Category Archives: Pakistan

  1. Why the CIA’s Vaccine Ruse Is A Setback for Global Health

    Via TIME, by Emily Rauhala. Last week, the Guardian broke the news that in the run-up to the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, the CIA used a vaccination campaign as a ruse to get DNA evidence from the al-Qaeda leader’s kids. With help from a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, they set up clinics in two neighborhoods, Read More >>

    CIA, DNA, Hepatitis B, MSF, Nigeria, Pakistan, polio, public health, vaccine
  2. Homophobia stymies HIV fight in Islamic countries

    Via New Scientist, by Andy Coghlan. Stigma and homophobia against gay men is hampering efforts to manage a growing epidemic of HIV in Islamic countries, warn epidemiologists this week. “The stigma is a barrier to HIV prevention services,” says Laith Abu-Raddad of the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar in Doha. He heads up a team that is assembling, Read More >>

    HIV, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, homophobia, human rights, Islam, LGBT rights, MSM, Pakistan
  3. Narrow Window To Avert HIV Epidemics Among MSM in Middle East and North Africa

    Via AIDSMap, by Michael Carter. HIV epidemics are emerging among men who have sex with men (MSM) in a number of Middle Eastern and North African countries, an international team of investigators report in the online journal PLoSMedicine. Prevalence of HIV was as high as 28% among some populations of MSM in Pakistan, and in 2008 over Read More >>

    discrimination, Egypt, HIV, LGBT rights, Middle East, MSM, Northern Africa, Pakistan, prevalence, risk, sexual behavior
  4. At Risk: Sex, HIV and the Community in Pakistan

    [Thanks to the Global Forum on MSM and HIV for putting this on our radar.] via Newsline, by Huma Khawar Around 15 years of age, clad in a dirty shalwar kameez, the boy walks around the park, zeroes in on a customer and having struck the deal, takes him to the filthy public toilet located on the Read More >>

    gay men, hijra, MSM, Pakistan
  5. Sexual taboos hampering HIV/AIDS efforts in Pakistan

    Taboos about sex in Pakistan make it difficult to address HIV/AIDS and are hindering efforts to curb the spread of the disease, according to a study published recently in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, the New York Times reports. According to the study, seven times as many men as women are reported to be living with HIV in Read More >>

    anal sex, behavioral research, HIV transmission, MSM, Pakistan, UNAIDS