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Lawsuit Claims Dating Sites Disclose Statuses Img

Lawsuit Claims Dating Sites Disclose Statuses

Members of a dating site for those living with HIV were shocked to learn that their information was leaked, and that the practice was part of well-hidden terms and conditions.

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California: Immigration Court Rules in Favor of HIV-Positive Man Facing Deportation

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) overturned an immigration judge's decision ordering an HIV-infected immigrant's deportation to Mexico. In 2006, the individual qualified for "withholding of removal under the Immigration and Nationality Act" bec...

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60 Oklahoma Dental Patients Test Positive for Hepatitis or HIV

The Tulsa Health Department announced that approximately 60 former patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington's dental clinics tested positive for hepatitis or HIV. Harrington was criticized by the state dental board for poor sterilization practices. More t...

Law Enforcement and HIV Policy Groups Release Fact Sheet for Police on HIV Risks Img

Law Enforcement and HIV Policy Groups Release Fact Sheet for Police on HIV Risks

Every year, people with HIV face special criminal charges ranging from aggravated assault to intentional HIV transmission following run-ins with police officers. There are no known HIV transmission cases from so-called "exposure offenses" -- yet pros...

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HIV/AIDS Legal Assessment Tool Aims to Tackle HIV-Related Discrimination

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's "Impatient Optimists" blog, Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, examines the HIV/AIDS Legal Assessment Tool (.pdf) created by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. S...

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New York: 716 Patients at VA May Have Been Exposed to HIV

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has informed local lawmakers and members of Congress that 716 patients at the Buffalo VA Medical Center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C because of the inadvertent reuse of insulin...

HIV Exceptionalism Is Alive and Well -- and That's Too Bad Img

HIV Exceptionalism Is Alive and Well -- and That's Too Bad

Paul Sax, M.D., works in one of the most advanced, enlightened centers of medicine in the world -- but even there, oversensitivity and stigma surrounding HIV remains common among health care professionals, he writes.

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Stigmatization Slows Kenya's Efforts to Avert Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

Pregnant women in Kenya are giving birth to HIV-infected babies either because they do not know their HIV status or they are avoiding the hospitals. Stigma and discrimination are driving their behaviors. At a recent forum in Nairobi, on mother-to-chi...

Alabama: Ruling Soon on Isolation of Inmates With HIV Img
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Alabama: Ruling Soon on Isolation of Inmates With HIV

Upon being incarcerated in Alabama, all prisoners are tested for HIV. Those who test positive must wear white plastic armbands identifying them as infected. They're also not allowed to work in the cafeteria or transfer near family.

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Massachusetts: Fitchburg Man Gets Three Years for Not Disclosing HIV to Sex Partners

A Fitchburg, Mass., man who is HIV-positive and had unprotected sex with several partners without informing them that he was infected with the virus pled guilty to related charges and was sentenced to three years in prison on October 24. The Massachu...