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16 MAY 2014, VOLUME 15, ISSUE 20

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  • Federal health officials recommended Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk for AIDS take a daily pill shown to prevent infection with the virus that causes it. If broadly followed, the advice could transform AIDS prevention in the United States - from reliance on condoms, effective but unpopular with many men, to a regimen that relies on an antiretroviral drug [Truvada].

    May 15, 2014
    New York Times
  • ...In a release condemning the passage of legislation, the International Community of Women Living with HIV points to the impact mandatory testing of pregnant women and their partners will have, discouraging women from seeking antenatal care and putting more children at risk of perinatal infection as a result. In addition the group's release points to the bill's clause encouraging health workers to divulge the status of people living with HIV.

    May 14, 2014
    Science Speaks
  • Human Rights Watch has warned that the HIV Prevention and Control Act passed by the Ugandan parliament on May 13, 2014, is discriminatory and will impede the fight against AIDS. HRW said the bill includes mandatory HIV testing for pregnant women and their partners, and allows medical providers to disclose a patient's HIV status to others. The bill also criminalizes HIV transmission, attempted transmission, and behavior that might result in transmission by those who know their HIV status.

    May 14, 2014
    Africa Science News
  • On the morning of Saturday 12 April, ten police officers raided Maaygo, a men's health and HIV/AIDS advocacy organization in a residential area of Kisumu in western Kenya. Staff watched helplessly as the officers confiscated information leaflets and even the model penis used in condom demonstrations.

    May 14, 2014
    Nature
  • More than two decades ago, the NIH established the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH). At that time, the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, women's health advocacy groups and NIH scientists and leaders agreed that excluding women from clinical research was bad for women and bad for science.

    May 14, 2014
    Nature
  • Healthy people at risk for HIV are advised to take daily pills that cut the odds of infection by more than 90 percent, US health officials said in the first formal recommendation on using the drugs as a preventative...For HIV, "there's no vaccine and cure in the near horizon. Prevention is key," Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC's national center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB prevention, said....

    May 14, 2014
    Bloomberg
  • The sheer volume of bile spewing from the mouth of the Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, is staggering. But just as awe-inducing, and stomach-churning, is the unrestrained breadth of its variety, which makes putting the offenses in order - if one were inclined to - nearly impossible. But high on any list - on a par with the racism, sexism, misogyny, paternalistic plantation thinking and bias cloaked in benevolence - has to be Sterling's attempt to AIDS-shame Magic Johnson.

    May 14, 2014
    New York Times
  • Uganda has made it a crime to "wilfully and intentionally" transmit the HIV virus and made it legal for medical staff to disclose a patient's HIV status to others without his or her consent. The law was passed on Tuesday, a parliamentary spokeswoman said, in response to a resurgence in HIV infections in a country that was once hailed as a success in the global fight against AIDS.

    May 14, 2014
    Reuters
  • In a speech given on the opening day of the 4th Conference on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Kazatchkine said, "I want to take this opportunity to call on the Russian and regional medical and scientific community to engage in the open and evidence-based debate on preventing HIV/AIDS that for too long has not been a real confrontation between evidence and evidence, but an issue where science has taken a back seat to politics and ideology.

    May 13, 2014
    Huffington Post
  • Ugandan lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill criminalizing the "willful and intentional" transmission of HIV. The bill imposes jail sentences of up to 10 years for those found guilty and also requires pregnant women and their partners to get tested for the virus.

    May 13, 2014
    Voice of America
  • With clauses to establish a tax-fed fund for prevention, care and treatment of HIV, banning discrimination against people living with HIV, and provisions to ensure accurate and relevant information about the risks of acquiring HIV, Uganda would seem to be getting back on track to fight its HIV epidemic with its new HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Bill.

    May 13, 2014
    Science Speaks
  • The Sun News reported that as part of a new National HIV Prevention Plan, Nigeria recently passed a statute that requires mandatory HIV testing before couples can get married in Christian or Muslim religious ceremonies. Due to their informal makeup, traditional marriages were not included in this measure.

    May 13, 2014
    The Sun
  • So I'm getting AIDS tested the other day in Berlin. I'm surrounded by all these scared-straight brochures about HIV and AIDS in Germany. "Since the start of the epidemic," one of them says, "more than 27,000 people have died of AIDS in Germany."

    May 12, 2014
    New Republic
  • While around the world a vast majority of AIDS victims are men, Africa has long been the glaring exception: Nearly 60 percent are women. And while there are many theories, no one has been able to prove one.

    May 10, 2014
    New York Times

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