Why we’re writing about this: The HIV epidemic isn’t over, especially as HIV criminalization, ignorance and stigma keep the virus spreading worldwide. Here’s a round-up of world HIV news that’ll keep you informed about how the U.S. and other countries are handling the epidemic in the new millennium.
- The Czech Republic’s public health department filed criminal charges against 30 gay HIV positive men diagnosed with an additional sexually transmitted infection. Officials claim the men must be having condomless sex, violating national criminal code for HIV+ people.
- In Australia, a transgender sex worker was arrested after a client accused her of transmitting HIV.
- Namibia’s Minister of Health and Social Services called for condoms to be distributed in prisons to aid HIV prevention. However the head of Namibia’s largest prison says condoms cannot be distributed because they would ‘encourage’ same-sex activity which is illegal. Also from Namibia, advocates for sex workers and LGBTI people warn that, though undocumented, HIV rates are high among the community due to discrimination in health services.
- In the US, a new study on LGBT youth who engage in ‘survival sex’ for money or shelter reports that they often forgo using condoms to earn more.
- The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention warned that Black and Latino gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are in a public health crisis — if current trends continue half of all Black MSM and a quarter of Latino MSM will be diagnosed with HIV. And also from the US, new comprehensive research examines the high rates of HIV among transgender people.
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