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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
National system of electronic patient records given go-ahead

The Summary Care Record is to go ahead, but its content will be limited to core information and an opt-out form will be included in patient information packs.

13 October 2010
E-Health Insider
Singapore national servicemen to undergo mandatory HIV screening

According to officials, the testing will safeguard the health and well-being of officers, and members of the public they come into contact with. However, the new policy has raised some eyebrows over confidentiality, with regard to how information gained on an officer’s HIV status will be handled.

23 September 2010
Yahoo! News
Hospitals face legal dilemma if they test incapacitated patients after needle accidents

Survey reveals that two thirds of anaesthetists have tested unconscious patients for blood-borne viruses, without consent.

31 August 2010
Science Daily
‘Treatment as prevention’ must not violate human rights, conference told

The expansion of HIV testing programmes and the advocacy of universal testing and treatment of those who test positive as a means of prevention must

21 July 2009
Gus Cairns
Asylum seekers should not be forced to take HIV test, say MPs

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on AIDS have rejected the idea that mandatory HIV testing should be forced upon migrants and asylum seekers entering the UK

10 July 2003
Edwin J. Bernard
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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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