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Open Society Foundations Releases Briefings On Findings From HIV, Law Commission

The Open Society Foundations this week released several briefing papers highlighting findings by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in its report ‘HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights, and Health.’ Issues covered include women living with HIV, transgender people, sex workers, people who use drugs, people living with HIV,…

Analysis, Decision Model Provides Evaluation Tool For HIV/AIDS Policies

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines an analysis (.pdf), titled “Policy Analysis and Advocacy Decision Model for HIV-Related Services: Males Who Have Sex with Males, Transgender People, and Sex Workers,” from the Health Policy Project, which is funded by USAID and implemented by the Futures Group,…

Global Fund Working To Address Diseases Among Key Affected Populations

Summarizing the successes made against AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria over the past decade, Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, “To truly bring the three diseases under control, a successful strategy requires that marginalized groups…

Addressing HIV Prevention Among Key Affected Populations ‘Of The Utmost Urgency’

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, recalls a recent International AIDS Society-sponsored meeting in London “on the impact of treatment as prevention (TasP) on Key Affected Populations (KAPS), [which] has the potential…

NPR Profiles Health Clinic In South Africa Working To Combat HIV Among Prostitutes

NPR’s “Shots” blog and “All Things Considered” program profile a “health clinic in the heart of Johannesburg [that] is attempting to break the HIV cycle by focusing on people at extremely high risk for infection — prostitutes.” According to the blog, “[s]ome researchers estimate that about two-thirds of sex workers…

Improving Access To Health Care For Marginalized Populations In South Africa

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses how advocates, health care workers and others in South Africa are addressing gaps in access to health care and HIV prevention services for sex workers, and gay and transgender people. “The [South African] representatives who met with [a U.S. congressional…

More Data Needed On Populations At Risk Of HIV In Emergency Settings, Experts Say

“More information about groups vulnerable to HIV infection during emergencies — including those labeled ‘most at-risk populations’ (MARPs) — is needed to improve humanitarian HIV programming, experts say,” IRIN reports. “‘In tense situations where everyone is watching everyone else to see what other people get their hands on, social stigma…

Laws Aimed At Criminalizing Sex Trade Hindering HIV/AIDS Response In India

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “World” blog, journalist Michelle Chen examines efforts to combat HIV/AIDS among sex workers in India, highlighting “various laws aimed at criminalizing the sex trade, supposedly to protect women from exploitation,” which she says reflect “a deeper culture of oppression that sex workers face around the…

Opinion Pieces Address Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down Anti-Prostitution Pledge

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional the federal government’s requirement that groups accepting U.S. aid declare their opposition to prostitution. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion (.pdf), with Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissenting, and Justice Elena Kagan recusing herself. The following editorials…