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Now, the confidentiality of people taking part in clinical trials in Russia is protected

Thanks to the active position of patient organizations and associations of people living with HIV, specific amendments ensuring protection of the personal data of patients taking part in clinical trials have been introduced into the Russian laws.

07 June 2011
Monthly sex worker tests are ridiculous, health experts say

Health and human rights experts said it was ridiculous to force sex workers to have monthly STI tests when sex workers have much lower rates of STIs than other people.

01 June 2011
The Age
High Demand for New HCV Drugs Could Cause Ethical Problems

Earlier this month, the FDA approved the drugs boceprevir and telaprevir for the treatment of hepatitis C. The approvals are good news for patients, but high patient demand could lead to scarcity and ethical challenges for treatment providers.

31 May 2011
Drugs Stop AIDS. Take Your Medicine.

Do the results of the recent `treatment as prevention` trial shift the balance in the debate over the rights of the patient and the goals of wider public health?

23 May 2011
New York Times
Healthcare giant must pay $300,000 in HIV test mix-up

The corporate healthcare giant founded by Australia's richest GP has been ordered to pay almost $300,000 in damages to a man who was infected with HIV after his former partner was wrongly given the all-clear by a doctor at its Bondi Junction medical centre.

20 May 2011
Sydney Morning Herald
What's HIV Got to Do With It? New York Post Violates Alleged Victim's Rights in Strauss-Kahn Case

A brutal rape and sexual assault was not enough.  Now the NY Post has turned its vicious sights on the woman who brought assault charges against IMF leader Dominique Strauss.

19 May 2011
Investigation of HIV in porn industry hurt by 'limited cooperation' from filmmakers, report says

“Limited cooperation from many adult film industry companies restricted this contact investigation. Rarely did industry legal counsel give information for investigation,” the report said.

18 April 2011
Los Angeles Times
Forcibly sterilised if HIV-positive in Africa

When Promise Mthembu went to a public hospital to have an abortion 14 years ago, the doctor told her he would terminate the pregnancy on one condition – she had to agree to be sterilised. Mthembu, who is from Durban, South Africa, had been diagnosed with HIV two years earlier and she believes that was the reason behind the doctor’s ultimatum.

15 April 2011
US: Porn Star HIV Test Database Leaked

The patient database of the private health clinic that conducts STD tests for California’s porn industry has been breached, exposing test results and personal details about current and former porn performers, some of which have been published on a Wikileaks-style website.

31 March 2011
Kenya: Male Circumcision - Is the Government on Right Track?

Government promotion of male circumcision to combat HIV/Aids raises some serious legal, constitutional and ethical issues that need to be resolved.

24 March 2011

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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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