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IPS Profiles Advocacy Group For Sexual Minorities With HIV In Uganda

Inter Press Service profiles the “Come Out Post-Test Club,” which was established earlier this year as “a safe space and advocacy group for trans women sex workers living with HIV” in Kampala, Uganda. “The club’s executive secretary, Bad Black, says it is helping to fill a desperately needed gap in…

Activists In India React To Supreme Court’s Decision To Reinstate Gay Sex Ban

“Human rights have taken a step back in India, activists say after the Supreme Court overturned a ruling of the High Court that had earlier lifted the ban on gay sex,” Inter Press Service reports. “Many people in India, not necessarily from the LGBT community, believe the upholding of Section…

Indian Government Should Repeal Law Banning Gay Sex

“India’s Supreme Court issued a disgraceful ruling against human rights in reinstating a law that bans gay sex” on Wednesday, when “the court reversed a landmark 2009 decision by the Delhi High Court that decriminalized sex between consenting adults regardless of their gender,” a New York Times editorial states. “At…

India’s Supreme Court Reinstates Gay Sex Ban

“India’s Supreme Court struck down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexual conduct, dealing a blow Wednesday to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India’s deeply conservative society,” the Associated Press reports (George, 12/11). “Known as Section 377, the law has…

Ghana Launches Web-Based System For Reporting HIV-Related Discrimination

“On December 2 at World AIDS Day observations in Ghana, His Excellency Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur presided over the launch of a new web-based system for reporting HIV-related discrimination” that “will support people living with HIV and other key populations in upholding their rights and fighting discrimination,” Ron MacInnis,…

China Sees Rise In HIV Among Youth, MSM

“Two decades after tens of thousands — some say hundreds of thousands — of Chinese contracted HIV from contaminated blood products in an epidemic that raged in the 1990s, the major transmission route today is sex, according to Chinese media reports, citing figures from the National Health and Family Planning…

UNAIDS’ ‘Zero Discrimination’ Campaign Discourages Criminalization Of HIV Transmission

UNAIDS’ “Zero Discrimination” campaign, launched this week, “among other goals, seeks to discourage countries from criminalizing the transmission of HIV,” Slate reports. “Over 63 countries have laws on the books, mandating criminal penalties for HIV-positive people who engage in sex without disclosing their status, according to the organization,” the news…

Compassion Necessary Component For Ending AIDS

In an Atlantic opinion piece, singer and songwriter Sir Elton John writes about his experiences with HIV/AIDS and recounts the work of several organizations, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “I’ve seen the difference these heroes are making. … I’ve seen with my own eyes what’s possible when compassion is…