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‘Science Speaks’ Examines Impact Of Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law On USAID Missions

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses the implications of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality law on USAID’s ability to carry out its programs in country, noting that “USAID Uganda Mission Director Leslie Reed sent a memo to the contractors, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies with which the mission works…

Rare Case Of Female-To-Female HIV Transmission Reported

News outlets report on a new CDC report regarding a case of female-to-female HIV transmission. CNN: CDC: Rare female-to-female HIV transmission “A Texas woman apparently contracted HIV through sexual contact with another woman, the Centers for Disease Control reported Thursday, a rare female-to-female transmission of the virus. Testing confirmed the…

Health Care Workers Ask President To Put Pressure On Uganda, Nigeria To Reverse Anti-Gay Laws

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports, “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…

Blog Discusses The Economic Costs Of Homophobia

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on major themes at a World Bank event on the economic impact of homophobia, which include the cost of discrimination on the health and economies of nations (Aziz, 3/13).

Anti-Gay Laws Worsen The AIDS Crisis, Blog Says

Washington Post: Making the AIDS crisis worse Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist “…When Western governments lecture African countries about their retrograde views, it can feed a populist, anti-colonial backlash. When donors threaten to cut off aid, it can cause lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists to cringe — fearing they…

U.N. Official Says Nigeria’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage May Harm Public Health

Agence France-Presse: U.N. rights chief slams Nigeria ban on gay marriage “The U.N. rights chief, Navi Pillay, Thursday said Nigeria’s recent ban on same-sex marriage violated human rights and the nation’s constitution. … President Goodluck Jonathan had in January approved a bill banning gay marriage and same-sex partnerships that sparked…

U.S. Suspends Aid To Uganda Because Of Anti-Gay Law

Reuters: U.S. suspends some aid to Uganda over anti-gay law “The United States has suspended some aid to Uganda’s ministry of health, officials said on Thursday, in its first concrete move reported in response to the passing of an anti-homosexuality law…” (Croome, 3/13).

Blog Summarizes CROI Symposium, Recent Articles

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” reports on a symposium that took place at last week’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), which “showed how existing information, including from Demographic and Health Surveys, combined with sentinel surveillance from more limited populations, can gather critical information on the…

UNAIDS Ready To Join Lawsuit Challenging Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law

BuzzFeed: UNAIDS Is ‘Prepared’ To Join Lawsuit Against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, Top Official Says “Luiz Loures, deputy director of UNAIDS and assistant secretary general of the United Nations, said Wednesday that UNAIDS is ready to join a lawsuit filed in a Ugandan court on Tuesday challenging the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act…”…

Experts Urge Laos To Increase Efforts To Address HIV/AIDS

IRIN: More work on HIV in Laos needed “Health officials say more work is needed to fight HIV/AIDS in Laos, which has an over-reliance on foreign donors and lack of government support, as well as limited treatment coverage and a widespread gap of awareness and testing…” (3/12).