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November 4, 2015 – Stabroek News – More work needed to address HIV in prisons – In a UNAIDS meeting held in Geneva, Minister of Health George Norton said that the HIV prevalence rate is still quite high in prisons and needs to be treated at all levels.

November 4, 2015 – Atento RD – Intensificar acciones contra la discriminacion de enfermos de VIH/SIDA – Mexico’s Human Rights Commissioner argues for the reduction of stigma and discrimination in the fight against HIV, and that the state should take the lead to ensure this.

November 5, 2015 – Jamaica ObserverTop UNAIDS official to visit Caribbean countries – Michel Sidibé will visit Jamaica, Barbados, Panama and Cuba in late November to meet with stakeholders about ending HIV as a public health threat.

November 8, 2015 – Guyana ChronicleMonique’s Caring Hands goes beyond HIV/AIDS counseling – A Guyanese NGO works to improve the mental health of people living with HIV and to ensure behavioral changes through culturally-based training.

November 8, 2015 – Nation News BarbadosChurch urged to join HIV fight – Michel Sidibé tells churches in Barbados that science alone cannot win the battle against HIV, and that the church needs to make sure “the family concept becomes very strong”.

November 9, 2015 – NewsweekEnding AIDS means leaving no one behind – An article summing up the current situation of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and why we need stigma and discrimination programming to target key affected populations.

November 11, 2015 – The GuardianWe can’t go back to the deadly HIV stigma of the 1980s – An article discussing the Hollywood HIV panic, and how things have changed regarding stigma since the HIV epidemic first began.

November 12, 2015 – Heritage Radio TTBarbados complimented for success in fight against HIV/AIDS – UNAIDS’ Michel Sidibé has praised Barbados for its success in halting mother-to-child transmission.

November 13, 2015 – NotiMundo RDHaitianos con VIH consumen RD $60 millones en tratamiento – According to an official at CONAVIHSIDA, in the Dominican Republic, more than 3000 Haitians receive HIV treatment, saying that the country guarantees antiretroviral therapy to Haitian immigrants, and that they’re a key affected population.

November 14, 2015 – T&T GuardianT&T meets UN development goals – T&T has been commended by the UN for meeting 48% of its MDGs, however concern has been expressed about the prevalence of HIV. 

November 15, 2015 – Guyana Chronicle‘Remarkable progress’ seen in fight against HIV/AIDS in Guyana – Dr. Edward Greene says that progress has been made in the fight against HIV in Guyana – a major reduction of deaths from AIDS in Guyana in the past 15 years.


November 6, 2015 – Jamaica ObserverGay priest fired by Vatican describes ‘special homophobia’ – The Polish monsignor who was fired by the Vatican for coming out as gay speaks out about the homophobic attitudes within the church. 

November 6, 2015 – Jamaica ObserverMinister Golding trying to manipulate anti-gay sentiment – Senator Golding chimes in in the debate about the replacement of the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice, saying that it would be better to maintain the Privy Council so that when the topic of the buggery law comes up, the Privy Council can reflect Jamaican values.

November 6, 2015 – The GuardianTransgender murders in US have nearly doubled since last year, activists say – Twenty-two transgender or gender non-conforming people have been murdered in the US so far in 2015, which is almost twice the number for last year.

November 9, 2015 – Red de Noticias RDComunidad LGBT denuncia que es discriminada en sus casas y por el estado – The LGBT community in the Dominican Republic calls for a reduction in discrimination by the State, saying that LGBT people are doubly marginalized and not granted their human rights, first in their own homes, and then by the State.

November 9, 2015 – T&T GuardianLaws intolerant of LGBT community – An article written by a high school student dispelling myths surrounding the buggery law and what it means for same-sex couples.

November 9, 2015 – FlavorWireStunning, diverse artistic depictions of transgender experiences – A photo series is being exhibited in New York which explores the meaning of being transgender.

November 11, 2015 – Jamaica GleanerGays off election agenda – An opinion piece discusses the chances of the LGBT rights issue becoming an election issue, discussing the JLP and PNP’s stances on it.

