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AIDS Expert Calls For Universal HIV Testing For Children In Zimbabwe

Thomson Reuters Foundation: HIV-positive teens dying after hospitals and guardians fail to test them “Thousands of HIV-positive children are suffering and dying unnecessarily because of late diagnosis, a Zimbabwe-based expert on HIV/AIDS said, calling for universal testing of children entering health facilities in high prevalence countries…” (Migiro, 2/19).

U.S. Calls For Repeal Of Ugandan Law Criminalizing Homosexuality

News sources continue to cover international reaction to Uganda President Yoweri Museveni’s signing of an Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Reuters: U.S. says reviewing relationship with Uganda government “The United States said on Monday it is reviewing its relationship with Uganda’s government, including U.S. assistance programs that are heavily focused on fighting HIV/AIDS,…

CDC Shifts Language From ‘Unprotected Sex’ To ‘Condomless Sex’

“…In January, the CDC announced on a call with more than 80 advocates that it would indeed change the decades-old language. Now, instead of referring to ‘unprotected sex’ to mean sex without a condom, the CDC will refer simply refer to it as ‘condomless sex,'” RH Reality Check reports. “…The…

Malawi Sex Workers Forced To Take HIV Tests Seek Damages

Agence France-Presse: Malawi sex workers push for damages after forced HIV test “Fourteen sex workers arrested by police in Malawi and forced to take HIV tests launched a fresh bid to seek damages in court on Tuesday. The group was detained in 2009, hauled to a government hospital for HIV…

Caribbean Nations Release Strategies To Improve HIV/AIDS Programs

CMC/Caribbean360: Eight Caribbean countries to strengthen HIV programs — UNAIDS “UNAIDS Caribbean said Monday that eight regional countries have finalized specific strategies aimed at strengthening their HIV programs by making them more responsive to human rights…” (2/26).

Conference Aims To Strengthen Faith-Based Organizations’ Roles In Addressing HIV/AIDS

Vatican Radio: Strengthening role of churches in combating HIV/AIDS “An international conference on stepping up the fight against HIV/AIDS opened in Rome on Tuesday, with participants focused on how to strengthen the role of faith-based organizations. Jointly organized by UNAIDS and the global Catholic aid and development confederation Caritas Internationalis,…

Blogs Discuss Effects Of Ugandan Anti-Gay Law

Several blogs discuss the effects of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law on Monday. Managing Editor Mark Leon Goldberg writes in a U.N. Dispatch blog post about why the U.S. should not cut aid to Uganda (2/24). Ben Shepherd, associate fellow in the Africa Program…

Egypt’s Claims Of HIV, Hepatitis C Cures Dismissed As Political Ploy

New York Times: Disbelief After Egypt Announces Cures for AIDS and Hepatitis C “At a news conference late last week, an Egyptian Army doctor confidently announced that the country’s military had developed a cure for the virus that causes AIDS, as well as hepatitis C, one of Egypt’s gravest public…

AIDS-Free World Directors Ask For Removal Of U.N. Special Envoy For HIV/AIDS In Africa

In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Paula Donovan and Stephen Lewis, co-directors of AIDS-Free World, state, “We write to you out of deep concern regarding Ms. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. In the wake of Uganda’s passage of a law criminalizing homosexuality, Ms. Wandira-Kazibwe’s…