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New AIDS Treatment Guidelines: Expensive, But Expected to Save Millions

The World Health Organization released new guidelines for AIDS treatment around the world which come with a hefty price tag but may save millions of lives around the world and make a real dent in the HIV epidemic.

The World Health Organization has released new guidelines for AIDS treatment around the world. The guidelines come with a hefty price tag but may save millions of lives around the world and make a real dent in the HIV epidemic.

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UN and WHO: Chemicals That Harm Repro Health a “Global Threat”

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This week, an international team of experts, in conjunction with the WHO and the UN Environment Programme, released a report declaring hormone-disrupting chemicals a “global threat” that should be addressed.

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You Can’t Have it Both Ways: The Interpretation of Catholic Health Policy and the Consequences for Pregnant Women

(Reuters via Lawyer Herald)

As a committee of the Irish Parliament considers proposals to offer limited legal abortion in Ireland, this paper explores how these issues came together around Savita Halappanavar’s death, the interpretation of Catholic health policy and the consequences for pregnant women.

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President Obama: Do the Right Thing on HIV Prevention

When it comes to making sure taxpayer-funded AIDS programs are comprehensive and designed to deliver the most effective interventions for people in need, the Obama administration’s track record has not been good.

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One Day, One Struggle: Building a Movement for Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Rights

Across the globe, men are making key decisions about women’s most basic human rights. Women’s, feminist, queer and LGBT groups, however, have claimed a space that cannot be denied and are standing up for our rights. One poignant example of these efforts culminates today, November 9.

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HIV Will Claim More Lives Next Year, Because This Year We Won’t Be Heard and We Won’t Be Helped

I dreamed of coming to Washington to speak at AIDS 2012 to deliver a message to those with the financial and political means to turn the tide of the epidemic: For millions of us, repressive drug policies and stigma stand in the way of treatment and prevention. But I am barred from participating.

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No Clapping Matter: Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Is On the Way and We Are Not Prepared

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For years, even those in the public heath community paid little attention to gonorrhea because it was easy to prevent, easy to screen for, and easy to treat—at least it was until now. Gonorrhea is caused by wily bacteria that has become resistant to all-but-one class of antibiotics and we don’t have any others to throw at it. It’s time to take start taking notice.

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Morning Roundup: Racist Anti-abortion Flyers at Princeton Theological Seminary

The WHO lists 30 essential drugs for maternal and child health, Montanans don’t want to ban abortion, Princeton Theological Seminarians upset by distribution of racist flyers, and health care reform turns one!

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“I Am Not Dead, But I Am Not Living:” Obstetric Fistula in Kenya

The Kenyan state denies fistula sufferers their rights to the highest attainable standard of health and to a remedy for the injustices and denial of service that they face.

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Criminalized Abortion Overshadows Good News of Reduced Unsafe Abortion Deaths

Researchers at the World Health Organization have recently documented  a substantial decrease in the numbers of unsafe abortion deaths, but the incidence of unsafe abortion itself has not decreased. Anti-abortion laws in developing countries cause grave harm and endanger women’s lives and health. As long as these antiquated laws remain in place,  unsafe abortion and its resulting maternal mortality and morbidity will continue.

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