November 13, 2015 – Jamaica GleanerI am gay! Pastor urges parents to love their homosexual children, pray for them – A minister discusses how to treat a child who says they are gay – with kindness and tolerance.

Drug Use

November 3, 2015 – Vox – Ireland’s radical new plan to treat drug addicts like addicts instead of criminals – Ireland’s minister in charge of national drug policy has said the country needs to make a move towards decriminalization.

November 4, 2015 – BBC News‘Injecting rooms’ for Irish drug users propsed by Minister Aodhan O Riordan – In Ireland, a government minister has proposed implementing controlled environments for drug users.

November 8, 2015 – The Root‘Gentler war on drugs’ for Whites is a smack in Black America’s face – Using a recent New York Times story which asks for compassion in the face of increasing heroin use, this article examines the double standard in drug sentencing.

November 8, 2015 – Tiempo RealDecomisan 12 kilos drogas en barrios Santo Domingo; apresan cinco jóvenes – Police arrest five youths in connection with 12 kilos of marijuana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

November 9, 2015 – Medical DailyDrug addiction presents differently in men and women, but current protocols don’t reflect it – A new study from Canada shows that current treatment protocols don’t take into account the different ways men and women manifest their addictions.

November 12, 2015 – New York TimesDrug addiction recovery often starts with coercion – In this opinion piece, Robert L. DuPont discusses how programs with effective coercion techniques with serious consequences produce better results for participants.  

November 12, 2015 – Jamaica ObserverNCDA takes to social media with Ganja Youth Awareness campaign – The NCDA is reaching out to youth over social media in a new campaign targeted towards youth and using social media and specific youth-friendly techniques.


November 7, 2015 – Jamaica GleanerSocial intervention the first answer – For at-risk youth, writes Horace Levy, social intervention is an essential first step when complemented with community policing.

Sex Work

November 1, 2015 – Guyana Times – PI into sex worker’s murder underway – The preliminary inquiry into the murder of a male sex worker in Georgetown recently began

November 8, 2015 – TelenoticiasTrabajadoras sexuales denuncian supuestos maltratos por agentes PN – Sex workers in the Dominican Republic denounce the continued abuse they face by members of the national police force – registering 2 to 3 cases each day in the country.

Human Rights

November 4, 2015 – St. Lucia News OnlineGender rights advocate wants stiffer penalties for sex offenders – The recent rise in sexual offences in St. Lucia signals that sexual violations are still being underreported.

November 4, 2015 – Stabroek NewsRed Cross trains police, GDF on human rights – The International Committee of the Red Cross conducted a training course on human rights for the Guyana Police and Defence Forces.

November 15, 2015 – Jamaica ObserverFemale transgender turns heads in court in revealing dress – In this article, the author discusses the way a transgender person was dressed in court.

International News

November 1, 2015 – Al JazeeraTanzania: Fighting social stigma to prevent HIV spread – In Tanzania the death toll of AIDS-related deaths is staggeringly high, prompting a move towards openness to LGBT people.

November 2, 2015 – International Business TimesHouston transgender bathroom law update: LGBT equal rights ordinance vote set for Tuesday amid celebrity endorsements – In Houston, a vote will decide whether to pass legislation protecting the rights of transgender residents, with celebrities weighing in and making calls for tolerance.

November 4, 2015 – Jamaica ObserverFrance to lift ban on gay men giving blood – In France, new legislation has passed to lift a ban on gay men donating blood, although only if they abstain from sex in the months prior to donating.

November 6, 2015 – CBC NewsAboriginal gay men don’t always get HIV treatment because of stigma – In Canada, health professionals say that aboriginal gay men won’t seek treatment because of the stigma.

November 7, 2015 – CBS NewsMormon Church issues rules aimed at gay members, their kids – The Mormon church cracks down on same-sex marriages by implementing new rule which says members in same-sex relationships can be excommunicated from the church, with consequences for their children.

November 10, 2015 – Sydney Morning HeraldInjecting drug use, HIV, hep C escalating in Indigenous communities – In Australia, HIV rates and injecting drug use is increasing in Indigenous communities, and is much higher than the general population, requiring a massive investment from the government. 

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