Archive for January, 2009

Burmese HIV Patients Driven Out of Rangoon

HIV/ AIDS patients in Myanmar (formerly Burma) who are being treated in Rangoon, particularly in the Rangoon Division North Okkalapa Towship, have alleged that the Health Department has pressured them to go back to their respective hometowns.”Some have been given discharge certificated forms the hospital, but they could not go back to their hometowns as they are still being administered injection as outpatients,” a patient, who do not wish to be identified, told reporter Ko Wild. “Some are waiti…

President Barack Obama’s Policy on HIV/ AIDS

Just as the new President of the United States Barack Obama took his oath of office, a lot of changes have become noticeable right away. One of which is the new interactive version of the White House website, where the Obama administration posts its agenda in the next four years. President Obama emphasizes that his administration would focus, among other things, on civil rights. Obama, a civil rights lawyer himself, and his team lay out their plans in promoting economic opportunity, working to i…

Gay Males Banned from Donating Blood in United States

January is celebrated in the United States of America as its National Blood Donor Month.  This is the time when the American Red Cross campaigns nationwide and appeals for people to donate blood to save lives.  However, as it turns out, not everyone is allowed to donate their own blood, even people who are deemed healthy.Thousands of gay men are being denied to donate their blood to the American Red Cross.  This has caused embarrassment and frustration to those who would attempt to donate blood,…

Extended Mandatory HIV Testing Raises Debate in Malaysia

The government of Malaysia has proposed for an expansion of its current ruling on mandatory HIV screening for all married couples. The revised mandatory testing policy would include all Muslim couples who seek to get married. The extension was first suggested by various organizations in the country, including non-Muslim groups, saying that HIV transmission can only be curbed through mandatory testing of all couples.Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak has expressed support for extending the policy,…