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Combining structural, biomedical, behavioral responses to HIV can make difference for those at highest risks, and least access to services

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Carlos Laudari had a splinter. He got it on his way to a lunch meeting at Pathfinder International’s Washington, DC office, and although he was looking forward to the talk over lunch, he told the group there, the splinter distracted him. Laudari uses a cane, is not a young man, and can surely put so […]

Peer educators, big returns on modest investments, myths and realities: After a pivotal ruling, we’re reading about sex workers

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The big news in the fight against HIV by and among people engaged in sex work happened Thursday, with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against the policy requirement that kept PEPFAR money from going to any group that didn’t explicitly condemn prostitution. But oral arguments, as well as the court’s opinion, touched little on the […]

Supreme Court strikes down anti-prostitution AIDS funding requirement: “It violates the First Amendment and cannot be sustained”

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 IN 6-2 DECISION: “The Policy Requirement goes beyond defining the limits of the federally funded program to defining the recipient” Public health experts said the requirement stifled an essential exchange of ideas. Congressional representatives said the requirement distorted the intention of the act that authorized the U.S. global AIDS response. Global health advocates and groups […]

Guns, apartheid, recycling . . . all part of oral arguments as Supreme Court takes on “anti-prostitution pledge”

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What if the government was awarding a contract to fight malaria in a developing country, and an organization bidding for the work had all the technical expertise the work called for, but also a history of criticizing the government? Should that keep the organization from getting the contract? Could one of the strings attached to […]

As anti-prostitution pledge heads to Supreme Court, public health leaders file brief against it

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The case of the “anti-prostitution pledge” heading for the Supreme Court this month focuses on whether the requirement that groups funded by the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief create policies “explicitly” condemning prostitution is compatible with the First Amendment. A brief filed Wednesday in the case asks also if the requirement is compatible with […]

Does the anti-prostitution pledge violate the first amendment? Supreme Court to decide

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Sometime this spring, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether requiring organizations getting federal AIDS-fighting money to explicitly condemn prostitution is constitutional. For practical purposes the court’s decision will settle a question that has been answered two different ways by now, in the long and confusing trail that began when the requirement was added […]