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8/21/2014 - Ugandan President Signs Law Making HIV Transmission Illegal
A bill that criminalizes HIV transmission has been signed into law by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Provisions of the law include possible imprisonment of HIV-positive individuals, a ten-year prison sentence and fine for the "intentional transmission of HIV," a five-year prison sentence for "attempted transmission of HIV," and compulsory testing in some situations....

8/7/2014 - Study Finds Sexual Health Education Should Begin As Early As Age 10
Children should begin receiving formal education about sexual health as early as age 10, according to a new study published in the journal Global Public Health. The study's researchers note that although sexual health programs typically focus on older adolescents, sexuality and gender identity begin emerging between the ages of 10 and 14....

8/7/2014 - US-Africa Leaders Summit Closes With Funding Commitments and Focus on Women
After three days of unprecedented meetings between the US and leaders from nearly 50 African countries, the US Africa Leaders Summit ended Wednesday....

8/1/2014 - Constitutional Court Invalidates Uganda's Anti-Gay Law
Uganda's Constitutional Court today struck down - on procedural grounds - a package of anti-gay policies signed into law this February by President Yoweri Museveni, but left room for lawmakers to attempt to pass the law, or another version of it, again. Ten petitioners, including activists, academics, advocates, and MPs, challenged the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act in court, claiming that it was passed improperly and violated the constitutional rights of Ugandans to live free from discrimination and with privacy and dignity....

7/14/2014 - Study Shows High Rates of Child Marriage and Maternal Death Across Nigeria
The Nigerian Demographic Health Survey of 2013 (NDHS) revealed persistently high child marriage rates and a need for increased family planning resources in Nigeria. Nigeria accounts for 13 percent of global maternal death rates, with 36,000 women dying in pregnancy or child birth each year....

6/2/2014 - Obama Proclaims June 2014 LGBT Pride Month
President Obama proclaimed June 2014 to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. "During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, we celebrate victories that have affirmed freedom and fairness, and we recommit ourselves to completing the work that remains," Obama said in the proclamation. "Here at home, we have strengthened laws against violence toward LGBT Americans, taken action to prevent bullying and harassment, and prohibited discrimination in housing and hospitals....

5/30/2014 - Complaint Filed Against Insurers for Discrimination Against People with HIV/AIDS
The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and The AIDS Institute filed a complaint yesterday with the Office for Civil Rights of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS OCR) alleging that four Florida insurers are discriminating against people with HIV/AIDS....

5/14/2014 - Advocates Push NYPD for More Reform Following Recent Condom Seizure Policy Revision
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) announced changes Monday to their policy of using condoms as evidence of sex work, but advocates maintain that practice should be put to rest rather than modified....

4/25/2014 - Cuba Faces Condom Shortage
A current condom shortage in Cuba is stirring fears of higher STD rates and unplanned pregnancies. Pharmacies in Cuba's central province of Villa Clara began running out of condoms in March, and the suburbs of Havana are now affected as well....

2/21/2014 - Free Maternal and Childcare Center Commissioned in Nigeria
The government of Nigeria's Delta State commissioned a 100-bed maternal and childcare center at the Warri Central Hospital last week....

2/18/2014 - Uganda President To Sign Anti-Gay Legislation
The president of Uganda, Yoweni Museveni, released a statement Saturday saying he planned to sign the sweeping Anti-Homosexuality Bill that passed the nation's parliament in December. The bill was originally introduced in 2009 with a death penalty provision for some "homosexual acts," but it was delayed because of international uproar and the threat of a loss of aid from several nations....

1/21/2014 - First Woman Nominated to Lead Global US HIV/AIDS Programs
President Obama has nominated Dr....

12/18/2013 - Report: Police Harassment May Worsen LA Aids Crisis
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report last week detailing how aggressive police harassment and the consideration of condoms as evidence of prostitution may be worsening Louisiana's HIV/AIDS crisis, particularly in New Orleans. "Sex workers, transgender women and others at high risk of HIV infection told us that they were afraid to carry condoms and that they sometimes had to engage in sex without protection out of fear of police harassment," the report explains. Louisiana has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the US, and the state's AIDS death rate is over two times the national average....

12/11/2013 - Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World
Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them. "The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement....

12/6/2013 - Report Explores Impact of Unsafe Abortion on Women and Families in Uganda
Research completed by the Guttmacher Institute and released this week exposes the considerable financial toll taken on Ugandan women and their families when they pursue unsafe abortions....

12/3/2013 - President Obama Announces HIV Cure Initiative
US President Barack Obama announced the launch of The HIV Cure Initiative yesterday, a $100 million investment in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research into a cure to HIV/AIDS....

12/2/2013 - World AIDS Day Calls For Global Unity In Fight Against AIDS
Yesterday marked the 25th annual World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. "We remember the friends and loved ones we have lost, stand with the estimated 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS, and renew our commitment to preventing the spread of this virus at home and abroad," said US President Barack Obama in a statement....

11/26/2013 - Feminist Majority Foundation Urges US Supreme Court to Let Women Not Bosses Make Decisions About Birth Control
Date: November-26-13 Contact: Megan Perry Phone: (703) 522-2214 Email: mperry@feminist.org The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the contraceptive coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....

11/26/2013 - Feminist Majority Foundation Urges US Supreme Court to Let Women Not Bosses Make Decisions About Birth Control
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the contraceptive coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....

11/21/2013 - Updates to PEPFAR Increase Oversight, Funding for Children
Congress passed the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013 on Tuesday, reaffirming and strengthening its commitment to reducing global HIV/AIDS....

11/11/2013 - UN Reports: Women's Access to and Control of Land Protects Human Rights
Two recently released United Nations reports emphasize the importance of women's access to and control over land to their ability to protect human rights. Released today, the report Realizing Women's Rights to Land and Other Productive Resources shows how women's right to land is directly linked to food security, sustainable development, economic empowerment, and protection against HIV/AIDS....

10/25/2013 - Head of US Global AIDS Program to Step Down
United States Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby is expected to step down from his position by the end of the year....

10/18/2013 - Malawi Launches Campaign with UNFPA to Promote Condom Use
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Malawi government launched a new national campaign to promote condom use among young people as an HIV/AIDS prevention measure....

9/25/2013 - UN Report Shows Reductions in Global AIDS
A United Nations report released Monday shows reductions in the number of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, as well as significant progress towards reaching the 2015 UN Millenium Development Goal on HIV. The report by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS finds that new HIV infections among adults and children were estimated at 2.3 million in 2012, a 33% reduction since 2001....

9/23/2013 - Maternal Mortality Down 50 Percent in Republic of Congo
Over the past 10 years, the Republic of Congo has reduced the number of women dying in childbirth by 50 percent and, if progress continues at this rate, may reach the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality by 75 percent by 2015....