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  • “An unspoken world of unspoken things”: a study identifying and exploring core beliefs underlying self-stigma among people living with HIV and AIDS in Ireland

    Despite evidence that high levels of self-stigma exist among PLHIV, and is experienced to a far greater extent than stigma received from the broader community, there is a paucity of research aimed at understanding causes and functions of self-stigma, and an absence of interventions to mitigate its harmful effects. Understanding the core beliefs underlying self-stigma is therefore essential.This pilot study used a qualitative approach to analyse interviews and written statements to uncover core beliefs underlying self-stigma, the functions thereof, and strategies used to overcome it, among a heterogeneous group of PLHIV in Ireland. See http://www.aidsmap.com/The-diminished-self-HIV-and-self-stigma/page/2657859/, which is based on this project.

    18 March 2015 | Swiss Medical Weekly
  • Misogyny in Fag Space: How to Have a Dick Without Being a Dick

    Not all gay men have penises, trans man Brandyn Gallagher warns, and it's about time other gay men started dealing with it. "Once upon a time, I was a young fag disguised as a girl. Throughout junior high and high school, I consistently dated boys who eventually figured out they were gay and dumped me so they could instead date men. Rejection, being told my body isn’t desirable or legitimate enough for the men toward whom I’m attracted, has been part of my internal narrative for as long as I can remember. It’s gotten better for me over time, but dating in the world of gay men is far from struggle-free—for anyone, but especially a trans man."

    18 March 2015 | Beta Blog
  • Thai junta may pass law banning men who have sex with men from monkhood

    The junta cabinet in Thailand has approved a bill on religion which can be used to prosecute, with jail terms, people who propagate ‘incorrect’ versions of Buddhist doctrines or cause harm to Buddhism. The bill also posts jail terms specifically for homosexual monks.

    11 March 2015 | Prachatai. org
  • HIV & AIDS in the news: A guide for reporting in a new era of prevention & treatment

    The reality of HIV and AIDS has evolved in the United States since it was first brought to public consciousness in the 1980s. While we have seen significant progress on prevention and treatment, public understanding lags and the unwarranted negative stigma associated with the disease continues to be an obstacle to eradication.

    06 March 2015 | GLAAD
  • PrEP: So Effective, It's Unheard Of

    As gay, bisexual and queer men and transgender individuals get more familiar with the drug, new possibilities continue to open up for us. Even so, the general heterosexual community has shown little excitement over this breakthrough -- even a widespread ignorance to the treatment's very existence.

    27 February 2015 | The Body.com
  • Ugandan gays go Bombastic

    The front cover of Uganda's first ever gay magazine shows a man donning purple feathers and a glittering mask above a rainbow and the words: "Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Lives." Bombastic is distributed for free by Uganda's gay community, which has also launched an online radio station, Kuchu Radio, in a bid to fight prejudice.

    21 January 2015 | DPA International
  • The Quest Workshop for Black and Minority Ethnic Gay and Bisexual Men

    Public Health England (PHE) has commissioned The Quest to deliver its flagship “The Quest Workshop”, aimed at reducing health risk behaviour and building resilience, to Black African, Black Caribbean, mixed Black and other ethnicity (BME) gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (MSM). As part of the project, The Quest will be delivering two workshops in London and one in Manchester. The first set of workshops will be taking place in March 2015.

    21 January 2015 | The Quest
  • China reports sharp rise in HIV cases in 2014

    China has reported a sharp rise in new cases of HIV infection last year, highlighting increased incidence of the disease among the elderly and young students. Official media reported a 15 per cent rise in the number of people diagnosed with HIV infections last year over the previous year, with about 100,000 people newly infected in 2014.

    19 January 2015 | Financial Times (free registration required)
  • New York City's public health 'warrior' revamps HIV messaging

    Beneath Grand Central Station, the doors of a downtown 6 train open to reveal one of the New York City Department of Health's newest public service announcements: A simple poster with two young men embracing tenderly urges riders to take an HIV test. The execution of this particular campaign is novel, a departure from the city’s past HIV displays. Previously, ominous and dramatic messaging reigned, akin to the lurid anti-smoking campaigns.

    04 January 2015 | Al-Jazeera America
  • Blinded by Fear: How Politics Influenced Medical Policy in Greece

    There is no one particular reason for Greece’s stringent policies on HIV. Rather, the combination of political power plays, economic instability, and societal fear planted the seeds for criminalization of the disease.

    10 December 2014 | The Politic
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