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Fear and Loathing in Uganda: Proposed Law Abrogates Basic Human Rights

A proposed “anti-homosexuality” law blatantly disregards both international law and Uganda’s Constitution, threatening freedom of speech and freedom from violence and discrimination.

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Michigan State Lawmakers Question Terrorism Charges for HIV-positive Man

An HIV-positive Macomb County man is facing charges created under Michigan’s 2004 terrorism laws for biting another man in a neighborhood scuffle. That, HIV advocates, state lawmakers and legal experts say is “cowardly” and “nonsense” and increases ignorance and stigma surrounding the virus.

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Michigan Corrections Officials Push Change to Policies on HIV-Positive Prisoners

A Michigan Department of Corrections official confirms that the department is seeking changes to a controversial policy barring HIV-positive prisoners from working in food service jobs.

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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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Religion and Stigma Fan HIV Epidemic in Malawi

Malawi has some of the harshest laws in all of Africa criminalizing homosexuality. Many religious groups actively support discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender persons and in turn are fanning the spread of HIV.

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Even at Rally to End AIDS, Stigma is Present

“I ain’t going to no rally for AIDS,” he loudly opined. His friend empahticaly concurred.

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The Every Day “Jaycee’s”





Eighteen years ago, Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped and made into a slave, bearing two children after being raped by her captor. Americans are outraged, and rightly so. Her story is horrifying. While this Lake Tahoe headline hit particularly close to home, most of us are perhaps unaware that kidnappings and sexual slavery occur every day in war torn areas.

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Speaking of Abortion

I really believe that no matter how many legal battles are won, until we can talk about our experiences with abortion, it will remain stigmatized, inaccessible to many women, and constantly under threat.

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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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Stigma Threatens Reproductive Health Care Access in Rural Iowa

Women living in rural Iowa who need reproductive health care — from contraception to diagnostic tests to abortion — are too often left without access to the services they need.

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