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The Violence of Uncertainty — Undermining Immigrant and Refugee Health

"Immigrants and refugees in the United States have long faced structural violence due to unequal access to health care. Now we are seeing an emerging form of violence inflicted on these groups, enacted through systematic personal, social, and institutional instability that exacerbates inequality and injects fear into the most basic of daily interactions. We refer to such violence as “the violence of uncertainty.”

Published
02 October 2018
From
NEJM
Court Case Hoping to End Pentagon’s HIV Discharges Will Move Forward

The Trump administration had asked that the lawsuit be dismissed.

Published
24 September 2018
From
Poz
US Military Defends Policy That Could Kick Out Soldiers With HIV

The Trump administration defended a new military policy that will allegedly result in HIV-positive service members being fired in violation of their constitutional rights when it takes effect Oct. 1.

Published
11 September 2018
From
Bloomberg
UNAIDS welcomes ground-breaking decision by India’s Supreme Court that strikes down law criminalizing LGBTI people

UNAIDS welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court of India to annul key provisions of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Section 377 criminalizes sexual relations between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. 

Published
06 September 2018
From
UNAIDS
South Korea rights commission calls for better HIV, AIDS patient care

South Korea's health ministries have adopted recommendations from Seoul's National Human Rights Commission to improve anti-discriminatory policies for HIV and AIDS patients.

Published
31 August 2018
From
UPI.com
UK aid raises the voices of grassroots HIV organisations

The UK has today (Wednesday 25 July) committed to increase its support to help people in grassroots organisations keep HIV on the agenda in countries around the world. DFID will step up its support for the Robert Carr Fund - an organisation dedicated to supporting community networks across the world which help people with HIV to realise their human rights, tackle stigma, and advocate for policy change.

Published
26 July 2018
From
UK Department for International Development
HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health – 2018 Supplement

Discrimination against vulnerable and marginalized communities is seriously hampering the global effort to tackle the HIV epidemic according to a groundbreaking new report by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law.

Published
23 July 2018
From
Reliefweb
U.S. Soldiers With HIV Say Trump's New Policy Will Force Them Out

A U.S. soldier asked a federal judge to bar the Trump administration from firing HIV-positive service members from the military under a new “Deploy or Get Out!” policy intended to improve readiness.

Published
20 July 2018
From
Bloomberg
Fear of contagion clouds our thinking about the transmission of HIV

There is no legal obligation on a person with HIV to disclose their status, nor is there a law that provides a specific penalty for knowingly transmitting the disease. For the second time this year, this legal situation is being tested in the courts. This raises serious questions about our understanding both of HIV the disease and of personal responsibility with regard to health. Is the contraction of HIV, now a treatable long-term condition, “serious harm”? Who is at fault for contracting a disease? What does fault mean? These are very difficult questions and have vexed societies for as long as contagious diseases have circulated them.

Published
12 July 2018
From
Irish Times
Indonesia: Anti-LGBT Crackdown Fuels Health Crisis

Indonesian authorities are fueling an HIV epidemic through complicity in discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The government’s failure to halt arbitrary and unlawful raids by police and militant Islamists on private LGBT gatherings has effectively derailed public health outreach efforts to vulnerable populations.

Published
02 July 2018
From
Human Rights Watch
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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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