Uganda plans to pass new version of anti-gay law by Christmas: lawmaker

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Drafters of a revised anti-gay law want parliament to pass it in time to be a "Christmas gift" for Ugandans, a lawmaker said on Friday, after a controversial earlier version was quashed because of legal technicalities.

Legislation passed by parliament almost a year ago, which would have punished gay sex with long prison terms, provoked a storm of international protest and led some donor countries to withhold aid. A constitutional court overturned the law in August.

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Media-Driven Stigma Continues With New HIV Criminalization Case

Despite the immense progress made in the battle to destigmatize HIV and end HIV criminalization laws, the mainstream media is failing to catch up and join the fight. In some cases, the media's coverage of HIV criminalization becomes the source of stigma.

A new case under an outdated HIV criminalization law in Illinois demonstrates the media's inability to handle sensitive information. But it also complicates the public health sector's efforts to destigmatize HIV among vulnerable communities.

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Positive Women: Exposing Injustice

Women's voices have rarely been heard on this important issue. What happens if a woman does not disclose her HIV-positive status to a sexual partner? How does criminalization impact HIV-positive women in Canada, who are trying to live their lives in the shadow of stigma and fear? Does the law actually protect women's health? How do women feel about their experience with the criminal law with respect to HIV non-disclosure?

Positive Women: Exposing Injustice takes the audience into the hearts and minds of four positive women bravely speaking out on this important issue.

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Yemen: HIV Patients Denied Health Care

(Sanaa) – People with HIV and AIDS are routinely denied care within Yemen's health care system, Human Rights Watch said in an October 2014 letter to the Yemeni minister of health released today. Yemeni authorities should end discrimination by health workers against people with HIV and ensure patients' equal access to healthcare services, as mandated by a 2009 law.

"Kicking sick people out of the hospital because they have HIV is not just discriminatory, it's cruel," said Nadim Houry, deputy Middle East and North Africa director. "The Health Ministry should enforce Yemen's law barring discrimination against people who are HIV-positive."

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Nepal: Draft Criminal Code prohibiting infectious disease transmission singles out people with HIV and Hepatitis B

Lawmakers in Nepal are considering a draft law that singles out people with HIV and hepatitis B, contrary to recommendations from UNAIDS and the Global Commission on HIV and the Law.

According to the draft text, tweeted by IRIN Humanitarian News reporter Kyle Knight, Article 103 'Prohibition of transmission HIV' of Chapter 5, Offenses against Public Interest, Health, Safety, Facilities and Morals, criminalises people who are "aware of knowledge of one's own positive HIV or Hepatitis B status", who "purposefully or knowingly commit acts that would transmit Hepatitis B or HIV, give blood or coerce to give blood or come into sexual contact without precautionary measures in place, or cause entry of blood, semen, saliva, or other bodily fluids into the body of another."

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