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Author Archives: Sean Bland

02.02.18

New "Conscience and Religious Freedom Division" within Department of Health and Human Services

By Sean Bland

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the formation of a new “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” which will sit in the HHS Office for Civil Rights. HHS says that this new division has been established to “restore federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable […]

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01.17.18

THE WILLIAMS INSTITUTE RELEASES FIRST-EVER REPORT OF HIV CRIMINALIZATION IN GEORGIA

By Sean Bland

On January 10, 2018, the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law released the first-ever report of HIV criminalization in the US state of Georgia. The report follows previous studies examining available data on all arrests or prosecutions resulting from enforcement of HIV criminalization laws in a single jurisdiction. These studies have been conducted to […]

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11.14.17

The Opioid Crisis and HIV

By Sean Bland

President Trump recently declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. Advocates and physician groups say this is a first step in increasing awareness about the opioid crisis and looking at the causes of the epidemic directly, but significantly more needs to be done. The opioid crisis has impacted cities and communities across the nation, […]

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10.30.17

Recent HIV Updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

By Sean Bland

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines the goals of its HIV prevention efforts in the United States to be preventing new HIV infections, improving health outcomes for persons living with HIV, reducing HIV-related disparities and health inequities, and continually improving the effectiveness and efficacy of operations. These goals are reflected in the […]

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10.04.17

Recent Developments in HIV Criminalization

By Sean Bland

This blog post was co-authored by Natalie Dobek, a second-year law student at Georgetown Law and a research assistant at the O’Neill Institute. In the United States, criminalizing HIV remains a way in which people with HIV are discriminated against. HIV criminalization refers to the unjust application of criminal laws to people living with HIV […]

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08.16.17

Long-Acting Agents for HIV Treatment and Prevention: Updates from the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science

By Sean Bland

The global advocacy for HIV/AIDS has been a model of success for an array of initiatives such as the climate protection movement. Analysts point to the multi-stakeholder composition and the autonomy from governments as some of the features that have allowed for an increasing global consensus on the necessary steps toward scaling up HIV treatment […]

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08.15.17

Art, Health, and Human Rights: John Rae’s The Positive Community Wins Social Documentary Network’s Photo Contest

By Sean Bland

It is widely recognized that art can accomplish broader community goals. Here at the O’Neill Institute, the Health and Human Rights Initiative has been exploring art as a tool for making health and human rights issues more visible and comprehensible. Program Director Alicia Ely Yamin launched Dialogues on Being Human: The Intersections of Art, Health […]

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07.27.17

HIV, Racial Justice, and Legal Organizations Release “Consensus Statement on HIV ‘Treatment as Prevention’ in Criminal Law Reform”

By Sean Bland

This blog post was authored by Sean Bland and Javier Saladich, a Summer Research Intern at the O’Neill Institute and a third-year law student at ESADE Business and Law School in Barcelona, Spain. Earlier this month, a group of organizations and advocates released a “Consensus Statement on HIV ‘Treatment as Prevention’ in Criminal Law Reform”. […]

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05.24.17

O’Neill Institute Contributes to Public Comment on PrEP for HIV Prevention

By Sean Bland

I would like to discuss the O’Neill Institute’s contribution to a recent public comment. The content of the public comment will be reviewed by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), but also may be of interest to general audiences. On March 22, 2017, Jeffrey S. Crowley and I partnered with researchers at The Fenway […]

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05.01.17

Constitutional Challenge to Ohio HIV Criminalization Law

By Sean Bland

This post was written by Sean Bland and Safura Abdool Karim, a 2017 Global Health Law LL.M. Candidate at Georgetown University Law Center. On May 17, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral arguments in State of Ohio v. Batista, a constitutional challenge to an Ohio law (R.C. 2903.11(B)(1)), which makes it a […]

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