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  • Do you still reject someone just because they have HIV?

    For many people living with HIV, it is the stigma that they face that now provides the greatest challenge. Attitudes towards people living with HIV have not progressed as rapidly or as positively as the medical treatment has.

    15 February 2018 | Gay Star News
  • Gianni Versace lived and died in an era of silence around AIDS. 20 years later, little has changed

    Character after character speaks of disease and sickness and treatment and dying—but no one truly claims the affliction for themself. Ronnie speaks around the disease, but fails to say its name. A nurse alludes to new therapies, but never says what they’re for. On FX’s Versace biopic, AIDS it seems, is the ultimate four-letter word.

    29 January 2018 | Quartz
  • Report highlights the need to clean the conversation around drug use

    Advocates have cautioned against using language that stigmatizes drug use or portrays people who use drugs as morally flawed or inferior. Rather, language should be "people-first" and reflect the medical nature of substance use. "Person with a substance use disorder" should be used over "addict" or "junkie" for example and "supervised consumption site" over "fix site" or "shooting gallery."

    11 January 2018 | The Globe and Mail
  • Man with HIV goes public in powerful Facebook post in bid to tackle stigma

    Andrew Gamez-Heath wanted to help others understand that HIV is nothing to be ashamed of.

    11 January 2018 | Daily Mirror
  • Undetectable = Untransmittable. So Why The Hell Isn’t That Catching On?

    One can’t help but wonder what role racism plays in the field’s apparent distrust of people with HIV. [They] have been knowing (and practising) viral suppression as a responsible and ethical prevention strategy for years, with limited support from their providers - sometimes facing stigma and discrimination as a result of this choice. It’s a travesty that it took this long for public health and the HIV field to catch up. And have we really? How many HIV and LGBTQ organizations have retrained their staff to make sure they understand the science?

    04 December 2017 | Huffington Post
  • How homophobia feeds Russia's HIV epidemic

    In a country where gay people are persecuted by society and the state, even getting tested for HIV is fraught with problems

    04 December 2017 | The Observer
  • How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Mark World AIDS Day

    Their first official outing as a newly engaged couple will include HIV activism.

    30 November 2017 | Poz
  • Rising HIV infections see Iran challenge notions about sex

    Iran has seen a surge in the number of HIV infections spread by sex, especially among its youth. What's more, authorities say many have no idea that they are infected. That has led to growing uncomfortable questions in the Islamic Republic, where sex outside of marriage is prohibited and those who practice it can face arrest and severe punishment

    29 November 2017 | ABC News
  • 12 Gay Men Living With HIV Explain What It Means To Be Undetectable

    A British LGBTQ advocacy group is hoping to clarify some misconceptions about what it means to be HIV undetectable in a quirky new video. “The Undetectables,” released Tuesday, features testimony from 12 gay men who are living with HIV.

    17 November 2017 | HuffPost
  • What's it like being in a HIV mixed diagnosis relationship?

    'I spent a lot of time researching the condition and I learnt quite quickly that people with HIV live the same length of time as people without. The most important fact is that if your partner is on HIV medication, there's zero chance of being infected."

    15 November 2017 | Metro
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Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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