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  • A tale of two women dealing with HIV and self-stigma

    Zimbabwean people living with HIV recently took part in a 12-week course on dealing with self-stigma and other negative thoughts that people have in relation to themselves. The initiative was different in the sense that previous efforts to address HIV-related stigma have focused on “changing people out there,” the project manager, Nadine Ferris France told us. “We don’t have many programmes that are actually focused on us, programmes that are dealing with the negative thoughts that we have about ourselves and that’s self-stigma,” she said.

    17 April 2014 | Key Correspondents
  • HIV Testing Counselor Sells 'Truvada Whore' Shirts For AIDS Charity

    Adam Zebowski, an HIV test counselor at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, is selling #TruvadaWhore t-shirts at a Kickstarter-style site to help meet his AIDS/Lifecycle fundraising goal of $3000.

    01 April 2014 | Towelroad (blog)
  • Gay-on-Gay Shaming: The New HIV War

    HIV-related stigma is worse than ever. Not the external kind, where a society is panicked about the new plague. Thankfully, the days of being shunned by hospital orderlies or funeral homes are over. But I'd prefer that kind of stigma over today's brand. At least I knew how to fight the external kind. Today's internal stigma, where a community shuns its own, is seemingly intractable and far more destructive

    28 February 2014 | Huffington Post
  • Meet the Brighton faces of HIV, fighting to dispel its stigma

    The subjects of the Stand Tall – Get Snapped exhibition range from 22 to 79 years old. They are gay, straight, old, young, black and white. But they have all suffered some kind of stigma after being diagnosed with the disease.

    25 February 2014 | The Argus
  • 10 myths about the AIDS response

    Peter Piot has called on the AIDS movement to take a cold, hard look at the lessons learned, and counter what he sees as the dangerous myths that could lead to a collective state of denial.

    17 February 2014 | International HIV/AIDS Alliance
  • Athens mayoral candidate says he is HIV positive

    One of Greece's best-known proponents of gay rights, who is running for mayor of Athens, on Sunday said he is HIV positive in a taboo-breaking move. Gregory Vallianatos, a 58-year-old journalist, made the announcement on his Facebook page.

    17 February 2014 | Zee News
  • LGB individuals living in anti-gay communities die early

    In the first study to look at the consequences of anti-gay prejudice for mortality, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals who lived in communities with high levels of anti-gay prejudice have a shorter life expectancy of 12 years on average compared with their peers in the least prejudiced communities. "The results of this study suggest a broadening of the consequences of prejudice to include premature death," noted the study's lead author, Mark Hatzenbuehler, PhD, assistant professor of Sociomedical Sciences. The study is online in the journal Social Science & Medicine.

    16 February 2014 | Mailman School of Public Health
  • Fuck poz guys!

    Marc-André LeBlanc asks if you’re a neg guy is it safer to have sex with poz guys or neg guys? Limit your condomless sex to poz guys with undetectable viral loads and avoid condomless sex with casual negative partners he suggests.

    11 February 2014 | Positive Lite
  • Emmerdale spoilers: Val is diagnosed HIV positive

    Emmerdale's series producer Kate Oates said recently: "It's about HIV in a straight, middle-aged white married woman, which is not a story that I think soap has tackled yet."

    11 February 2014 | Radio Times
  • Homo-“phobia” in sub-Saharan Africa: How much more time are we going to postpone the real therapy of the “disease”?

    Homophobia, like all human phobias, requires therapy. It would thus be more appropriate to consider homophobia as a social construct, a complex, and treat it as such. To do this, we must put our societies “on the couch” and let them express their suffering. This can happen in various ways but in any case a well-defined strategic plan for the long term seems needed. In this process, the role of the state and the international community must be, first and foremost, to organize, promote and guarantee free expression, without violence.

    31 January 2014 | International Health Politics
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