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Police finally change false HIV claims after being accused of 'preying on people's prejudices'

Bristol's police force has finally changed untrue claims it made about HIV, eight months after it was accused of "preying on people's prejudices." Avon and Somerset Police announced last November that it would be rolling out controversial spit hoods to be used on suspects to protect officers.

17 July 2018
Bristol Live
Police say false HIV claims over spitting were taken from national guidelines

Avon and Somerset Police still have not retracted their statement despite pressure from campaigners

30 January 2018
Bristol Post
Avon and Somerset police branded ‘disgusting’ for HIV ‘misinformation’ over spit hoods

People living with HIV say Avon and Somerset police are “disgusting” for suggesting the immunodeficiency virus can be contracted through spitting. One HIV positive man, who has asked not to be named, claims the language used around the police’s announcement that its officers would be allowed to put ‘spit hoods’ over the heads of people who have been arrested only furthered “misconceptions and lies” about HIV.

21 November 2017
Bristol Post
Police accused of exaggerating risks of HIV to introduce spit guards

A police force has been accused of fear mongering and stigmatising sufferers of hepatitis C and HIV by playing up the risks of transmission of blood-borne viruses as a reason to introduce spit guards.

20 November 2017
The Guardian
‘AIDS spreads by shaking hands’: Old, banned pamphlets resurface on social media

A pamphlet on AIDS awareness with wrongly printed information has suddenly resurfaced on social media and gone viral, but it turns out, the campaign was over two years old and had already been recalled.

27 September 2017
Indian Express
Fake news claims that Walmart bananas have HIV virus are fruitless

"HIV virus detected in Walmart bananas after 10 year old boy contracts the virus," reads the headline on a post we first saw on Feb. 6, 2017, from a website called Facebook users flagged the story as part of the social media platform’s efforts to stamp out fabricated news stories.

07 February 2017
Australian advocates unanimously condemn ‘pointless’ HIV spit test

HIV advocates and researchers have unanimously passed a motion condemning laws in Australia that force people to take a HIV test if they spit on or bite a police officer. “There is no justification for invading the privacy of people in custody by forcing them to undergo blood tests when there is no risk to the officer," said Levinia Crooks.

21 November 2016
Star Observer
Jailed: HIV positive homeless man sent to prison after spitting into mouth of charity worker

A HIV positive homeless man who spat into the mouth of a charity worker who was helping rough sleepers in the city centre has been jailed.

04 January 2016
Manchester Evening News
No, Eazy E Did Not Get HIV from a Tainted Acupuncture Needle

The August release of the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton unearthed an old conspiracy theory about the tragic 1995 death of charismatic rapper Eazy E from AIDS.

28 September 2015
Bodybuilders 'could get HIV from drinking human breast milk'

Bodybuilders and cancer patients are putting themselves at risk of contracting HIV and syphilis by buying human breast milk over the internet, health experts have warned. Dozens of websites now sell breast milk claiming that it is a super food which provides energy, nutrients and can even help with erectile dysfunction and cancer.

18 June 2015
Daily Telegraph
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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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