Friday, December 16, 2011

[socialactionfoundationforequity:14612 INDONESIA: HIV traps women and girls in poverty - report

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UN report says women and children in Indonesia bear the brunt of HIV's
economic impact
The number of reported HIV cases has tripled in Indonesia in recent
years, curtailing productivity and trapping affected girls and women,
especially, in poverty, according to a recent UN Development Programme
(UNDP) report.

Women, representing a quarter of all people living with HIV in
Indonesia, shoulder family finances when their partners can no longer
work, or when they face education and employment discrimination, said
the report.

"Discrimination against people with AIDS is still very strong in
Indonesia, especially for women. Many HIV-positive women are being
called 'bad women' or 'bad girls', but at the same time, many of them
have to work more after their husbands were diagnosed with HIV," said
Chya Wibisono, an HIV-positive officer at the local NGO, Indonesia
Women's Positive Network.

Women in HIV-affected households put in longer hours but were less
likely to own their homes, livestock and vehicles. They were also more
likely to be widowed and denied inheritance rights - the case for 71
percent of all HIV-affected widows.

Across all countries covered by the study (Cambodia, China, India,
Indonesia and Vietnam), HIV-affected households experienced
significant drops in incomes, savings, assets, and ability to buy
protein-rich food.

Compared with non-HIV-affected families, affected families in
Indonesia were 38 percent more likely to live below the international
poverty line of US$1.25 per person per day - the second highest of all
the countries surveyed - with more than a quarter of these households
reporting having to sell assets to pay medical costs, the report says.

While antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV is provided free, the
medication has reached about half of patients in need, compared with
94 percent in Cambodia, where free ART coverage has proven to be
effective in reducing households' financial burden, according to the
UNDP report.

"Real [progress] has been made to improve ART coverage in Indonesia.
The percentage of coverage has increased significantly from 25 to 50
percent over the last three years, but this is still far from enough,"
said Nancy Fee, country coordinator of UNAIDS in Indonesia.

As of December 2009, some 18,000 people had reported HIV at an
advanced stage, of whom 6,653 were receiving ART, according to the
government.

People were going without medication mostly because they had not
tested for HIV and did not know their status; in addition, continuity
and availability of ART stock as well as availability of certified
health workers to administer the drugs were challenges, according to
the government.

Different for girls

Daughters in HIV-affected families were also more likely to be pulled
out of school than sons to take care of their sick family members.

"It is most often [girls] who are removed first. This is both to save
resources spent on schooling, as well as to utilize the girl child for
labour," said Clifton Cortez, health and development practice leader
at the Bangkok-based UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre.

The UNDP report suggested conditional cash transfers - paying children
based on their school enrolment and attendance - to encourage parents
to keep children in school.

According to the World Bank, the risk of HIV infection is more than
halved for young people, particularly girls, who stay in school and
complete a basic education.

In Indonesia, 28 percent of women surveyed between the ages of 15-24
had not heard of HIV and had little knowledge of condom usage, said
the UNDP report.

"No discrimination"

However, Nafsiah Mboi, secretary of the government's National AIDS
Commission, dismissed concerns that women and children bore the
economic brunt of HIV.

"There is no specific scheme for HIV-affected families or women, but
everyone who is poor can ask for assistance. There is no
discrimination," she said.

While a National Social Security System (SJSN) has been in place since
2004 - a basic framework for reforming the country's social security
programme covering health insurance, employment injury, pensions and
death benefits - the International Labour Organization estimated 54
percent of the country's population (mostly workers in the informal
economy, employees without contracts and their families) were still
excluded in 2011 from the national social health protection scheme.

Instead of small government-funded isolated projects, Fee from UNAIDS
said the country needed a "universal social protection floor" - a
minimum level of essential social services and income security for all
in times of economic and financial crisis - to ensure everybody,
including those affected by HIV, had equal access to healthcare and
other social services.

Parliament approved legislation on 28 October that aims to implement
SJSN and provide universal health insurance coverage by 2014.

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:14611 Gay People Around the World Face Bias, Abuse and Violence, a Study Reports

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/16/world/gay-people-around-the-world-face-bias-abuse-and-violence-a-study-reports.html#.TutvN5qyI-4.email

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Published: December 15, 2011, WORLD BRIEFING | UNITED NATIONS

Gay and transgender people in all regions face discrimination and
violence, including killings, rape and torture because of their
orientation, and risk the death penalty in at least five countries,
theUnited Nations said Thursday. In its first official report on the
issue, the United Nations said that in addition to spontaneous
"street" violence, people perceived as being members of a sexual
minority may be targets of organized abuse, "including by religious
extremists, paramilitary groups, neo-Nazis and extreme nationalists."
The attacks tend to be especially vicious, with "a high degree of
cruelty," including mutilation and castration, it added. Currently, 76
countries have laws that criminalize behavior on the basis of sexual
orientation or gender identity, the report said. The report by the
High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, called on governments
to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, prosecute
all serious violations and repeal discriminatory laws.

