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When HIV privacy goes too far

Despite vigorous efforts by physician lobbyists, the bill makes no change to the 1986 language that bans any sharing or release of HIV test information - even between physicians, and on electronic health records - without a patient’s explicit written consent each and every time.

Published
09 March 2012
From
Boston.com
China: Better understanding of real-name HIV test urged

A leading expert on HIV/AIDS said people need to improve their understanding of the disease and strongly defended the controversial proposal for real-name tests.

Published
08 March 2012
From
China Daily
Kenya: Partners May Access HIV and Aids Records Under New Bill

People who think they can keep secret their HIV positive status from their partners are in for a shock because the latter can walk to a health centre and demand access to the information.

Published
27 February 2012
From
AllAfrica
Canada: Doctors won't face lawsuit for alleged slowness in diagnosing couple's HIV

A Fraser Valley couple have failed in their attempt to sue two doctors for negligence because they allegedly failed to diagnose their HIV in a timely manner.

Published
26 February 2012
From
The Province
Was HIV-infected girl harmed or helped by the state?

They got a court order, allowing them to name her, to circulate her picture to every media outlet, and to reveal that she was HIV positive. The ensuing media manhunt quickly led to her arrest - but the public hysteria continued.

Published
25 February 2012
From
Calgary Herald
SOUTH AFRICA: Outrage over HIV-positive journalist's dismissal and deportation

Allegedly tested for HIV without consent, found positive and subsequently dismissed, detained and deported, a South African journalist is attempting to take his case against Qatar to the International Labour Organization (ILO) to change the country's HIV travel and employment laws.

Published
21 February 2012
From
IRIN Plus News
Kenya: HIV Positive Girl Sues Paper Over Disclosure of Her Status

A HIV positive underage girl has sued a children's home and a media house for allegedly disclosing her status without consent and violating her rights to privacy.

Published
16 February 2012
From
AllAfrica
Controversy Over China Push to Eliminate Anonymous HIV Tests

Health officials in southern China are proposing new legislation to require real-name registration for HIV testing, a move aimed at lowering infection rates that has sparked controversy over personal privacy. 

Published
14 February 2012
From
Wall Street Journal
Chinese CDC responds to concerns over real-name HIV tests

Real-name HIV testing will allow health care personnel to maintain contact with HIV carriers and help carriers to prevent their intimate partners from being infected, an official with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention was quoted as saying in the Monday edition of Health News, the Ministry of Health's affiliated newspaper.

Published
13 February 2012
From
China Daily
Informed consent on trial

Lengthy, complicated documents leave many clinical-trial participants in the dark about the risks they face.

Published
06 February 2012
From
Nature

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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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