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June 19th, 2012

HIV-related discrimination denies young workers opportunities for accessing decent work

Young people living with HIV are finding it hard to find employment, even though they have the necessary competence and skills. The practice of mandatory HIV testing remains common. Job applicants are often denied employment if they are found to be HIV- positive. “It’s already hard to find a decent job and if you’re a […]

June 15th, 2012

New Publication: Positive Learning: Meeting the needs of YPLHIV in the education sector

GNP+, in partnership with UNESCO, have published, Positive Learning: Meeting the needs of young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) in the education sector

This document outlines roles and responsibilities for the education sector in supporting young people living with HIV to realize their personal, social and educational potential. It provides practical recommendations for all those involved in the education sector, and further suggested actions for those in the health sector and for civil society. It is a tool for networks of people living with HIV and specifically young people living with HIV to advocate for more appropriate, conducive and supportive education systems. GNP+ and UNESCO adopted the framework of Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention for the publication to place the needs and well-being of the young person living with HIV at the centre of the discussion.

May 23rd, 2012

E-consultations LIVING 2012: Informing the Global Advocacy Agenda

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In the lead up to LIVING 2012: The Positive Leadership Summit, the 13th International Conference for people living with HIV, the Global Network of People living with HIV and the LIVING 2012 partnership are starting further e-consultations as of today, Wednesday 23 May.

The e-consultation can be found at the following link: www.aidsmap.com/living2012.

We invite you to take part in these e-consultations, and help to shape the Global Advocacy Agenda for and by people living with HIV.

May 15th, 2012

Violation of human rights and breaches of medical confidentiality by the Greek Police and Health Authorities

Joint news release GNP+ and NSWP

As part of a Government authorised crackdown on hundreds of unlicensed brothels around Greece, sex workers are being arrested, submitted to forced HIV testing and facing criminal charges without recourse to due process, as well as being publically identified in the media.

As a result of these actions women are to face prosecution on charges of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm merely because they are HIV positive. There is no proof of exposure or transmission to others nor is it clear that any of these women knew their HIV status prior to this test. They are facing further charges for misdemeanours related to alleged illegal prostitution.

April 25th, 2012

GNP+ welcomes new WHO Couple HIV Testing and Counselling Guidelines

The Global Network of People living with HIV welcomes the release of the World Health Organization’s “Guidance on Couples HIV Testing and Counselling and Antiretroviral Therapy for Treatment (ART) and Prevention in Serodiscordant Couples: Recommendations for a public health approach”. The new Guidance recommends increased offering of HIV testing and counselling to couples, with support for mutual disclosure. Other recommendations include offering antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV prevention to HIV-discordant couples.

GNP+ supports the specific attention paid in the Guidance to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of serodiscordant couples. Following a study amongst HIV-discordant couples conducted in 2009[i], GNP+ concluded that the needs of HIV-discordant couples have received insufficient attention in the research and policy agenda.

March 23rd, 2012

World TB Day 2012: GNP+ calls for a client centered approach to TB diagnosis, treatment and care

24 March, 2012: The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) recognises this World TB Day, the annual day to focus attention on tuberculosis, by calling for a paradigm shift to address the world’s leading cause of death for people living with HIV.

According to the World Health Organization, tuberculosis (TB) is responsible for one in four HIV-related deaths. Globally, around one third of all people living with HIV also have TB. While people living with HIV, and especially children, are 21-34 times more likely to develop active TB due to a weakened immune response, the loss of 350,000 people living with HIV in 2010[i] to a curable disease is unacceptable.

March 8th, 2012

International Woman’s Day 2012: GNP+ calls for more protection of women’s and girls’ rights in the HIV response

8 March 2012 - The Global Network of people living with HIV (GNP+) urges all stakeholders in the HIV response to better utilize opportunities to promote the health and dignity of women and girls, living with and affected by HIV.

“A lot more can be done to promote women´s and girls´ rights as part of the HIV response,” says GNP+ co-chair Anna Zakowicz.

February 27th, 2012

HIV Is Not a Crime – Video on US legal system response to HIV

HIV is a Crime is a US documentary showing the absurdities in the US legal system around using peoples’ HIV status as a additional felony charge. The documentary is supported by GNP+ North America.

February 23rd, 2012

Experts endorse OSLO Declaration on HIV Criminalisation

Amsterdam 23/02/2012. Representatives from international civil society have released the Oslo Declaration on HIV Criminalisation. The declaration is an advocacy and policy statement against the overly-broad use of the criminal law to regulate and punish people living with HIV for behaviour that in any other circumstance would be considered lawful. The declaration was created and endorsed by twenty individuals and representatives of civil society from around the world with expert knowledge in health, scientific, social, ethical, political, human rights and judicial issues relating to HIV.

February 10th, 2012

APN+: EU-India FTA being negotiated at the cost of patients lives

APN+ strongly condemns the EU’s deadly trade policies

10 February 2012, Bangkok – At the Annual General Meeting of the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (APN+), the APN+ Board strongly condemned the European Union’s continuing attacks on generic medicines through the EU-India FTA negotiations. At the EU-India Summit being held in New Delhi today, the EU is pressuring the Indian government to announce political “trade-offs” for the FTA negotiations.

On the 3rd of February we took empty ARV bottles to the European Commission’s office to show them what the result of the EU-India FTA would be,” said Mr Sudin Sherchan of the National Association of People Living with HIV in Nepal. Since 2007, the EU-India FTA negotiations have become increasingly controversial as leaked texts of the negotiations show that the EU is pushing India to adopt intellectual property protection standards far in excess of what is required under the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

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