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:14610 B-HRD Project: special feature on Big Pharma and access to HIV/AIDS drugs

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:14609 Local police not keen on proposed syringe law

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Local police not keen on proposed syringe law
http://www.northjersey.com/news/health/135638528_Local_police_not_buying_syringe_program__Will_over-the-counter_sales_curb_HIV__Hep_C_or_promote_drug_abuse_.html?page=all

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011 LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY DECEMBER 15,
2011, 2:00 AM
BY MICHAEL LAMENDOLA
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The state assembly last week passed legislation that would make New
Jersey one of the last states to allow syringes to be sold without a
prescription. The bill now heads to Governor Chris Christie's desk for
consideration as the Senate passed a companion bill in February.
Currently, possessing or distributing hypodermic needles without a
prescription is a disorderly persons offense, commonly applied locally
to suspects who are found possessing needles in CDS arrests.


The bill is stirring a debate between health advocates and those
looking to reinforce public safety.

Sponsors of the bill say the intention of the law is to curb the use
of shared needles, which is a practice linked to the transmission of
serious and sometimes deadly bloodborne diseases, such as HIV and
Hepatitis C. New Jersey and Delaware are currently the only two states
to ban the sale of syringes without a prescription.

The law will not only help curb the transmission of HIV/AIDS but will
also allow people who are diabetic to readily have syringes for their
use, said Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a co-sponsor of the bill.

"This sensible and controlled approach will enable syringe users to
take personal responsibility for both their health and the health of
others and hopefully get them on a path to treatment," he said.

Under the bill's provisions, a licensed pharmacy would be able to sell
a hypodermic needle to a person over the age of 18 if sold in
quantities of 10 or fewer or in quantities of 10 or more if the person
has a prescription. Anyone who purchases a needle and sells that
needle to another person would be guilty of a disorderly persons
offense, which is punishable with up to six months in jail and a
maximum fine of $1,000.

Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey State director for Drug Policy Alliance,
said that every scientific, medical and professional body to study the
issue has concluded that access to sterile syringes reduces the spread
of bloodborne diseases and does not increase drug use. The bill has
been supported by groups such as the New Jersey Pharmacists
Association, New Jersey Hospital Association and American Civil
Liberties Union of New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Health and
Senior Services last year issued a report on the progress of a needle
exchange pilot program that had been taking place in New Jersey since
2007 in five municipalities: Camden, Newark, Paterson, Atlantic City
and Jersey City. The report found that over 4,000 IV drug users had
signed onto the program and 998 were helped into treatment. The sites
collected 295,736 used syringes and provided 706,568 new ones. It
found that injection use has accounted for 36 percent of all AIDS
cases in the United States.

"This is a historic moment," said Scotti. "This is the first time the
New Jersey legislature has voted to join the overwhelming majority of
other states in allowing limited sales of syringes without a
prescription. This legislation has overwhelming support from the
medical and public health community. Governor Christie now has the
opportunity to sign this legislation that will help end AIDS and save
lives."

Critics have reservations about the proposed law however, and say it
will open the floodgates for drug abuse.

"From a law enforcement perspective I am absolutely against the idea,"
said East Rutherford Police Chief Larry Minda. "Until someone can show
me a legitimate reason that a law abiding citizen cannot get a needed
prescription when a syringe is needed for legal purposes, I am
absolutely against the idea. This is another example of a breakdown in
law based on the fact that the belief is people won't follow it
anyway. This unfortunate premise continues to break down the
principles of respect for the law that our nation was founded on."

North Arlington Police Captain John Hearn said the law would enable
drug users to have an easy outlet to hypodermic needles without
worrying about the repercussions of the extra charge that currently
could be placed on them, the disorderly persons offense. He said in
his long career, he's never found a defendant of the charge later
provide a prescription for the needles they were possessing. He said
it could easily proliferate drug use with easier access to
paraphernalia.

"Well, obviously more people will be carrying them for illegal means
and have one less charge to worry about when they are arrested," said
Hearn. "Over the course of my career, I've written out the statute
many times and don't remember once where someone has come to court
with a prescription to prove they could carry them."

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, a member of the Health and Senior
Services Committee, who voted against the bill, said the bill makes no
provisions for checking age identifications at pharmacies or for the
safe disposal of the syringes. She said it takes a step backwards in
the war on drugs.

