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Youth Speak: Smart, Bold Advocacy Against HIV

Rachel Arinii Judhistari’s inclusion as the youngest speaker at the International AIDS Conference shows the renewed focus on the rights and needs of youth around the world.

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I’m Rooting for An Abortion This Friday Night

There’s sure to be an exciting football game in this week’s episode of Friday Night Lights, but it’s the outcome of Becky’s pregnancy, not the game, that I’ll be interested in tonight. And I’ll be rooting for an abortion.

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Lithuania Adopts Homophobic Law

A Lithuanian law potentially criminalizes almost any public expression of or information about homosexuality, effectively preventing LGBT people from accessing information, support and protection needed to be free of discrimination and stigma.

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HIV-infected Children in Africa Face Stigma, Discrimination

Little attention is paid to the stigma, discrimination and heightened risks faced by children orphaned by AIDS.

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NYT Calls For Withdrawal of Funding from Uganda if “Gay Hate Bill” Moves Forward

A NYT Editorial calls on the US to withdraw international development funds from the government of Uganda if it passes legislation that would, among other things, impose the death sentence for homosexual behavior. I agree.

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A Dangerous Precedent: Using Anti-Terrorism Laws to Prosecute HIV Transmission

The misuse of bio-terrorism laws to prosecute an HIV positive man is but one example of how efforts to criminalize HIV stigmatize individuals and simultaneously threaten public health.

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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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