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  • 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.

    19 hours ago | 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
  • Myths about migrants spreading disease 'inform hostile policies'

    Report says migrants more likely to contribute than to damage health of host nations

    10 December 2018 | The Guardian
  • Asylum seekers in Britain unable to access healthcare

    Cost and fears about how they will be treated, or consequences for their immigration status, are preventing people seeking or refused asylum from using health services, a new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found, prompting a call for greater separation of the immigration and healthcare systems.

    30 November 2018 | Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Italy orders seizure of migrant rescue ship over 'HIV-contaminated' clothes

    Italian authorities have ordered the seizure of the migrant rescue ship Aquarius after claiming that discarded clothes worn by the migrants on their voyage from Libya to Italy could have been contaminated by HIV, meningitis and tuberculosis. The Italian authorities have placed 24 people under investigation for ‘‘trafficking and the illegal management of waste,” including the captain of the Aquarius, Evgenii Talanin, and Michele Trainiti, deputy head of the Italy mission of Medecins san Frontieres (MSF) Belgium. The Sicilian prosecutors also fined MSF a total of €460,000 (£409,000) and froze some of its bank accounts based in Italy.

    20 November 2018 | The Guardian
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