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  • New York Will Investigate Reports of Gay Men Denied Insurance

    State financial regulators in New York said Wednesday that they would investigate reports that gay men have been denied insurance policies covering life, disability or long-term care because they were taking medication to protect themselves against H.I.V. Such denials would amount to illegal discrimination based on sexual orientation, and the companies doing so could be penalized, said Maria T. Vullo, the state’s superintendent of financial services.

    15 February 2018 | New York Times
  • Canada: It's time to stop linking 'loose morals' to immigrants with HIV

    A recent example of blatant prejudice is a part of a bigger story about how the Canadian immigration system processes applications made by people with HIV infection. There are more directives governing HIV infection than any other health condition in the immigration system.

    02 February 2018 | The Conversation
  • HIV Medicine Association chair argues new HHS division ‘defies fundamental medical ethic’

    “The new HHS division, like other ‘religious freedom’ efforts across the country, is a thinly disguised invitation to stigmatize and discriminate against LGBTQ individuals in the name of religion,” said HIV Medicine Association Chair Melanie Thompson.

    30 January 2018 | Healio
  • Porn Empire Must Defend Itself Against Actors’ HIV Lawsuits’s insurance company is not responsible for these litigation costs, says a federal judge. Here’s why.

    21 December 2017 | Poz
  • Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it?

    The Long Read: Since it decriminalised all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime.

    05 December 2017 | The Guardian
  • Achieving HIV Targets through Human Rights Instruments

    This post presents an overview of the human rights political mechanisms and expert bodies available to activists at the Human Rights Council, as well as resources for how they can be utilized.

    20 November 2017 | MSMGF
  • Police accused of exaggerating risks of HIV to introduce spit guards

    A police force has been accused of fear mongering and stigmatising sufferers of hepatitis C and HIV by playing up the risks of transmission of blood-borne viruses as a reason to introduce spit guards.

    20 November 2017 | The Guardian
  • This Is What It's Like To Be One Of The Men Infected By HIV In Britain's First Case Of Deliberate Transmission

    Despite the nature of Rowe’s crimes, and the multiple tabloid headlines surrounding this case screaming about an already highly stigmatised condition, this is not really a story about HIV. The virus was merely Rowe’s weapon of choice. This is a story about abuse.

    16 November 2017 | Buzzfeed
  • Australia says yes to same-sex marriage in historic postal survey

    Australia has taken a decisive step towards legislating marriage equality by Christmas after 61.6% of voters in an unprecedented national postal survey approved a change to the law to allow couples of the same sex to marry

    15 November 2017 | The Guardian
  • The S Word

    Misuse of the term 'stigma' continues to control the behaviours of people living with HIV. It is all too common to blame this monster in the dark, a beast lurking on the streets than it is to blame our own family and friends, the people we love for their fear or ignorance. And we also need to stop telling people living with HIV that they will be stigmatised.

    10 November 2017 | Alex Sparrowhawk (blog)
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