In a dilapidated building nestled in the heart of Phnom Penh, two slumbering girls lay curled on a mattress in a room shaped like a matchbox. As the door to their room inside a safe house swung open, they remained balled up on their bed, lightly exhaling in unison. The pair are among eight between the ages of eight and 20 who reside at the Cambodian Women’s Development Agency’s (CDWA) Safe Shelter, created to protect up to 20 women and girls at a time from trafficking, rape and gender-based violence. >>>
Cook Islands Health Minister Nandi Glassie launched the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network's new strategic plan in Bangkok. "This five year plan focuses the Network to speak out for equality, justice and achieving the Three Zeros to end HIV/AIDS in the Pacific," said Minister Glassie. >>>
Chhattisgarh will now be counted among three states to have India's first dedicated 24-hour 'Sahaay' helpline service for acknowledged homosexuals and transgender community, which provides counselling and information on HIV/AIDS, psycho, social and legal issues to the hidden community. New Delhi and Maharashtra are two other states where the helpline has been launched. >>>
Kavita is not receiving Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART). She hasn’t visited an ART centre out of fear that she might be shunned by her family if they learn that she is HIV infected.
“When I walk into the ART centre, people will see me. The last thing I want is my family knowing that I am HIV-infected. Sometimes I fear I might run into some client. My life will be over if that happens,” she said. >>>
The Tanzanian government has committed on paper to reduce the stigma for at-risk groups, but that commitment is meaningless if the police regularly rape, assault, and arrest them. The government’s HIV policy can’t succeed if police are driving away the very people the public health programs most need to reach. >>>
For a range of reasons -- from having infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B or C, or even just having abnormal x-ray results -- at least 142 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were deported from the Middle East since last year, a Saudi-based medical association reported. >>>
Philippines' Secretary of Health Enrique Ona chose not to address the Philippines' growing HIV epidemic for a grueling amount of time. Living in a country where HIV/AIDS is not part of the national conversation convinced Niccolo Cosme, a gay, 31-year-old Filipino artist and activist based in Manila, to bring HIV to the government rather than wait for the slow-moving machine to react. >>>
According to data from the Department of Health, the number of new cases of HIV being reported in the Philippines is rising steadily.
In an episode of the GMA News TV program "Bawal ang Pasaway" that aired on August 22, Prof. Winnie Monsod sat down with Wanggo Gallaga, an HIV-positive journalist for the Philippine Star, and Philip Castro from the United Nations Development Program to talk about the problem of HIV/AIDS in the Philippines. >>>
In Latin America, transgender people face stigma and discrimination based on their gender identity every day. Such situations limit their access to the education system, job opportunities and health services which, in turn, increase their vulnerability to HIV. >>>
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"What change can you accomplish, so that your family would welcome a son or daughter, nephew or niece, uncle or aunt who turns out to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender? What change can you spark, that would inspire the leaders of your local mosque, church or temple to resolve that in face of disagreement on issues of faith, there should be at the very least - in my opinion – the agreement to do no harm. If we can get some of these things right... then we may be on the right path to disrupt the drivers of HIV in this world." – Laurindo Garcia >>>
"Is it not known that vulnerability to HIV/AIDS is heightened by the denial of rights, such as the right of transgender people to determine their own names and gender-identity?" asks Bakhtiar Talhah, a Malaysian living with HIV and former executive director of the Malaysian AIDS Council, after the council declined to support the late Aleesha Farhana publicly.
07/07/2011 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
The new guidelines on HIV programming for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender persons released by the World Health Organisation are being praised by HIV and LGBTI human rights activists. Not only will the new guidelines improve access to prevention and treatment services, but they will provide an advocacy tool for advancing the human rights of LGBTI persons. >>>