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Opinions: Uganda Anti-Gay Bill; Clinton’s Foreign Policy Speech; PEPFAR

Washington Post Editorial Voices Disapproval Of Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill A Washington Post editorial calles anti-gay legislation currently under consideration in Uganda “an atrocity.” The authors of the editorial write that under the legislation, “anyone convicted of ‘aggravated homosexuality,’ which could mean someone who is HIV-positive and is intimate with another person of the…

Also In Global Health News: Afghan Waste Management, Social Issues; Male Circumcision In Kenya; Somalia, WFP; HIV/AIDS Fight In Malawi

$60M USAID Waste Management Project In Afghanistan USAID will spend $60 million through 2012 on “waste management, drainage channels and roadside ditches, the rehabilitation of city parks and sports fields, and other greenery programmes in Kabul,” Afghanistan, IRIN reports. The article also looks at the health effects of unmanaged waste in…

Study Suggests Why Circumcised Men Less Likely To Become Infected With HIV

A PLoS One study published Tuesday sheds a new light on why men who have been circumcised are less likely to become infected with HIV, ANI/Times of India reports (1/6). Pooling data from “three randomized-control trials in sub-Saharan Africa, where the circumcision rate is relatively low and the HIV infection rate is relatively high,” the researchers from the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Johns Hopkins University found “for the first time that circumcision significantly changes the bacterial community of the penis,” according to a TGen press release.

Also In Global Health News: Tajikistan Earthquake; WHO Head Marks 2009 Milestones; Mexico Health Program; Dry Toilets; Kenya HIV Testing

About 20,000 People Homeless After Tajikistan Earthquake, Officials Say “Tajikistan officials say about 20,000 people have been left homeless after an earthquake rocked the impoverished central Asian nation” on Saturday, VOA News reports. The quake severed electrical supplies and communications in affected areas, officials said (1/3). A regional spokesperson for…

AP Series Examines Worldwide Impact Of Drug Resistance

The Associated Press reports on how the misuse of drugs worldwide has contributed to drug-resistant diseases in a series of articles following a six-month investigation by the news service. The AP examines growing resistance to HIV drugs: “Ten years ago, between 1 percent and 5 percent of HIV patients worldwide…

Independent Examines Diseases That Jump From Animals To Humans

The Independent examines the expansion of human diseases that originated in animals. “At least 45 diseases that have passed from animals to humans have been reported to U.N. agencies in the last two decades, with the number expected to escalate in the coming years,” the Independent writes.