In a week of violent tragedy and proposed funding cuts, we're reading why the clock is ticking on an international donor response to anti-gay laws and violence

Published: July 25, 2013

Realities in Global Treatment of HIV: A refreshing read on the heels of a series of global health funding proposals (from the President, from the Senate State and Foreign Operations subcommittee, from the House Appropriations Committee) that essentially tell global AIDS fighters “keep up the good work with less money,” this New York Times editorial spells out the disconnect between the new World Health Organization HIV treatment guidelines and what is actually going to happen next. “The missing ingredient,” the editorial points out, “is enough financing by international donors and many afflicted countries to make treatments widely available. With seven million of the roughly 16 million people needing treatment by the previous conservative guidelines going untreated, that gap will grow under the new guidelines, which will make 26 million people eligible for treatment to prevent illness and transmission. Which means making the most of diminishing AIDS-fighting funds is more crucial than ever. There’s a way to do that, according to other pieces we’re reading this week.
The fatal flaw in anti-AIDS strategies: This chapter in the book mentioned in Wednesday’s post about the last year in the life of gay rights and HIV activist Eric Lembembe examines that question in light of the “Washington, DC Declaration” at the 2012 AIDS Conference. The chapter was adapted from a 76 Crimes blog post in the week leading up to the conference, examining the impossibility of implementing its nine strategies in nations where criminalization of homosexuality and institutionalized discrimination and neglect stand between services and many who need them most.
Violence Against LGBT People and Its Impact on HIV, Calling for a Coordinated Response: This call for adequate protection, support, and emergency responses for HIV programs serving sexual minorities cites the toll of deadly antigay violence in one week alone: the death of Eric Lembembe in Cameroon, the killing of two gay activists in Haiti, and the stabbing death of a nongender-conforming teenager in Jamaica. It also cites the article that follows, which shows the toll doesn’t end there, but also that it doesn’t have to be this way.

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