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Poor Quality Condoms Could Undermine HIV Prevention Work In Vietnam

IRIN: Vietnam’s counterfeit condom crisis “A new report warning that nearly half of the commercially available condoms in Vietnam are of poor quality has health officials worried the country’s tenuous gains in safer sex habits could be at risk…” (6/9).

Letter Asks U.N. SG Not To Appoint Ugandan Official As Head Of General Assembly

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: With Uganda foreign minister set to lead United Nations General Assembly, human rights, HIV treatment advocates urge action Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses an open letter addressed to…

Protests Surround Firing Of HIV Expert At Jamaican University

Associated Press/Washington Post: Protest over Jamaica university firing AIDS doctor “Religious activists, students, and colleagues gathered outside Jamaica’s biggest university Monday to protest the firing of an HIV expert who testified on behalf of church groups defending an anti-sodomy law…” (McFadden, 5/26).

Anti-Gay Law, New Bill Threaten AIDS Response In Uganda

Devex: After anti-gay law, new bill threatens fight against HIV in Uganda “Three months after it was signed by President Yoweri Museveni, the real implications of Uganda’s controversial anti-gay law are starting to be truly felt by the international aid community. … [N]ow another bill threatens to criminalize intentional transmission…

Number Of HIV Cases Rising Among MSM In Vietnam

Thomson Reuters Foundation: HIV rising among men having sex with men in Vietnam “Long overshadowed by the government’s attention to other at-risk groups, Vietnam is failing to stem HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM), a group that is hidden due to social stigma…” (Kimmons, 5/16).

CSIS Report Examines Policy Implications Of Homophobia In Africa

CSIS: Revitalizing the Fight against Homophobia in Africa In this report, Richard Downie, deputy director and fellow at the CSIS Africa Program, “examines the current situation and offers recommendations for U.S. policymakers to consider as they confront the dilemma of advocating respect for human rights while avoiding backlash from governments…

UNAIDS Addresses HIV Vaccine Research, LGBTI Human Rights

In two press releases, UNAIDS addresses HIV vaccine research and LGBTI human rights in the context of HIV. UNAIDS: On HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, UNAIDS calls for scaled-up action to find a vaccine for HIV “On HIV Vaccine Awareness Day UNAIDS is urging for global efforts to be stepped up…

Homophobia In Africa Is Symptom Of ‘A Larger Dysfunctional State,’ Says Blog

Humanosphere: Op-Ed: African governments’ exploitation of homophobia harms all of us Anthony Natif, a pharmacist in Uganda; Toyosi Adejumo, a Nigerian physician; and Nathan Furukawa, a medical student at the University of Washington in Seattle, discuss the exploitation of homophobia in Africa and suggest that “such violations are symptoms of…