Russia: Government to Examine Possibility of Removing HIV-Specific Criminal Law and Broadening Prosecutions to All Serious Communicable Diseases Under General 'Bodily Harm' Laws
The high-level discussion on removing Russia's HIV-specific criminal law is taking place at the same time as a number of other policy decisions relating to HIV.
NHS England Fudges PrEP Access and Delays On-Demand Access to PrEP by Years; Blocks Doctors From Prescribing PrEP Now
"After almost a year of turmoil a new [NHS] press statement still fails to allow a single doctor to protect the health of their patients by prescribing PrEP," Simon Collins writes.
Witnessing first-hand the successes and challenges of Kenya's AIDS response, Victoria and Brooklyn Beckham call for greater commitment, action and funding to end the AIDS epidemic.
Formed in the summer of 2015, and steadily gaining members since, the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) aims to respond to the changing needs of diverse communities of people with HIV.
The First Lady of China and her counterparts from other Group of 20 countries have taken part in an event on the sidelines of the 2016 G20 summit in Hangzhou to raise awareness of HIV among students.
"Russia's Article 122 was introduced into the Criminal Code, in particular, to protect women from HIV infection, but it is clear from our research that the law has been applied against women in Russia," Evgenia Maron writes.
"HIV is in retreat almost universally -- but not in Russia," Tanya Cooper writes. "As infection rates drop globally, Russia has seen increases of 8 to 10 percent annually over the last decade."
AVAC's Kevin Fisher visited a PrEP demonstration project focused on female sex workers in in Dakar, Senegal, and provides this look at PrEP implementation in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Nigerian government's decision to provide free antiretrovirals has not been enough to eliminate the high and sometimes inequitable economic burden of HIV/AIDS on households.
In November, the French Minister of Health approved Truvada for the prevention of HIV, making France the second country in the world to approve and recommend PrEP for people at risk of HIV.