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1,962 New HIV Cases in 2 Months - DOH

The Philippine Star - Manila, Philippines, 11/30/2017

In a span of two months, 1,962 new cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection were reported in the Philippines. During the two-month period, 118 deaths were recorded. Meanwhile, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach called out the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and some members of the media for disclosing the HIV status of one suspect arrested in a drug bust on November 27, 2017. In a post on Instagram, Wurtzbach – who advocated for HIV awareness and prevention during her reign as Miss Universe – said the incident has worsened the situation of people living with the virus in the Philippines.

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Egypt Jails 16 for 'Debauchery' as LGBT Crackdown Continues

BBC News, Egypt, 11/28/2017

Sixteen men arrested in October 2017 during a crackdown on homosexuality by the authorities in Egypt have been sentenced to three years in prison. A court in Cairo found 14 of them guilty of ‘inciting debauchery’ and ‘abnormal sexual relations’ on November 26 and the other two were convicted on November 27, 2017. However, they have reportedly been freed on bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($282; £211) each pending an appeal. The verdict for a 17th man on trial in the same case has been delayed. Homosexuality is not explicitly criminalised under Egyptian law. Instead, the authorities have relied on a 1961 prostitution law to charge people suspected of engaging in consensual homosexual conduct with ‘habitual debauchery’.

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Gabriela Launches Anti-Sexual Harassment Chatbot ‘Gabbie’

The Philippine Star - Manila, Philippines, 11/27/2017

Women's rights group Gabriela recently introduced the first chatbot in the Philippines to help make the reporting of sexual harassment easier. Gabriela said Gabbie is a Facebook messenger chatbot which can be searched as ‘Gabbiegabriela’ on the social media site. If you are reporting a case of sexual harassment, Gabbie asks if the incident happened on the street, the workplace, online or if it is committed by a stranger or someone known to the victim. The chatbot compiles the information into a form which can be printed to be given to the victim’s lawyer or human resources department, to any authoritative government unit or to Gabriela for further assistance.

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Report on Sex Workers Kept in Cold Storage

The Hindu - Karnataka, India, 11/26/2017

The State Government’s lackadaisical approach on a recent report on sex workers, submitted by a State-level committee constituted under the chairmanship of Jayamala in February 2017, has left sex workers disheartened, particularly those who had hoped to give up that life after interacting with the committee. According to the committee’s report, more than 72% of sex workers in the State were ready to give up their current job if provided an alternative. The committee collected data from a little over one lakh sex workers. It then recommended programmes to rehabilitate them, at an estimated cost of 733 crore rupees.

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Lagos Records Drop in HIV/AIDS Cases

The Nation - Lagos, Nigeria, 11/26/2017

Lagos State is said to be impressively emerging out of HIV and AIDS epidemic with a drop in cases of persons living with HIV. According to the CEO of the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency, Dr Oluseyi Temowo, there are about 217,658 positive people in the State, and about 64,554 are on anti-retroviral (ARV). He said the State is planning to commence the screening for HIV status of people living with disabilities starting with the people with visual and hearing impairments soon across the State.

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