Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Uganda anti-homosexuality law ramifications and consequences unfold in “complicated” relationship with US

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Human rights responses not “mutually exclusive,” State Department says The question was: How would the decision to send increased United States military support to Uganda to track down human rights violator and warlord Joseph Kony affect the United States review of aid to the country where Parliament and President just approved their own human rights […]

Uganda anti-homosexuality law: As USAID, “partners” disagree, next steps unclear

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But ribbon cuttings are under consideration . . . Four days after the President Yoweri Museveni signed Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, USAID Uganda Mission Director Leslie Reed sent a memo to the contractors, nonprofit organizations and government agencies with which the mission works advising “that all external events, ribbon cuttings, workshops, launches and/or program […]

Assumptions on sexual behavior, prevention messages are risky business in HIV responses

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Sometimes, comparing two countries can tell you more about what you don’t know, than about what you do. Take one country, for example, where the average age of first sexual experience for young people is a little more than 16, fewer than 36 percent of young women used a condom during their last sex act, […]

HIV doctors, nurses to Obama: Redirect funds, protect patients, providers threatened by Nigeria and Uganda anti-gay laws

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More than 900 physicians, researchers, nurses and other health care workers from institutions, facilities and organizations tackling HIV around the world sent a letter to President Obama today expressing horror over anti-homosexuality laws recently passed in Uganda and Nigeria and urging the president to follow words condemning the laws with action. The new laws in […]

Birx appears in front of Senate Foreign Relations before confirmation vote

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“Before there was PEPFAR or the Global Fund, Dr. Birx was leading the charge in changing this disease,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)  said Thursday, as he introduced his constituent, and President Obama’s nominee to be the next United States global AIDS coordinator to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I don’t think I’ve ever introduced a […]