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  • How We Talk About U=U and the Importance of Precise Language

    Bob Leahy on what words to use and what words to avoid when describing risk and ability to transmit applicable to an undetectable viral load – and why that’s important.

    19 October 2017 | Positive Lite
  • How I Make My Mixed HIV Status Relationship Work

    I'm HIV positive, but my partner is not. And though science has rendered that difference medically negligible, it's hard to shed decades of stigma overnight.

    16 October 2017 | Vice
  • Reconsidering Primary Prevention: a Call To Action For The Global HIV Response

    "The [HIV] prevention toolbox is getting bigger, but the application of the tools is getting smaller. For...prevention to stand a chance, the silence, denial, negativity, and moralism surrounding sex and drug use must end. Policy makers and donors, including governments, must shed their reluctance to openly and positively address sex and drug use in their public health discourse and responses to HIV."

    09 October 2017 | MSMGF
  • 2017 Is the Year That HIV Stigma Is Finally Loosening

    Studies have proven that having an undetectable viral load means you can't transmit HIV—and people are finally waking up.

    09 October 2017 | Vice
  • The Straight Men Who Have Sex with Trans Women

    "Matt's first sexual experience with a trans woman was in 1987, with a girl he picked up on the West Side Highway. This stretch of New York road runs parallel to the Hudson River, from the southern harbors of Manhattan to the Upper West Side. It used to be an infamous pickup spot for trans sex workers. Though Matt loved the sex itself, it wasn't long after orgasm that he felt a throat-clenching sense of anxiety. "I was driving her back and I was so nervous, 'Is someone going to see me?' Absolute fear—HIV, Did I give myself HIV? I was so afraid [thinking of] how I'd tell anybody."

    09 September 2017 | Vice
  • James Wharton addresses ‘vile and disgusting’ gay sauna comments

    In a 2014 column for Attitude’s sister publication Winq, James wrote: “Sex saunas need to be history. The time has come to close them down. If we don’t, we feed the haters and we hand the bigots who remain a vocal minority ammunition with which to attack us.” Now, in an interview for Attitude’s September issue, Matt Cain asks James whether he was guilty of hypocricy after writing about his experiences with chemsex. “In three years a lot can happen,” James replies, “and a lot of which happened to me I do discuss in the book.”

    05 September 2017 | Attitude
  • I'm A Grandmother, I Have HIV, And I Can't Pass It On

    This is one of the biggest developments since the start of the HIV epidemic, yet people don’t know it. It means people can have sex, relationships and children, with someone living with HIV, without becoming infected. For some it can sound a bit unreal - but it’s true. And if everyone know this we could stop HIV stigma.

    19 July 2017 | HuffPost UK
  • PrEP conspiracies and stigma are killing us

    Two studies have shown that the people who have the highest risk of acquiring HIV are the ones most likely prevented from taking PrEP by beliefs about what using the HIV prevention drug might say about them, or whether they are being used through PrEP. Stigma continues to interfere in our health care and this country’s history of medical racism casts a long shadow.

    15 July 2017 | The Advocate
  • Zambian Activists Launch ‘Team No Shame About HIV+’ Campaign

    Over a dozen Zambian youths living with HIV and those who are passionate about fighting the spread of the virus have taken to social media to launch a campaign dubbed ‘Team No Shame About HIV+.’ Activist Benjamin Sakala said: "The other message we are trying to use as a campaign is the U=U meaning Undetectable = Untransmittable. This is aimed at encouraging HIV positive people to do their viral load tests and not just thinking about their CD4."

    05 July 2017 | Paul Shalala / Blogspot
  • ‘We must listen to science, not stigma. People on effective HIV treatment cannot pass on the virus.’

    Medical evidence has shown that people living with HIV and who are on effective treatment cannot pass on the virus. However, a major new survey by Terrence Higgins Trust has shown that only 9% of the British public are aware of this fact, which has been evidenced by scientific research.

    29 June 2017 | Terrence Higgins Trust
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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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