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WHO Should Take Leadership Role To Ensure Access To Health Care For LGBT Community

Noting the WHO “has led efforts to reduce health disparities for women, ethnic, racial and religious minorities, those with disabilities, and others who have struggled to attain the health care they need,” Nils Daulaire, assistant secretary for global affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, writes in…

IPS Interviews UNAIDS Executive Director About Ending Stigma, Discrimination

While “[t]he global fight against HIV/AIDS has seen recent hard-won breakthroughs,” including a significant increase in the number of people with access to antiretroviral therapy, “ending stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV has proved more resistant, particularly so for those who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual,…

Recognizing International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

“Since [May 17] is International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, it is worth recognizing the importance of efforts to stop inequality and stigma faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people all over the world,” Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, writes…

Secretary Clinton Announces New Partnerships At Event Celebrating Power Of Collaboration

“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton [on Thursday] hosted over 200 representatives from business, non-governmental organizations, and civil society groups to celebrate the power of collaboration,” Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, and Kris Balderston, the special representative for global partnerships, write in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog. “We…

New York Times Examines Grassroots HIV Efforts Aimed At Gay Men In China

The New York Times examines grassroots HIV/AIDS outreach and testing efforts aimed at gay men in China. The newspaper highlights “Lingnan Health Center, an organization run largely by gay volunteers,” and recounts the story of Le, “a gay man who would give only his first name.” The newspaper writes he is “one of thousands of gay men in this bustling city of 13 million people who are benefiting from a pioneering experiment that supporters hope will revolutionize the way the Communist Party deals with non-government groups trying to stop the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.”

GlobalPost Reports On HIV/AIDS In Latin America

In its continuing series titled “The State of AIDS,” GlobalPost examines the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean, where “[m]ajor gains have been made in the fight against the spread of HIV” over the past decade, particularly in stopping mother-to-child transmission (MTCT). However, some countries in the region have some of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates outside of sub-Saharan Africa; “the disease continues to spread among certain at-risk populations,” such as men who have sex with men; and “nearly one-third of those infected in Latin America are still not getting treated,” the news service reports.