"Selling syringes without a valid medical reason to anyone who walks
in off the street is waving a white flag in the battle to make New
Jersey drug-free," said Angelini. "We cannot stick our heads in the
sand and ignore the reality that drug addiction is destroying lives.
The bill sends a clear message that many believe there is no hope of
recovery for intravenous drug abusers."

In Lyndhurst, Detective Captain John Valente agreed that the intention
of the bill, from a public health standpoint, is a valid one, but said
from a public safety point of view, police will still be able to
detect whether the needles are being used for illicit purposes.

"The intent of the bill may be good in relation to safe needle
exchange, but they [drug users] will still get the drugs from the same
place, but just won't have to share a needle," said Valente. "If the
needle has cocaine in it, it's still going to be a possession of CDS
charge."

Bill co-sponsor Craig Coughlin said the bill would not only combat
infectious disease spreading, but drug abuse as well. A provision in
the bill would help steer drug abusers to treatment centers.

"This is about being proactive rather than sitting on our hands hoping
IV drug users won't share needles when the availability of them is
scarce," said Coughlin. "Equally important, this bill will require
pharmacies to provide information on substance abuse treatment options
to hopefully inspire at least a portion of the population to seek a
better alternative."

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:14608 US Study: gay men healthier after same-sex marriage legalized

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US Study: gay men healthier after same-sex marriage legalized
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By Cherice Chen
Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Gay men who live in states where same-sex marriage is legal are
healthier, have less stress, make fewer doctor visits and have lower
health-care costs, a new study suggests.
It included more than 1,200 patients at a large Massachusetts health
clinic that provides services for gay men and other sexual minorities.

During the 12 months after the 2003 legalization of same-sex marriage
in Massachusetts, there was a significant decrease in medical care
visits, mental health visits and mental health-care costs among gay
and bisexual men, compared to the 12 months before the law changed.

This led to a 13 percent reduction in health-care visits and a 14
percent reduction in health-care costs. The health benefits were
similar for single gay men and those with partners.

No reduction was seen in HIV-related health visits by HIV-positive
men, which suggests that those in need of HIV/AIDS care continued to
use needed health-care services, the researchers said.

The study was published online Dec 15 in the American Journal of
Public Health.

"These findings suggest that marriage equality may produce broad
public health benefits by reducing the occurrence of stress-related
health conditions in gay and bisexual men," lead author Mark
Hatzenbuehler, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society
Scholar at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, said
in a foundation news release.

Women were not included in the study because there was too few who
visit the clinic.

Previous research has shown that not having the legal right to marry
can have a stressful effect on sexual minorities, according to the
release.

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:14606 UN Releases Report Detailing Discrimination, Abuse Of LGBT People

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UN Releases Report Detailing Discrimination, Abuse Of LGBT People
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Posted by: Bridgette P. LaVictoire on December 15, 2011.
The United Nations released today a report which was submitted to the
Human Rights Council as part of fulfilling resolution 17/19. That
resolution requested that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
form a commission to study and document the discriminatory laws and
practices and acts of violence against people based upon their sexual
orientation or gender identity. It also asked for information about
how international human rights law can be used to put an end to
violence and related human rights violations against sexual
minorities.

AllOut co-founder Andre Banks responded to the report stating "Today
the United Nations has sent a powerful message to member states around
the world, echoing what Hillary Clinton said last week: Gay rights are
human rights, and human rights are gay rights. This groundbreaking
report adds major momentum to the work that LGBT equality advocates
are doing worldwide. We applaud the U.N. High Commissioner on Human
Rights, and the South African government in particular, for their
courage and commitment to this historic civil and human rights
struggle."

African human rights and LGBT rights advocates worked with AllOut in
reponding to the report. Alice N'Kom, Attorney and founder of the
Association for the Defence of LGBT Rights in Cameroon stated "I am so
proud that this breakthrough was initiated by an African country, and
that South Africa is standing up for human rights. Not only were they
leaders at the United Nations in pushing for the passage of this
historic resolution on LGBT rights, they are also setting an example
for all African countries and sending a simple message : homophobia is
not an African value."

Ifeanyi Orazulike, director of the International Center for Advocacy
on Right to Health out of Abuja, Nigeria, said "This report highlights
how the majority of our countries still cling to penal codes written
under colonial rule – laws that make the lives and loving relationship
of LGBT people illegal. And these laws and the prejudicial attitudes
that keep them in place don't just punish LGBT Africans – they make
our societies sicker – by undercutting our urgent work to battle the
HIV / AIDS pandemic on the continent."

