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South Africa: Police failing rape victims

"The police service routinely fails to follow correct procedures such as informing victims that they have the right to post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV transmission, and also to demand that the suspect be tested for HIV," TLAC spokesperson Lisa Vetten said in a statement.

22 March 2011
News 24
British Medical Association expresses concerns over patient confidentiality

Flaws in the government's Health and Social Care Bill could threaten the confidentiality of patient records, doctors' leaders have warned.

24 February 2011
Utah bill would require alleged rapists to be HIV tested

Victims of sexual assaults could demand their accused attackers get tested for HIV, under a bill approved unanimously Tuesday by a House committee.

22 February 2011
Salt Lake Tribune
Australia: HIV, Privacy and E-health

A comprehensive e-health system promises great benefits for people living with HIV, whilst raising significant potential issues, the most fundamental being privacy protections.

10 February 2011
AFAO briefing paper
UK: NHS 'misleads patients' over sharing medical records with drug firms

A new NHS computer system that will share the medical history of millions of patients with drug companies without proper consent is under attack from privacy experts, who say it is misleading, risky and potentially illegal.

04 February 2011
The Telegraph
South Africa: Fury over HIV tests for pupils

Serious concerns are being raised over the government's proposal to introduce "voluntary" HIV-Aids testing in schools around the country.

01 February 2011
Ukraine will not demand information about AIDS from foreigners

Ukraine has abolished the obligation for foreigners to provide a certificate of absence of HIV/AIDS in obtaining a Ukrainian visa. It has also updated confidentiality rules.

20 January 2011
NAT Launches Guide To Confidentiality In Healthcare For People Living With HIV

NAT has launched a new guide for people living with HIV explaining the basic principles of confidentiality in healthcare. The guide goes through common concerns that people living with HIV might have about their HIV status, explains how their personal information will be handled, and gives practical advice about what to do if they have any concerns.

15 December 2010
Russia: "secrecy of diagnosis abolished as useless"

A Russian government decree has swept away confidentiality in clinical trials, preventing people with HIV from accessing treatment.

16 November 2010
Electronic health records raise difficult issues of who sees what, and when

Would you want your dentist to know you have haemorrhoids or your optometrist to be aware of your HIV status? Questions such as this are at the heart of any discussion of electronic health records, something that could affect all of us very soon.

11 November 2010
Sydney Morning Herald

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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