Monthly Archives: February 2014

Uganda anti-homosexuality bill and responses are among sources from 76 Crimes blog

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The 76 Crimes blog, which is included on Science Speaks’ blog roll, tracks human rights abuses and responses in 76 countries criminalizing homosexuality and has been a valuable resource for this blog. It is now more helpful than ever for those wanting to stay on top of recent developments in Uganda and Nigeria. The blog […]

Zambian activist acquittal brings hope to health and human rights landscape

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When police seized Paul Kasonkomona outside a Zambia television station last April, he had been arrested before and was ready to be arrested again. Kasonkomona, who had fought to make second line treatments for HIV accessible to all who needed them in his country, and who had stood up for the rights of the poorest […]

CROI 2014: Science Speaks will cover breaking developments in prevention, treatment and care from the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston March 3 – 6

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When clinicians and researchers from around the world gather in Boston to share findings, methods and questions from their ongoing work to fight HIV, AIDS and related illnesses next week, Science Speaks will be there, and post highlights here. Highlights will include news on clinical trials, the impact of advanced diagnostic tools on tuberculosis death […]

As Ugandan nurse is tried in court and media, HIV treatment becomes prosecution evidence

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Charged with a statute that HIV community and human rights advocates say hasn’t been put to use in half a century, Ugandan nurse Rosemary Namubiru will have to wait for a court to decide what happened when she tried to insert an intravenous needle into the arm of a two year old patient about two […]

Hepatitis C and HIV co-infection highlight need for equitable treatment access, amfAR brief says

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The new issue brief from amfAR highlights a peculiar global health conundrum —  people living with HIV, a disease for which no cure yet exists, survive with treatment only to die of a disease that can be cured. One example has long been tuberculosis. This brief puts the spotlight on Hepatitis C and HIV: Addressing […]

In the Face of Discrimination, Keep Going

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The following is a guest post by Naomi Rutenberg, Ph.D., Vice President and Director for HIV and AIDS at the Population Council. The HIV epidemic, it has been said, is at a turning point. Recent evidence suggests that this is true: Globally, the rate of new infections and the number of AIDS-related deaths have both decreased. More […]

Outrage at home and abroad: we’re reading reactions to the Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill

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State Department response to Uganda anti-homosexuality bill: In a statement released yesterday by the State Department, Secretary of State John Kerry denounced Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s signing of the anti-homosexuality bill, which calls for life imprisonment for people living with HIV who commit homosexual acts, and expressed concern over HIV control efforts now that homosexuality […]

Ugandan President signs anti-homosexuality bill, hinders HIV/AIDS control efforts

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law today an anti-homosexuality bill which criminalizes homosexual acts, despite vocal opposition by global health leaders who say such legislation not only violates human rights, but will reverse gains made in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Uganda, where over 1.5 million people are living with HIV. The bill proposes […]

HIV infant diagnosis follow shows challenges to successful program

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In Botswana, where in 2011 more than 30 percent of pregnant women were estimated to have HIV,  rates of mother to child transmission of HIV have dropped in the last decade from as high as 40 percent, to less than 4 percent. Between 2005 and 2012, of more than 10,000 infants exposed to HIV, more […]