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Ethics of hepatitis C drug pitch questioned

Ethicists said that the doctor's comments appear to have breached ethics principles by potentially leaving his audience with outsize hope for drugs undergoing testing. Doing so, they said, was particularly striking at a moment when patients felt violated and vulnerable.

Published
25 September 2012
From
Boston Globe
Option B+ and treatments for pregnant women living with HIV in Africa

UNICEF are promoting an approach to reduce vertical transmission in resource poor settings known as Option B+. Whilst a programme that reduces risk of transmission of HIV to unborn children, transmission to HIV negative partners and increases mothers’ life expectancy should be highly commended, there are issues that Option B+ fails to address.

Published
20 September 2012
From
Positively UK
India: Bill to make HIV tests mandatory before marriage under consideration

The debate on making HIV tests mandatory before marriage has been rekindled. The state women and child development department is actively considering the move.

Published
05 September 2012
From
Times of India
Why the United States Needs Better Confidentiality Laws for Minors with HIV/AIDS

Health organizations and city and state governments across the United States have sounded the alarm bell about the rising rate of HIV among adolescents.

Published
05 September 2012
From
PLoS
An Age of Consent for Circumcision?

A court in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that parents could not have boys circumcised unless there is an urgent medical need. Should other jurisdictions follow this example, with laws to delay the procedure until boys can decide for themselves and give informed consent? Or would that infringe on Muslims, Jews and others who consider infant or childhood circumcision important?

Published
11 July 2012
From
New York Times
Wisconsin Hospital sued again over alleged improper handling of HIV disclosure

Instead of waking him from a nap, a UW Hospital resident told the wife and son of a southern Wisconsin man in 2010 that he had AIDS and left it to them to give him the news, according to a lawsuit filed against the hospital Friday.

Published
06 July 2012
From
Wisconsin State Journal
Take the Test and Risk Arrest?

The slogan for National HIV Testing Day is "Take the Test and Take Control". That slogan rings hollow when it isn't accompanied by information about the legal risks one undertakes when getting tested. The slogan one hears in some quarters is "Take the Test and Risk Arrest"; the fear of prosecution is discouraging HIV testing.

Published
27 June 2012
From
Poz
Treatment Benefits For All?

CATIE’s James Wilton explores the use of HIV treatment to reduce the risk of HIV transmission. Do the personal and public health benefits coincide or clash?

Published
26 June 2012
From
CATIE - The Positive Side
HIV tests for everyone: Dr Julio Montaner's new campaign raises concern

The director of BC’s Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS wants everyone to voluntarily get tested for HIV every time they go to a clinic or hospital for any examination. Though the plan has received some support in HIV circles, some worry that it poses privacy risks and may come at the expense of other HIV programs equally critical to prevention.

Published
26 June 2012
From
Xtra
PrEP: time to rethink prevention, effectiveness and ethics?

Most remarkable about the growing interest in PrEP is the exclusion of the social sciences from major forums where this work is taking place. But this absence also raises the question of what sort of social research should be called upon in response to the biomedicalisation of the epidemic.

Published
19 June 2012
From
Somatosphere

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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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