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Will the Genetic Analysis–Based HIV Surveillance Safeguard Privacy?

The CDC is beginning to use molecular surveillance of HIV to identify transmission clusters, which has some privacy advocates concerned.

Published
14 August 2018
From
Poz
Outcry in Uganda over compulsory HIV test

Uganda wants to begin compulsory HIV/AIDS testing of students due to the rising number of new infections. The proposal has raised concerns over privacy.

Published
02 August 2018
From
Deutsche Welle
UNAIDS welcomes establishment of an Independent Expert Panel on addressing and preventing harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power

Following the call by the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, for an external high-level independent panel to provide recommendations to UNAIDS to further strengthen implementation of its zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment, the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board agreed to create an Independent Expert Panel.

Published
22 July 2018
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UNAIDS
Data on Thousands With HIV Left on Unprotected Computer Server

These Tennesseans “are scared to death that their family and friends are going to find out they are positive.”

Published
18 July 2018
From
Poz
Federal jury awards HIV patient $18.4 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

A federal jury in Boston on Monday awarded $18.4 million in damages to a man who alleged that two of his former physicians failed to test him for HIV despite risk factors that made him more vulnerable to contracting the disease.

Published
20 June 2018
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The Boston Globe
NHS surgeon hid his HIV from bosses sparking nationwide alert

An NHS surgeon who kept his HIV infection secret because he feared he would be stigmatised triggered a nationwide search for people he may have contaminated, a court heard.

Published
20 June 2018
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Daily Telegraph
Data Collection Is Revolutionizing HIV Surveillance and Care, but at the Cost of Privacy?

Increasingly, public health and other medical providers -- health insurers, pharmacists, etc. -- either have data systems that speak to each other or have access across different institutions. The revolution in data collection has given public health a new set of tools to address HIV and other infectious diseases, but questions about how these data are used and whether they have the potential to cause harm will likely lead to burgeoning debate.

Published
15 June 2018
From
The Body Pro
‘Opt-out’ testing for HIV and hep C is seen as coercive by many prisoners

A new study among people entering prison in the USA suggests ‘opt-out’ testing approaches for HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) may need reconsideration.

Published
15 June 2018
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AVERT
Brighton Argus was right to name HIV hairdresser before he was charged, IPSO rules

A regional daily was justified in naming a hairdresser later found guilty of deliberately infecting men with HIV before he had been charged by police, the press watchdog has ruled.

Published
25 May 2018
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Hold The Front Page
Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and Grindr: Frank Pasquale Talks About Big Data and HIV Disclosure

Recent scandals involving Facebook's selling the data of its users to Cambridge Analytica and gay-dating app Grindr's mea culpa on selling data on the HIV status of its users have raised a lot of questions about privacy and the unintended consequences for people with HIV, or using PrEP, or just searching for information on those issues on social media. I spoke to Frank Pasquale, J.D., M.Phil., professor of law with the University of Maryland about these issues. Pasquale is an expert on the law of big data, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and algorithms.

Published
11 April 2018
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The Body
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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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