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Misunderstanding Of Sex Hinders Effective HIV Prevention Strategies, Experts Say

IRIN: Does the global HIV response understand sex? “Stigma, squeamishness, and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behavior, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards ‘sex positive’ approaches could enhance social acceptance and…

More STI Cases Occurring Among Youth In Thailand, U.N. Report Says

News outlets discuss the findings of a report (.pdf) released by UNICEF that says more HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) cases are occurring among young people in Thailand. U.N. News Centre: HIV infections on rise among young gay men, other at-risk groups in Thailand — U.N. study “An estimated 70…

Ugandan President Signs Law Criminalizing HIV Transmission

BuzzFeed: Ugandan President Signs Law Criminalizing HIV Transmission “Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a bill into law to criminalize HIV transmission and impose other measures public health activists say will make it even harder to get Uganda’s severe epidemic under control…” (Feder, 8/19).

Media Outlets Examine Issues Surrounding Uganda’s Invalidated Anti-Gay Law

News outlets examine the fallout from Uganda’s anti-gay law and examine the situation after the country’s constitutional court invalidated the law earlier this month. Associated Press: Ugandan gays who fled to Kenya still feel danger “When a Ugandan court overturned the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act this month, rights activists worldwide claimed…

IRIN Reports From Transgender Health Symposium In Bangkok

IRIN reports from the 2014 World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) symposium in Bangkok. IRIN: Right to dignity — barriers to health care for transgenders “…From being labelled as having a disorder to shouldering the burden of some of the highest rates of violence and HIV infection in the…

Blog Provides ‘Roundup’ Of Global Health Issues, Related Politics

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: While Museveni mulls ‘harmonized’ homophobia, no news from Nigeria is bad news, Kenya considers death by stoning, and smiling faces hide ugly truths… We’re reading about politics over public health Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at…

Uganda National Academy Of Sciences President Speaks About Anti-Gay Law

Science Magazine: Ugandan academy president speaks out on anti-gay law “…In the days before [Uganda President Yoweri] Museveni signed the [anti-gay] bill, the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) avoided being drawn into the controversy by declining a request from the government to conduct a rushed review of the scientific…

Ugandan President Not Rushing Reintroduction Of Anti-Gay Law, Lawmaker Says

News outlets report on the upcoming reintroduction of the controversial anti-gay law that was invalidated by the Ugandan court earlier this month. Associated Press/Washington Post: Uganda president not keen on rushing anti-gay law “President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is urging parliamentarians not to rush to reintroduce a controversial anti-gay law…

Blog Recaps Responses To Court Decision To Invalidate Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: “I am no longer criminal…” Following Uganda law dismissal, we’re reading responses and results “In the wake of the major victory for public health and human rights that the nullification last week of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act represents… [Antigone Bartone, writer and editor of…

USAID Launches Project To Tackle HIV In Vietnam

Xinhua News/Global Post: USAID helps Vietnam tackle HIV infections “The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a two-year project to improve community response to HIV in Vietnam’s southern Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho City and An Giang province, local Thanh Nien (Youth) reported Tuesday…” (8/5).