New HIV laws will let minors get tested without parental consent in the Philippines

New HIV laws will let minors get tested without parental consent in the Philippines

Phipilppines LGBTI advocates. Photo: Twitter

In order to combat the skyrocketing rates of new HIV cases among young people in the Philippines, new laws will allow minors to get tested without their parents’ permission.

The HIV and AIDS Policy Act lapsed into law last week which advocates hope will strengthen the country’s response to its HIV crisis.

Philippines has already had more than 7,600 new HIV diagnosis this year alone. The south-east Asian nation has experienced a 174% increase in new infections since 2010. Some HIV experts have described the epidemic as a ‘national emergency’. Read More

Queensland attempted to tackle AIDS while sodomy remained a crime

Former Queensland premier Mike Ahern (left), with deputy Bill Gunn.

Former Queensland premier Mike Ahern (left) with deputy Bill Gunn. Credit; Mike Larder


A cabinet briefing on January 18, 1988, said gay and bisexual men were the major risk groups, with intravenous drug users “increasing in importance and are the major portal into the heterosexual community”.

“Additional resources must be allocated now, as failure to control the transmission of the disease will be disastrously expensive in the long term,” the minutes say. Read More


Cipla recalls 4,800 bottles of anti-HIV tablets from American market


Drug is recalling 4,800 of extended release tablets used for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from the American market, according to a report by the US regulator.

As per the latest Enforcement Report by the Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), the reason for the recall of the is ‘failed dissolution specifications’.

extended release tablets, 400 mg in the 30-count bottle have been manufactured by at its facility for USA Inc, it added. Read More

Lawsuit filed against NJ surgery center that may have exposed patients to HIV

Mark Manigan, an attorney for HealthPlus Surgery Center, on December 29, 2018, part of a press conference to discuss what the center is doing to comply with NJ Department of Health regulations. The facility was closed by the NJ Department of Health recently for not complying with certain regulations.

— A former patient has filed a class-action lawsuit against a Midland Avenue surgery center whose poor sterilization practices may have exposed nearly 3,800 former patients to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV during medical procedures earlier this year.

The three-count lawsuit was filed Friday in state Superior Court in Hackensack by Lauren Marrero, the patient, and her husband, Julio. It claims the HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook was negligent, careless, reckless and guilty of “wanton misconduct — on a continuing basis” for exposing patients to the dangerous pathogens. Read More

Taiwan may begin allowing HIV-positive organ transplants next year

Taiwan may begin allowing HIV-positive individuals to donate organs to HIV-positive patients sometime next year, Taiwan Organ Registry and Sharing Center Chairman Lee Po-chang (李伯璋) said Friday, hoping that the necessary legislation will be passed.

In May, the Legislative Yuan passed an amendment to the HIV Infection Control and Patient Rights Protection Act that gave HIV-positive patients the choice to give their consent to receiving organs from a donor with HIV. Read More

Bloody sheets, rusty tools reported at N.J. surgical center that may have exposed patients to HIV

When the news broke on Christmas Eve that a Bergen County surgery center might have exposed almost 4,000 patients to HIV and hepatitis B and C, there were scant details about what actually went wrong.

A state report released on Friday afternoon on HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook shows what did: Staff regularly failed to wash their hands; I.V. bags and tubes were used on multiple patients; powerful opioids were handled recklessly; and the facility was relying on an infection control plan almost 10 years old. Read More

The mystery father giving homage to HIV positive and street children and poor

Father Francis Limo Riwa (C) and his boys at his school in Nchiru, Tigania West, Meru Father Francis Limo Riwa (C) and his boys at his school in Nchiru, Tigania West, Meru

Father Francis Limo Riwa, 62, had no idea a children’s rescue centre could become a great institution and home to hundreds.

Started in 1998, it became a refuge of hope for children who were rejected and abandoned by relatives and the community after they lost their parents to HIV-Aids and other illnesses.

The children by then were severely stigmatised and their physical health wasted away so badly due to severe malnourishment that it promoted more opportunistic infection. Some developed chronic tuberculosis. Others had heavy jiggers infestation that developed gangrene.   Read More