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Senior South Yorkshire Police officer cleared over HIV test comments

The controversy centered on comments made by Zuleika Payne, chair of the South Yorkshire branch of the Police Federation, about South Yorkshire Police's decision to introduce controversial spit guards. She said some colleagues had to undergo HIV tests after being spat at by suspects who were in the process of being arrested.

Published
20 October 2017
From
The Star
Gilead Continues To Block Ireland From Sourcing Generic Truvada

Gilead Sciences, the company that supplies Ireland with the drug Truvada, will have a full court hearing in mid-October to determine whether the Irish Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can source a generic analogue of the drug from the pharmaceutical giant’s competitors. In July, GCN reported that Gilead was taking legal action to stop the HSE from securing generic drug from Actavis and Mylan, the company’s competitors, for the purposes of HIV prevention as PrEP.

Published
16 October 2017
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Gay Community News
Gay rights activists welcome NHS questioning of patients over sexuality

NHS England has issued a new standard requiring staff to “record sexual orientation at every face to face contact with the patient, where no record of this data already exists”. It argues that the data is needed to ensure it meets its obligations under the 2010 Equality Act and will help it better tackle health problems that are more prevalent among lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Published
16 October 2017
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The Guardian
PrEP-ing for HIV prevention in Ireland

Lack of access to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is presenting dilemmas for the HSE, clinicians, the medicines regulator and those seeking the medication in Ireland. A recent memo to healthcare professionals sent on behalf of the HSE’s Working Group on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), discouraging them from directing patients to the activist-led website www.iwantPrEPnow.co.uk for information on sourcing pre-emptive antiretroviral therapy online, is a talking point among campaigners advocating for access.

Published
18 September 2017
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The Medical Independent
DaddyBear App Hooks Up Gay Men 'Not Living With HIV'

"The entire concept of the DaddyBear dating app ... is pathetic and hilarious," Mark S. King writes. "Their stated position on the HIV status of those daddies and bears, however, is frightening."

Published
06 September 2017
From
The Body
Trump’s team is rewriting a rule that made transgender health care accessible. Patients are scared.

The Trump administration is working to revise a section of the Affordable Care Act that says federally funded health programs cannot discriminate on the basis of sex. While the Obama administration made clear that this provision required states to cover transgender care through their Medicaid programs, the current administration is no longer enforcing the rule.

Published
05 September 2017
From
STAT
Indonesia cracks down on gays ... and fuels its HIV epidemic

Amid an explosion of infections, a hardline stance on homosexuality is making treatment a risky business.

Published
07 August 2017
From
South China Morning Post
Nigerian police arrest 42 gay men at HIV awareness event

Gay rights activist Bisi Alimi told the BBC the event that was held at the hotel was an awareness program aimed at HIV counseling and testing for the LGBT community in Nigeria.

Published
01 August 2017
From
Washington Blade
US, PEPFAR can do more to influence policies that hinder fight against HIV/AIDS

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, recognizes the negative role of stigma in the fight against HIV. However, authors of a study published this month by University of Washington researchers say the program has done little to address anti-gay legislation as the primary driver of stigma in Africa.

Published
28 June 2017
From
University of Washington School of Public Health
Russian 'gay propaganda' law ruled discriminatory by European court

A Russian law that bans gay “propaganda” encourages homophobia and discrimination, the European court of human rights has ruled, in a sharply worded rebuke to the Kremlin. The state has been ordered to pay damages totalling €43,000 (£37,800) plus costs and interest within three months.

Published
20 June 2017
From
The Guardian
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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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