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  • Charlie Sheen, Rock Hudson and the changing face of HIV stigma

    HIV stigma perpetuates ideas that there are ‘good’ and ‘bad’ ways of living with HIV. In the same breath that Charlie Sheen discloses his HIV status, he distances himself from these aspects of “bad” HIV: he uses a lot of recreational drugs but he was never involved with “needles and that whole mess”; he had a lot of sexual partners, but he “always led with condoms and honesty”; he hired sex workers whom he is quick to describe as “unsavoury and insipid types”. Above all, he is under medical supervision – he presents his doctor in person on the Today show who verifies that he is “undetectable”.

    24 November 2015 | The Conversation
  • Can Charlie Sheen really have doctor-approved unprotected sex?

    Charlie Sheen did more than merely announce he’s HIV-positive on Tuesday morning’s “Today” show — he brought the disease and its myriad treatment methods straight to breakfast tables nationwide. In detailing his HIV journey, Sheen not only relieved himself of blackmail and innuendo — he introduced America to the impressive range of treatment options and procedures now available for the 37 million people living with HIV across the globe. Here’s what it all means for you.

    24 November 2015 | New York Post
  • Coming out of the ‘viral closet’

    Activist and blogger Greg Owen writes about why he chose to come out about being HIV positive and how it has helped others who don’t yet feel able to.

    19 November 2015 | Attitude
  • I am Charlie

    I wish Charlie well. I wish him hope, strength and fortitude against whoever would paint him as a monster. He may, in all his messiness, be just the person who turns the public image around of people living with HIV.

    18 November 2015 | Huffington Post
  • Here's What You Need to Know About HIV Before You Read Anything About Charlie Sheen

    Charlie Sheen, human, announced Tuesday that he did a very human thing — he caught a virus. As you encounter headlines and stories about Sheen, it's important to bring knowledge to them that will help you cut through the myths and get to the facts.

    17 November 2015 | Mic
  • The Sun criticised for spreading stigma with 'Hollywood actor with HIV' story

    The Sun has been accused of undoing years of work battling HIV stigma with a story claiming a “superstar” actor has been diagnosed with the illness.

    11 November 2015 | The Independent
  • TB language guide: ‘Every Word Counts’

    "Unfortunately, stigmatizing language is still commonplace in research and practice and the TB community is far behind the AIDS community in embracing language that respects the dignity of people with tuberculosis", said Ms. Blessina Kumar, Chair of the Global Coalition of TB Activists. "Stigma keeps people with TB in the shadows and is a key reason that over three million with TB go undiagnosed and untreated each year."

    06 November 2015 | Stop TB Partnership
  • ViiV Gives 23 Small Grants to Reduce HIV Stigma in Gay and Trans Groups Worldwide

    The grants are part of ViiV Healthcare's Positive Action for MSM and Transgender global initiative.

    27 October 2015 | Poz magazine news
  • Homosexuality may be caused by chemical modifications to DNA

    “Baby, I was born this way,” Lady Gaga sang in a 2011 hit that quickly became a gay anthem. Indeed, over the past 2 decades, researchers have turned up considerable evidence that homosexuality isn't a lifestyle choice, but is rooted in a person's biology and at least in part determined by genetics. Yet actual “gay genes” have been elusive. A new study of male twins, scheduled for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) in Baltimore, Maryland, today, could help explain that paradox. It finds that epigenetic effects, chemical modifications of the human genome that alter gene activity without changing the DNA sequence, may have a major influence on sexual orientation.

    08 October 2015 | Science Magazine
  • Straight Outta Time: Can a Blockbuster Help End a Black HIV Crisis?

    One of the summer's biggest hits, Straight Outta Compton, had an important message about HIV awareness. But did audiences take it in?

    28 September 2015 | The Advocate
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