According to the Discriminatory Laws and Practices and Acts of
Violence Against Individuals Based on their Sexual Orientation and
Gender Identity report, "People experience violence and discrimination
because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In many cases,
even the perception of homosexuality or transgender identity puts
people at risk. Violations include – but are not limited to –
killings, rape and physical attacks, torture, arbitrary detention, the
denial of rights to assembly, expression and information, and
discrimination in employment, health and education. United Nations
mechanisms, including human rights treaty bodies and the special
procedures of the Human Rights Council, have documented such
violations for close to two decades."

The report makes several suggestions on how to proceed:

Investigate promptly all reported killings and other serious incidents
of violence perpetrated against individuals because of their actual or
perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
Ensure that no one fleeing persecution on grounds of sexual
orientation or gender identity is returned to a territory where his or
her life or freedom would be threatened.
Repeal laws used to criminalize individuals on grounds of
homosexuality for engaging in consensual same-sex sexual conduct, and
harmonize the age of consent for heterosexual and homosexual conduct.

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AHF Launches Campaign Against AIDS Discrimination at Hershey School
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At Washington D.C. press conference scheduled for Friday, December
16th at 10:00 AM Eastern, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will
announce willingness to contribute up to $50,000 to support federal
discrimination lawsuit filed by AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania
against the school on behalf of the 13-year-old boy and his mother

WASHINGTON, Dec 15, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- AIDS Healthcare Foundation
(AHF) will host an in-person press conference and teleconference on
Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:00 am at the National Press Club (529
14th Street NW, 13th Floor) to announce the launch of a campaign
against HIV/AIDS discrimination at Hershey School in Pennsylvania and
in support of the federal discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of a
13-year-old boy who was rejected for admission at Hershey explicitly
due to his HIV-positive status. At the event, AHF will announce its
willingness to contribute up to $50,000 to support the lawsuit filed
by AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and will express its moral outrage
at the case, which first made news earlier this month, on December 1,
2011 -- World AIDS Day.

According to the Associated Press (claim:Hershey School Rejects HIV-
Positive Pa. Boy)(claim:By Peter Jackson)(claim:12/1/11): "A private
boarding school connected with the Hershey chocolate company says it
was trying to protect other students when it denied admission to a
Philadelphia-area teenager because he is HIV-positive. The AIDS Law
Project of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit on behalf of the unidentified
boy in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Wednesday, claiming the
Milton Hershey School for disadvantaged students violated the
Americans with Disabilities Act. School officials acknowledged that
the 13-year-old boy was denied admission because of his medical
condition. They said they believed it was necessary to protect the
health and safety of the 1,850 others enrolled in the residential
institution, which serves children in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade
and where students live in homes with 10 to 12 others."

WHAT: Press Conference & Teleconference -
Hershey School Rejection of
HIV+ Boy
WHEN: Friday, December 16th - 10:00 am,
Eastern
WHERE: National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, 13th
Floor
Washington D.C. 20045
HOW: Dial in: 1-877-411-9748
Access Code: 7931503
WHO: Michael Weinstein, President, AIDS
Healthcare Foundation
Tom Myers, Chief of Public Affairs &
General Counsel, AIDS
Healthcare Foundation
AHF CONTACTS: Ged Kenslea : (323) 791-5526 mobile; Lori
Yeghiayan:
(323) 377-4312 mobile

"We are morally outraged by the blatant discrimination shown by the
Hershey School in this case. As the largest global AIDS organization,
we did not feel like AHF could stand by without offering support to
AIDS Law Project of the Pennsylvania and the suit they have filed on
behalf of the student," said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS
Healthcare Foundation. "The ignorance displayed by the Hershey
School's leadership is unacceptable and demonstrates just how much
work there is still to be done to dismantle the fear and
misinformation that still surrounds this disease more than 25 years
after Ryan White."

Ryan White was an American teenager from Kokomo, Indiana who, in the
mid-1980s, was expelled from middle school because he was HIV-
positive. A lengthy legal battle with the school ensued and White
became a galvanizing force in educating the country about HIV & AIDS
at a time when misinformation about the disease was widespread. After
his death in 1990, the U.S. Congress passed a major piece of
legislation named in his honor, the Ryan White CARE Act, which
provides funding for HIV/AIDS programs for low-income Americans.

About AIDS Healthcare Foundation

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to more
than 123,000 individuals in 26 countries worldwide in the US, Africa,
Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe.
www.aidshealth.org

SOURCE: AIDS Healthcare Foundation


AHF
Ged Kenslea
Communications Director
Cell: (323) 791-5526

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