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Michigan health depts targeting HIV-positive pregnant women unfairly, experts say

A new study reveals that local health departments have been applying state HIV disclosure laws in ways that jeopardize reproductive freedom and personal privacy.

Published
01 December 2011
From
The American Independent
UK: All patients to be given online access to GP records

The controversial system would allow patients to check their medical documents online and raise any inaccuracies or problems with their doctor, however concerns have been raised over the plans.

Published
01 December 2011
From
Daily Telegraph
Pilot with HIV brings his privacy fight to the high court

At issue: Whether those whose privacy was violated by the federal government can sue for mental and emotional distress.

Published
29 November 2011
From
CNN
Zille's HIV campaign slammed by medical group

THE SA Medical Association (Sama) has slammed Premier Helen Zille controversial Get tested and Win HIV campaign as “medically unethical” and has demanded she withdraw it.

Published
29 November 2011
From
Independent Online
NHS staff breach personal data 806 times in three years

One in eight breaches reported by health service organisations resulted in staff dismissal.

Published
31 October 2011
From
The Guardian
HIV tests for Botswana Defence Force recruits important - NAC

National AIDS Council (NAC) has dismissed the assertion that Botswana Defence Force (BDF) recruits are being denied their right to privacy when they are tested for HIV.

Published
19 October 2011
From
Mmegi Online
Policy for testing mentally ill for HIV needs reviewing

Why all the red tape  involved in testing for the potential cause  of a mental illness, especially when confirmed treatment is readily available?

Published
03 October 2011
From
Dispatch Online
Ethics Debate Mires Kenya HIV-Testing Campaign

In an effort to combat the spread of HIV, Kenya’s National Aids Control Council and STI Control Program (NASCOP) may soon turn to mandatory testing.

Published
30 September 2011
From
Voice of America
Massachusetts doctors oppose HIV privacy bill

A coalition of health care organizations and more than a hundred doctors who treat HIV patients oppose a bill before the Legislature that would greatly increase restrictions on the release of medical information about patients with HIV.

Published
14 September 2011
From
Boston Business Journal
Taiwan: Activists slam HIV markings proposal

Putting special markings on the health insurance cards of HIV positive patients would be in violation of their right to privacy, rights activists say

Published
31 August 2011
From
Taipei Times

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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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