Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Ugandan nurse Rosemary Namubiru faces three years in prison, while charge against her remains misreported, misunderstood

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Local advocate calls ruling a legal precedent to stigmatize and discriminate against people living with HIV Rosemary Namubiru, a nurse in her mid-60s living with HIV, who was charged with criminal negligence after a workplace accident involving an injection, was sentenced to three years in prison in a Ugandan court today. According to people in […]

Ugandan women living with HIV urge Museveni not to sign bill that forces testing, criminalizes transmission, and breaches confidentiality

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Parliament committee notes that clauses run counter to international HIV, human rights guidelines against laws creating HIV-specific crimes “The House may wish to note that the situation of HIV in the country is very bad,” begins the Ugandan Parliament Committee on Health report on the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Bill passed Tuesday. The […]

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 […]

Physicians signing letter to Uganda President on anti-homosexuality bill include former Vice President, now UN’s envoy for HIV in Africa

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The letter from physicians, researchers and academics explaining the science of sexual orientation and the impact of laws criminalizing homosexuality that appeared as a full page ad in a Uganda newspaper last week went directly to Uganda President Yoweri Museveni today, with the endorsement of 14 organizations (including the IDSA Center for Global Health Policy, which […]

Dr. Deborah Birx: Fighting AIDS with research and treatment changed landscapes of care, prevention, colleagues say

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Two events make up the pillars of the narrative people who have worked with Dr. Deborah Birx tell, when they talk about the the physician researcher who has been nominated to lead the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. One event concerns the only clinical trial for an HIV vaccine candidate to yield proof of […]

With new HIV-linked gender analysis requirement, PEPFAR strategy confronts barriers of sexual “norms and expectations”

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President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Updated Gender Strategy lays out “Who, Why, What and How” of Gender and HIV, while gaps highlight divide between plan and practice The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Updated Gender Strategy begins with a notice of a new requirement, made prominent with upper-case letters, underlined and printed in red, […]

From medical services to legal rights, nationwide and spanning continents, reports take on appropriate HIV responses for all

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What if all countries grappling with HIV worked to ensure that the most effective evidence-based prevention, healthcare and treatment measures got to everyone affected by the epidemic? What if they compared their policies and services to best practices and worked to eliminate human rights obstacles and add critical and culturally appropriate components to their responses? […]

Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill makes this International Human Rights Day a time to look at health impacts of homophobic landscapes

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The Ugandan Parliament speaker’s promise to present his country with the “Christmas present” of a revived anti-homosexuality bill has led, in turn to a revived interest in the human rights landscape of that country, three years after the bill with its death penalty provision for “aggravated homosexuality” was first announced. The most recent attention, with […]

Study adds reason to overcome barriers to more effective children’s HIV treatment

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The yield from an National Institutes of Health-funded study could improve the odds for children living with HIV in malaria-prone areas, showing that an antiretroviral treatment that has not been commonly used in those areas can add to the protection offered by anti-malaria drugs. The treatment includes a combination of two drugs — lopinavir and […]

Condom gap “quite disturbing” according to PEPFAR

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There is a pervasive pattern of stockouts of condoms, both male and female condoms, in African countries confronting HIV/AIDS, according to Carolyn Ryan, MD, MPH, director of technical leadership at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).

She called the condom gap “really quite disturbing,” given that condoms are a crucial tool for HIV prevention. While HIV incidence has fallen in recent years, in 2009 there were an estimated 2.6 million people newly infected with HIV, meaning that about 7000 people are acquiring the infection each day.