Created on Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 07:26:23

 

HIV/AIDS

 

October 1, 2015 — VoxThe WHO’s radical new plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 — The WHO has released new guidelines which recommend that anyone infected with HIV have access to ARVs as soon as possible.

 

October 1, 2015 — T&T Guardian 65% of new HIV/AIDS cases are young adults — The International Labour Organisation and the Ministry of Labour in T&T have made a statement that the workforce will be negatively affected by the high prevalence rate of HIV in the working-age population.

 

October 2, 2015 — WWLPHIV patients should start treatment immediately, UN says in new push — A new set of guidelines from the UN health agency has established new standards saying that anyone who tests positive for HIV should get treatment immediately regardless of how sick they are.

 

October 4, 2015 — Huffington Post37 million people worldwide need HIV treatment — The WHO says that 37 million people are currently infected with HIV, which is roughly the same number of people who have died in the epidemic.

 

October 5, 2015 — Take PartAt-home HIV testing kits could shed stigma for sex workers, LGBT community — A new project in a few countries in Africa will test the effectiveness of at-home HIV testing kits for key populations

 

October 9, 2015 — MedscapeHIV infection rates rising in US Latino MSM — According to a new report from CDC, prevalence rates in American Latino MSM is rising, despite a decline in the prevalence rate of Latinos overall during the same period.

 

October 10, 2015 — Realidad Social de BarahonaRepublica Dominicana ocupa el segundo lugar en VIH — In the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic occupies second place for the highest number of cases of HIV in the Caribbean, only behind Haiti.

 

October 13, 2015 — Pink News — Scientist who discovered HIV thinks it can still be beaten — The French virologist who discovered HIV believes that although maybe not in her lifetime, remission from HIV is possible and shall be achieved.

LGBT

October 4, 2015 — Loop JamaicaVatican fires gay priest on eve of synod — A monsignor at the Vatican was fired after coming out and discussing church outreach to LGBT people on the eve of the synod.

 

October 5, 2015 — Jamaica GleanerMisplaced priorities and the anti-gay agenda — A discussion of Jamaica CAUSE, the anti-gay movement, and why it’s unreasonable to be opposed to all people being treated equally.

 

October 5, 2015 — Jamaica ObserverFrancis defends marriage, hetero couples after marriage bombshell — When Pope Francis opened the synod, he defended traditional hetero marriage.

 

October 7, 2015 — Jamaica Observer Church group denies gay bias — A member of Jamaica’s CAUSE, ostensibly a church group, has denied that it only deals with the issue of homosexuality, and affirms that it deals with other issues involving the church and society.

 

October 9, 2015 — T&T GuardianAspiring for an equal place — An editorial about the need for the voice of LGBT young people in the election campaign, rather than defining them by their marginality.

 

October 11, 2015 — Jamaica GleanerAbrahams, gays and the CAUSE — An editorial by David Pearson discussing the logical flaws with a previous article calling out the CAUSE for only targeting the “gay agenda”.

 

October 13, 2015 — Jamaica Gleaner — Appalled by shallow anti-gay bigotry — A letter to the editor in defence of gay marriage and decrying the lack of critical thinking in previous Gleaner articles on the topic.

 

October 15, 2015 — Loop T&T‘They called me B$#%Y boy, I knew I had to leave’ -- Marlon James chronicles life before coming out as a gay man — The recent winner of the Man Booker prize discusses how difficult it was to be gay in Jamaica, and why he had to leave.

Drug Use

 

October 12, 2015 — Channel News AsiaSyringe exchange program helping drug addicts in Malaysia — In Malaysia, harm reduction programmes for drug users have reduced new HIV infections by half.

 

October 15, 2015 — NDTVYoga can help drug addicts, shows a study — A new study out of India has shown that yoga and meditation can help improve the quality of life of drug users significantly when used as a complementary therapy.

Human Rights

 

October 2, 2015 — The New York Times Crowdsourcing for human rights — An opinion piece discussing the merits of crowdsourcing platforms online for the fulfillment of human rights.

 

October 5, 2015 — Stabroek NewsLaw enforcement challenges — An editorial discussing the challenges to law enforcement in the face of human rights abuses.  

 

October 8, 2015 — Stabroek NewsAddressing the violence epidemic — Gender-based violence is a global epidemic and needs to be stopped, agreed ministers and other officials at the PAHO directing council meeting in Washington.

 

October 8, 2015 — Jamaica Gleaner — UTECH project not about gay agenda — A new USAID-funded project, Utech Cares, in Jamaica is about the fulfillment of human rights, and not about the “gay agenda”.

 

October 15, 2015 — Jamaica Gleaner — Protect our women and girls from violence — A discussion about the factors contributing to violence against women and girls and what can be done to change them.

Youth

 

October 7, 2015 — Jamaica ObserverJSIF partners with Sandals in youth training project — In Jamaica, the Jamaica Social Investment Fund and Sandals have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement a new training program for youth for specialized youth workforce development in a number of communities.

 

October 10, 2015 — Guyana ChronicleYouth employment crisis easing, but far from over — The global youth unemployment rate has stabilized slightly, but is still higher than the pre-crisis level.

 

October 13, 2015 — T&T Guardian — FirstCaribbean invests in youth business — 

FirstCaribbean International Bank has donated funds to support an organization, Youth Business T&T, which helps young entrepreneurs establish sustainable business plans.

International News

 

October 2, 2015 — Thanh Nien NewsVietnamese MSM urged to have safe sex, regular HIV tests — In Vietnam, 16% of MSM have HIV, and at a recent conference experts have said they should have higher awareness of care and treatment measures.

 

October 5, 2015 — The New York TimesSan Francisco is changing the face of AIDS treatment — The “test and treat” model recently espoused by the WHO has had unprecedented success in San Francisco, and is a viable way to end the epidemic.

 

October 6, 2015 — Windy City Times amfAR releases report on HIV programs for drug users — amfAR released a global report on harm reduction strategies for PWUD to establish the efficacy of the existing programs in place in a few targeted countries.

 

October 11, 2015 — NDTVIndia risks backsliding on success against HIV, says UN envoy — New HIV infections could rise in India for the first time in a decade because of the mismanagement of project funding.

October 12, 2015 — BBC — London church offers HIV tests to black African community — A church in the UK is offering HIV tests to reduce the stigma and open barriers to taking HIV tests for the African community.

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