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Q&A: Battling HIV PrEP stigma with Rep. Brian Sims

To combat the stigma surrounding PrEP use, Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, the first openly gay man to be elected to the Pennsylvania legislature, recently shared a photo of himself holding an FTC/TDF pill on Instagram.

Published
24 May 2019
From
Healio
Stop doubting the evidence – people living with HIV and on effective treatment cannot pass it on

People living with HIV still have to face stigma due to people who refuse to believe the scientifically proven power of modern day effective treatment

Published
09 May 2019
From
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Rep. Brian Sims on Taking HIV Prevention Drug: 'The Shaming Around PrEP Is Akin to Shaming Women on the Pill'

Pennsylvania Representative Brian Sims said he hoped the stigma surrounding a drug that can prevent HIV will one day end, after announcing he has been taking it himself. Sims, the first openly gay state legislator in Pennsylvanian history, posted photos on social media showing him holding a Truvada pill, also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Published
26 April 2019
From
Newsweek
The Listening Project: I’ll Speak About it All Day Long (sound file)

Two 17-year-old girls infected with HIV as babies discuss their common experience in the BBC's Listening Project, a sound archive of our modern times.

Published
25 April 2019
From
BBC
The largest study involving transgender people is providing long-sought insights about their health

The research examines once taboo questions about the impacts of gender transition. The European Network for the Investigation of Gender Incongruence (ENIGI) is the largest scientific study of transgender people in the world, now with 2600 participants, and is unique because it is prospective, studying the impact of hormone and other therapies on their health over the long term.

Published
25 April 2019
From
Nature
Challenging My Own Bigotry

An HIV-negative gay man confronts his history with men living with the virus.

Published
25 April 2019
From
Poz
India’s first LGBTQ clinic and HIV treatment centre inaugurated in Mumbai

Based out of the Humsafar Trust’s office jn Mumbai, the centre will give free counselling and provide Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) to the LGBTQ community. TAshok Row Kavi, founder chairperson of the Trust, said: “Until now we would get testing done for the community members at our centre. If tested positive for the disease, they would be asked to go to Sion Hospital, but there was a huge dropout (rate) there. Because of how the community is perceived outside, a lot of these people wouldn’t seek treatment."

Published
12 March 2019
From
Hindustan Times
UNAIDS urges action to change discriminatory laws in order to restore dignity and respect and save lives

On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS calls on countries to examine discriminatory provisions in their laws and policies and make positive changes to ensure equality, inclusion and protection

Published
01 March 2019
From
UNAIDS press release
Why Science Shows Us the Best Way to Beat HIV Stigma

Instead of throwing anything anti-stigma against the wall and hoping it sticks, we now have a tool with a much higher chance of success. The U=U message is incredibly powerful.

Published
24 February 2019
From
POZ
A Raw, Romantic Campaign Paints a New Narrative of HIV In Vietnam

The message is simple but quite radical: It’s possible for people living with HIV to have a healthy and fulfilling sex life.

Published
29 January 2019
From
Vice
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

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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