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Jamaica: Don’t Coerce Women Living With HIV To Tie Off

Patrice (not her real name) is a woman living with HIV. In a consultation with her doctor, she explained that she and her partner were planning to have a child. The doctor is said to have told her that she was wicked to want to get pregnant and pass the virus on to her child.

23 January 2019
The Gleaner
HIV in the Black Community: Tell the Story Right

For the first time, the words I am posting on My Fabulous Disease are not my own. This piece is from Craig Washington, whom I have known since our service at AID Atlanta 25 years ago. He continues to teach me about the lives and issues of Black gay men living with HIV.

18 January 2019
My Fabulous Disease
Family duty is a powerful force in China. Is that why so many couples signed up for the ‘CRISPR babies’ experiment?

Young adults in China feel a powerful cultural obligation to marry and have kids, but that life plan suddenly looks unattainable to people told they’re infected with HIV, particularly for the many who can’t afford or are unaware of treatments that would allow them to have uninfected children. So when an ambitious scientist offered HIV-positive men and their spouses what seemed to be a way out of this despair, several hundred couples in China jumped at the chance, expressing interest in a clinical trial that promised to deliver them babies forever protected from HIV infections.

15 January 2019
In 20 years living with HIV, my sanity has often been pushed to the limit

The virus has ultimately transformed my life for the better but thousands of us still endure high rates of poverty and prejudice.

03 January 2019
The Guardian
Model awarded $125,000 after her photo was used in an HIV ad campaign

A New York model has been awarded $125,000 in damages after her photo was used in an HIV ad campaign with the words 'I am positive'. Avril Nolan, who does not have HIV, had no idea her image was going to be used for the state's Division of Human Rights 2013 campaign.

13 December 2018
Daily Mail
Half of all British men believe people with HIV ‘are out to infect others’

Half of all British men believe people with HIV are 'out to infect others', according to a new study. And it found people are still unaware that hose living with undetectable levels of HIV can not transmit the virus. Mylan, the supplier for the NHS’ PrEP Impact Study, posted the data from its recent survey on HIV awareness.

13 December 2018
Gay Star News
India drains lake after discovery of HIV-infected body

Indian authorities are pumping water out of a sprawling southern lake to assuage villagers’ fears it was contaminated after the discovery of the body of a woman infected with HIV, a regional official said on Wednesday.

05 December 2018
Tackling HIV stigma in the health service

The Positive Voices survey shows the experience of stigma is clearly still a reality for many with HIV, even within the health service, where we should expect a better understanding of the condition. As a GP trainee, I am particularly concerned with how stigma may present in general practice.

03 December 2018
The King's Fund
What People Still Get Wrong About HIV – From 3 Women Who Live With It

Together, these three women have lived with HIV a combined 63 years. The biggest problem, all three women say, is stigma: people getting HIV wrong and believing a diagnosis means a life of misery – or a life cut short.

30 November 2018
Huffington Post
Stigma impairs cognition in men living with HIV

A new study has drawn a direct link between the amount of stigma men with HIV report experiencing and their scores on cognitive tests, measuring abilities such as memory and attention.

29 November 2018
Eurekalert Inf Dis
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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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