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