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Decriminalizing LGBT Relationships, Sex Work Critical To Ending HIV

The Guardian: We will lose the battle against HIV without LGBT decriminalization Bisi Alimi, founder of the Bisi Alimi Foundation “…[O]ur biggest challenge in the fight against [HIV] is people’s reaction to those living with it. This must be addressed as the International AIDS Conference returns to Durban in July.…

U.S., E.U. Ask U.N. To Reinstate Groups Barred From Upcoming AIDS Meeting

Agence France-Presse: U.S., E.U. protest U.N. decision to bar groups from AIDS meet “The United States and the European Union are protesting a U.N. decision to bar at least 20 non-governmental groups from taking part in a major AIDS conference next month. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said the NGOs taken…

Discrimination Prevents MSM From Accessing HIV Treatment Services In Mozambique

The Guardian: Mozambique’s enduring discrimination leaves gay men untreated for HIV “…Aside from being demoralizing, discrimination against men who have sex with men is jeopardizing government efforts to reduce the high incidence of HIV and AIDS. At 11.5 percent, Mozambique has one of the 10 highest HIV rates in the…

AIDS-Free Generation Possible With Increased Investments, Reduced Stigma

Medium: On the fight against HIV and AIDS — and on the people who really started the conversation. Hillary Clinton, 2016 presidential candidate and former U.S. secretary of state “…[A]t Nancy Reagan’s funeral, I said something inaccurate when speaking about the Reagans’ record on HIV and AIDS. … To be…

Uganda President Museveni Signs Law Restricting Work Of Many NGOs In Country

Inter Press Service: Repressive NGO Act “Nearly two weeks after controversially winning a fifth term, it has emerged that Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has signed another repressive law which restricts the operations of thousands of NGOs working in the country…” (Fallon, 3/9).

U.N. Marks Zero Discrimination Day By Calling For World To ‘Stand Out And Stand Together’

U.N. News Centre: ‘Stand out and stand together,’ says U.N. on Zero Discrimination Day “The United Nations agency leading the world’s HIV/AIDS response [Tuesday] called on the international community to celebrate individuality, as it observed Zero Discrimination Day, stressing that embracing diversity brings valuable benefits to all societies around the…

Cultural Stigma Complicates Care For Many Living With HIV In South Korea, Activists Say

Christian Science Monitor: South Korea struggles to overcome cultural stigma of AIDS “…Many [people living with HIV] risk being ostracized by family and friends, saddled with a stigma that has its roots in Confucian beliefs that still thrive alongside the country’s advanced economy and pop culture juggernaut. Kim Jae-cheon, an…

Zimbabwe’s Anti-Gay Sentiment Posed Challenges To Nation Hosting ICASA

Pulitzer Center of Crisis Reporting: Gay-Unfriendly Zimbabwe Hosts International AIDS Conference As part of a collaborative project for Science, the PBS NewsHour, BuzzFeed, and UCTV, Jon Cohen, a reporter for Science and Pulitzer Center grantee, reports on the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), which was held…

U.S. Special Envoy Hopeful Southern African Nations Making Progress On Gay Rights

Thomson Reuters Foundation: “Seeds of hope” for gay rights in Africa, says special U.S. envoy “Southern Africa is moving towards greater acceptance of sexual and gender minorities though there is still a long way to go, the United States’ first special envoy for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and…

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