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
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
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
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
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
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'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
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
Who are you to call me a victim? Ever hear of the Denver Principles? In the early 1980s, a group defining themselves as the People With AIDS Caucus rejected the word "victim," and HIV-positive people still do. I am not a victim, nor is my virus a burden to me any more than it is to you.
27 January 2014 | Huffington Post
Emmerdale's series producer Kate Oates has discussed the future of Val Pollard's HIV storyline, explaining that she wants the plot to challenge preconceptions surrounding the condition.
22 January 2014 | Digital Spy UK