Last Week’s Surplus News


Uganda’s Presidential spokesman has castigated Ugandans who have been protesting against Yoweri Museveni‘s dictatorship as “economic refugees” who don’t matter since they are not provided for in Uganda’s constitution.  Read it here. has reported that Rwandan students have been sensitised to sexuality and HIV.  In a bid to utilise their holiday period well, 45 students heading Anti-AIDS clubs from various secondary schools across the country, Sunday completed a training program on sexuality, reproductive health and dangers of HIV/AIDS.

Meanwhile, Jamaica and Caribbean are deliberating comprehensive legal reforms to address discrimination and vulnerability along with policy directives to improve the reach and quality of HIV prevention programmes.  Ernest Massiah, Caribbean Regional Director for UNAIDS  has said the criminalisation of HIV transmission won’t help.

Long seen as the ugly step-child of HIV prevention, the female condom seems to be gaining popularity through grassroots campaigns, according to a report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

United Kingdom

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has announced that International Inspiration, is delivering on its international legacy promise a year earlier than planned.  In Zambia, International Inspiration is helping to address and educate young people about the issue of HIV and AIDS.

In the UK, men who have ever had sex with another man are banned from donating blood.  Gay rights campaigners say it is discriminatory, as other groups at high risk of HIV are not subject to a blanket ban.  A petition has been set up on the government’s new e-petitions website to call for the end of the blood donation ban for men who have had gay sex.  Read more about it here

We’ve talked about the criminalisation of HIV transmission before, twice, thrice!   Changes have been proposed to legal aid and will remove whole areas from the scheme, leaving many people little choice but to go it alone.  Make sure you know how to represent yourself in court if you ever need to.

You may remember an article we ran in July, which informed about the prejudice and stigma surrounding Dentists.  Under guidelines adopted by the Department of Health, health workers who carry out certain procedures are banned from working as soon as they are diagnosed as HIV positive.  It appears these guidelines are soon to be relaxed or rescinded all together!

Manchester’s 21st Gay Pride “The Big Weekend” kicks off on Friday, 25th August seeing performances from Pixie Lott, Sugababes and Alexandra Burke culminating with the George House Trust’s candlelit Vigil remembering those we’ve lost to HIV.

Science & Business

HIV changes the clinical presentation of tuberculosis infection with atypical radiographs and more common extra-pulmonary involvement.  Bellevue Hospital, Department of Medicine, New York retrospectively studied pleural tuberculosis in HIV-positive patients over a 5-year period and have published their report online

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA), the world’s largest generic-drug maker, was sued by a joint venture of GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) and Pfizer Inc. (PFE) for infringing a U.S. patent for the HIV drug Epzicom.  Read about it here.


Coronation Street fans may welcome news of a HIV storyline appearing in the soap, however if you don’t like spoilers, don’t click the link.

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