Published 19 January 2010
Tags: health/medicine, hiv
By Claire Huang, Channel NewsAsia
Posted: 15 January 2010 2040 hrs
SINGAPORE: Medifund will be extended to Singaporeans who require HIV treatment from next month onwards.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said it will pump in another S$8.5 million to the fund to help the needy.
From April 2008 to March 2009, MOH had distributed S$73.7 million in Medifund grants to institutions – including some S$59 million that was channelled to needy patients.
Needy Singaporeans have been using Medifund for treatments like nursing home care and kidney transplants, and from next month they can use it to pay for HIV treatment. Continue reading ‘CNA: Medifund to be extended for HIV treatment from February’
20 June 2009
MEMO FROM BEIJING
‘Coming out’ in China
While homosexuality is still largely a social taboo, Chinese society is slowly opening up
By Sim Chi Yin, China Correspondent
TWO empty white picture frames hung on the art gallery’s wall.
Hours earlier, the authorities had marched in, inspected each art piece and asked for the sexually explicit ones to be removed.
But apart from those casualties, Beijing’s first gay art exhibition opened without trouble last Sunday.
A crowd of 200 gay, straight, Chinese and expatriate guests gathered over soft drinks and beer at the Songzhuang Art District on the city’s outskirts for what organisers quietly hailed as a breakthrough for gays in China, where homosexuality was delisted as a ‘mental illness’ only in 2001. Continue reading ‘ST: ‘Coming out’ in China’
5 June 2009
By Judith Tan
THE number of homosexuals and bisexuals here who tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) last year climbed to a new high.
The increase comes as overall figures rose 7.8 per cent, with activist groups and counsellors calling for more education across all genders and lifestyles.
Although the number of HIV cases from heterosexual transmission – which makes up the bulk at 54 per cent – has fallen from 255 in 2007 to 248 last year, the spread among homosexuals and bisexuals has spiked, rising by 16 per cent and 127 per cent respectively between 2007 and last year. Continue reading ‘ST: HIV up among gays and bisexuals’
Published 25 May 2009
Tags: hiv, sex education
25 May 2009
Straits Times Online Forum
Why teaching youth about condoms is important
I REFER to last Wednesday’s Forum Online letter, “Useful programme except for condom excerpt” by Mr Steven Tan, in which he argues that teaching youth about condom use will “confuse” them into unprotected sexual activity.
Last November, it was reported in the media that one in four sexually active women does not use birth control. Continue reading ‘ST Forum: Why teaching youth about condoms is important’
Published 6 May 2009
Tags: hiv, homophobia, law
5 May 2009
Sydney Star Observer
Push to ban sodomy laws
Former High Court justice Michael Kirby has called on lawyers to help repeal laws that criminalise homosexuality in 41 of the 53 Commonwealth countries.
Addressing the Commonwealth Law Conference in Hong Kong last month, Kirby said gay law reform was an ongoing “blind spot” in the Commonwealth, which should do more to end criminal codes that punish adults for consensual, private homosexual acts. Continue reading ‘Push to ban sodomy laws’
29 April 2009
I REFER to reactions to Aware’s Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) programme. The CSE was developed when data released in 2005 showed a sharp rise in sexually transmitted infections (STI) among teenage girls. Between 2000 and 2005, this figure grew 3.4 times. We were concerned because some STIs can cause sterility.
A study by the National University Hospital found that 117 girls under 20 years of age had abortions, and of these, nine had previous abortions. Nearly 30 per cent of women above age 20 had previous abortions.
Clearly, accurate information about safer sex and contraception is severely lacking for teens and adults. Aware’s CSE programme set out to help close the information gap. Continue reading ‘STForum: What the school programme teaches students’
25 April 2009
Gays under threat in Senegal
Local youth leader: “The homosexuals will not escape lynching. They will be fish food.
By Anne Look – GlobalPost
DAKAR, Senegal — A mob gathered near a mosque outside Dakar. They were there to hunt down and kill nine men accused of homosexual acts.
Earlier this week the nine Senegalese AIDS activists were freed from eight-year-prison terms for alleged homosexual acts, but they went into hiding because of death threats from Muslim religious leaders and the general population. Continue reading ‘Gays under threat in Senegal’