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International AIDS Society Urges Strong/Swift Opposition to Proposed Anti-Homosexuality Legilsation In Uganda

In a press release today, the International AIDS Society (IAS) urged Uganda’s political and public health leaders to oppose and reject the Anti-Homosexuality Bill presented last week in Uganda’s parliament.

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Smaller Agencies and the HIV Continuum of Care

Always fragile, frequently frayed, and never comprehensive enough, the HIV safety net developed through 28 years of advocacy is facing grave threats from the recession and state budget cuts.

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Young People Call for End to Stigma Against Frank Talk About Sex and Against Sex Education

At a day-long Youth Symposium prior to the Non-Governmental Forum on
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development delegates under 30 called for a “cultural paradigm shift” in
countries where taboos hinder access to accurate and
timely information about their sexual and reproductive health and
rights.

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Human Rights: When Officials Get Serious About HIV Prevention, This is Where They’ll Start

Stigma, discrimination, poverty, homophobia, racism, sexism, all fuel the spread of HIV and hurt those living with it. These issues are routinely cited as critical to ending the epidemic but rarely addressed in policies and prevention strategies.

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Federal HIV Prevention Officials Speak Freely on Science, Marginalized Groups, and Funding

There were tantalizing hints at this week’s HIV prevention conference that CDC may be ready to seek significant changes in federal prevention policy and programs.

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Here We Go Again: Early Morning Amendments Threaten HIV Prevention, Research, Reproductive Health

Amendments to the House FY 2010 Labor-H Appropriations bill will attempt to prohibit syringe exchange, rescind funding for HIV research and defund reproductive health programs. What they are and how you can take action.

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Pre-Natal HIV Testing: What About Women’s Rights?

Compelling HIV testing runs the risk of alienating patients from their medical care provider, and in turn driving them from care.

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DOJ Drops Appeal of “Prostitution Pledge” Injunction

The Justice Department has dropped its appeal of an injunction prohibiting enforcement of the controversial "prostitution pledge" in US Global AIDS Policy.  Advocates hope this signals an intention to fundamentally change the restriction.

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Hatch Attacks Essential Services for Low-Income Communities Under Health Care Reform

Once again, the Republicans, this time led by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, are misleading the public in an attempt to deny millions of people basic preventive health care coverage.

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Advice to the New Global AIDS Coordinator: Report Shows Changes Needed

A new report from SIECUS finds that U.S. policy is thwarting HIV prevention in Zambia, where an estimated 15 percent of the population is HIV-positive and life expectancy has plummeted to less than 39 years.

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