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22 AUGUST VOLUME 15 ISSUE 34

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  • When a Ugandan court overturned the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act this month, rights activists worldwide claimed a victory. But not gay Ugandans who fled persecution to live in a refugee camp in neighboring Kenya. "The reaction shocked me. I went there. I thought it would be a celebration, but ... nothing," said Brizan Ogollan, founder of an aid organization that works in Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp.... 
    August 21, 2014
    Yahoo News
  • What are we going to do with the almost 120,000 virgins that are already HIV positive? Zambians need to urgently wake up to the fact that preaching abstinence is no longer the best weapon against the spread of the virus that causes AIDS....
    August 21, 2014
    Daily Mail
  • They say there is a war on and its target is the deadly human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This war runs worldwide but its main battleground is sub-Saharan Africa....Yet a look at the defence budgets of several countries plagued by HIV portrays a startling picture of governments’ priorities, with huge military expenditures belying the argument that the key obstacle to winning the war against AIDS is money....
     
    August 21, 2014
    IPS News
  • Health cabinet secretary James Macharia has launched the Kenya HIV prevention roadmap that will help the country track the AIDS cases and trends in view of curbing the spread. His ministry through the National AIDS Control Council has...taken a national data and divided it down to counties with a view of providing information of people who have HIV/AIDS and those who need treatment.
     
    August 20, 2014
    Standard Digital News
  • Since leaving office, former President George W. Bush hasn’t seemed too nostalgic for his days in the White House. But next month, Bush will return to Washington to participate in an event focused on one issue he has carried on post-presidency: The HIV/AIDs fight.... Billed as a “conversation,” Bush will be the main event at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America annual Research and Hope Awards ceremony Sept. 10.
    August 19, 2014
    Washington Post
  • Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a bill into law to criminalize HIV transmission and impose other measures public health activists say will make it even harder to get Uganda’s severe epidemic under control. The copy of the signed legislation obtained by public health advocates is dated July 31, but official documents are frequently back-dated by Ugandan officials and so its possible that Museveni only signed the law in the past few days.
     
    August 19, 2014
    BuzzFeed
  • Richard Nakamura, director of the NIH Center for Scientific Review, does not consider himself racially biased. Yet a test of his speed at associating certain words with faces of different races revealed a slight unconscious prejudice against minorities. If he...harbours these inclinations, he wonders, are grant reviewers affected as well? To answer that question, the NIH will launch ambitious analyses beginning in September to determine whether bias hampers minority scientists who seek agency funding.
     
    August 19, 2014
    Nature
  • The Sinikithemba HIV clinic at McCord Hospital in Durban...was considered...“a Center of Excellence.” But, as [PEPFAR] began its five-year plan to roughly halve its contribution in South Africa..., the hospital, with no alternative funding, had to move fast to transfer nearly 4,000 patients to community based clinics between March and June of 2012. Too fast, reports, commentaries and remarks from people close and connected to the process, have indicated....
    August 18, 2014
    Science Speaks
  • Barbara Kemigisa used to call herself an “HIV/AIDS campaigner”. These days she would rather be known as an “HIV/AIDS family planning campaigner”. “We need to reduce unplanned pregnancies and the HIV infection rate in our country,” Kemigisa told IPS....“It’s about dual protection"....Uganda’s modern contraceptive use has slowly increased to 26 percent. Though low, this level likely averted 20 percent of paediatric HIV infections and 13 percent of AIDS-related children’s deaths....
     
    August 18, 2014
    IPS
  • We live in a data-driven world....Yet when it comes to ending one of the gravest health conditions for over the past 30 years, the AIDS pandemic, decision-makers are often working with incomplete information—either because the data they need does not exist or because the best available information isn’t being used to guide decisions.
    August 18, 2014
    The Hill
  • Heal Africa, which works with victims, mostly women, in North Kivu and Maniema provinces, said it had identified 2,829 survivors of sexual violence and treated 1,573 of them since January. The group, which runs a hospital in the North Kivu capital of Goma specialising in treating sexual assault victims, said many of the women had been raped and had come for medical care and treatment to prevent HIV infection.
     
    August 18, 2014
    Yahoo News
  • Electromagnetism can detect AIDS. The "Complete Cure Device" can wipe out the virus. The Egyptian military made those claims earlier this year, but now they have backtracked after the announcement was widely denounced by scientists, including Egypt's own science adviser....The Complete Cure Device is just one more false promise in the ongoing fight against AIDS. It is a reminder, too, that for 15 years, beginning in the early 1980s, AIDS was a slaughter, shrouded in mystery, of people in the prime of their lives.
     
    August 17, 2014
    NPR
  • The last few years have been rough for the NIH. The agency’s flat budget...has forced director Francis Collins to make tough choices about which programmes to support....Collins has remained upbeat and hopeful that the situation will turn around, even as he warns the US Congress about the risk that the United States will fall behind in biomedical research. Nature caught up with Collins to talk about how the NIH is adapting.
    August 15, 2014
    Nature
  • Two passengers with HIV are suing a budget Chinese airline for refusing to let them board a plane. Local media reports say the two men and a friend - who does not have HIV - were prevented from boarding a Spring Airlines plane at Shenyang airport. The three of them are accusing the airline of discrimination. A court in Shenyang accepted their case on Friday....
    August 15, 2014
    BBC
  • Dorian Wilde, 26, an activist from Malaysia, was thrilled to be invited to the 2014 World Professional Association of Transgender Health symposium in Bangkok, but his journey was fraught. His experience is not unique - to him, to Malaysia, or to air travel...Transgender people everywhere face extraordinary barriers when attempting to access services, including the most essential, such as healthcare....
    August 14, 2014
    IRIN
  • In the rush to save babies from HIV infection and treat their mothers, experts warn that a key element of HIV prevention is being neglected in Africa – contraceptives for HIV positive women. Yet contraception is the second pillar of successful prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child (PMTCT), along with preventing infection among women and babies, and caring for those infected.
    August 14, 2014
    IPS
  • An Australian-developed virus-killing condom is a step closer to sale, following a key regulatory approval....These condoms have now received Conformity Assessment Certification from Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Starpharma's chief executive Dr Jackie Fairley says this approval means that the condoms should be available to consumers in Australia within months.
    July 23, 2014
    ABC

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