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Confidentiality breaches, stigma and a lack of time are stopping men in Côte d’Ivoire from getting tested and treated for HIV

Interviews with men in Côte d’Ivoire reveal radical differences in the perceptions of those who do and don’t access care. Research, published in PLOS ONE, found many of the worries of men out of care are not reflected in the experiences of those with regular contact with services. Men’s perceptions were linked with their level of engagement with HIV care, with men who have regular contact with HIV testing and treatment services displaying more positive attitudes than those with little or no contact with such services. The paper can be seen at https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0211385

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HIV Stigma Makes Zambian Mothers Think Twice About Exclusive Breastfeeding

In Zambia, women who are HIV-positive are encouraged to exclusively breastfeed their babies, but those mothers say extended breastfeeding is a telltale sign that they have the virus.

Published
15 April 2019
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Global Press Journal
‘Demeaning’ to portray counsellor as HIV-positive sex worker – Kenyan court

Though the world is moving towards de-stigmatising HIV/AIDS, it is still not difficult to imagine a court awarding damages to someone who is publicly – but either without their permission or else incorrectly – said to be living with the condition.

Published
11 April 2019
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Legal Brief
Arizona sued over 'No Promo Homo' school sex-ed curriculum

Two gay-rights organizations are suing Arizona over its so-called "No Promo Homo" law, which bans public district and charter school HIV/AIDS instruction that "promotes a homosexual lifestyle."

Published
29 March 2019
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AZ Central
Greece's LGBTI people defiant in face of homophobic arson attack

Just hours after arsonists targeted a major HIV testing center, the center resumed providing tests for people in Athens.

Published
21 March 2019
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Gay Star News
Athens Checkpoint HIV test centre target of arson attack

The culprits tore down the LGBTQ rainbow flag on the balcony, from which they gained access to the offices and set the fire with gasoline.

Published
13 March 2019
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ToBHMA
Switchboard: Homophobia, HIV and hoax calls

Switchboard, the LGBT helpline, took its first call from a tiny office in the basement of a bookshop in King's Cross on 4 March 1974. To mark the 45th anniversary, people have been sharing memories of a charity that's helped millions across the world.

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05 March 2019
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BBC
Invisible: stories stories of gay and bisexual men and transgender people in Vietnam

After walking a flight of stairs to the second floor of a rented hall in mid-December 2018, I strolled around the large room appreciating a photo-voice exhibition of photographs, each accompanied by a unique story. The photos were set on easels, spread around the room, poster size, with short statements reflecting on the emotions and experiences that each gay and bisexual men and transgender person wanted to convey. The photos told the stories of gay and bisexual men and transgender people’s experiences around barriers and entry points to sexual health services in Hanoi, Son La and other provinces of Vietnam.

Published
27 February 2019
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M Pact
Viral Load Does Not Equal Value

Are We Shaming Those Who Are Detectable? To contend with this issue and fight the epidemic, we must confront structural barriers and address stigma. What’s more, we must imagine new ways to provide community support beyond offering only clinical solutions.

Published
20 February 2019
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POZ
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.

Published
23 January 2019
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The Gleaner
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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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