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  • What is stigma?

    Stigma means different things to different people. This is one dictionary’s definition: “The shame or disgrace attached to something regarded as socially unacceptable. There may be a...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Other people’s stories

    There are also some websites in which people with HIV have written first-hand accounts of their experiences and feelings. On other websites, you can watch videos of...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV, stigma and discrimination

    This booklet provides information on HIV stigma and discrimination and how to tackle them. ...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • The negative impact on public health

    In recent years a number of organisations have published papers, monographs and policy documents highlighting ways in which using the criminal law to address potential or actual...

    From: HIV & the criminal law

    Information level Level 4

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  • DaddyBear Just Apologized to HIV+ Men. It Went Really Badly.

    At some point you have to feel a little sorry for the bumbling app “DaddyBear.” It’s the gay cruising app that promises to hook up “gay sugar daddies” with younger “bears” – but only if you’re HIV negative. After an avalanche of criticism and mocking stories about their promise of “healthy HIV negative” app users, the CEO has issued a public mea culpa. It did not go well.

    26 September 2017 | My Fabulous Disease
  • Gay men with hepatitis C are suffering stigma not seen since the HIV/AIDS crisis

    It seems that hepatitis C has taken on the stigma and fear that HIV once carried. But as an illness that also disproportionately affects gay and bisexual men, it seems that awareness and education remains woefully low.

    25 September 2017 | Attitude
  • Aging is not a disease. It’s time we stop treating it that way

    In honor of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, held this year on September 18, BETA invited HIV clinician and geriatrician Meredith Greene, MD, to share her perspective on HIV, health and ageism—and what we all can do to overcome the negative effects of age discrimination in our own lives.

    19 September 2017 | BETA blog
  • Australia On The 'Cusp' Of Realising Ambitious HIV Goals

    Australia's current National HIV Strategy is to virtually end HIV transmissions by 2020 and to achieve a '90:90:90' goal to contain the epidemic. But people living with HIV continue to deal with stigma and discrimination.

    06 September 2017 | Huffington Post
  • DaddyBear App Hooks Up Gay Men 'Not Living With HIV'

    "The entire concept of the DaddyBear dating app ... is pathetic and hilarious," Mark S. King writes. "Their stated position on the HIV status of those daddies and bears, however, is frightening."

    06 September 2017 | The Body
  • Older Adults With HIV: An Overlooked Population?

    When it comes to HIV prevention and treatment, there is a growing population that is being overlooked — older adults — and implicit ageism is partially responsible for this neglect, according to a presentation at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.

    21 August 2017 | American Psychological Association
  • Insurer Denies Truvada Due to ‘High Risk Homosexual Behavior’

    Discrimination against LGBT people is often once-removed, shielded under double-speak and fraudulent intentions. So, it’s refreshing, really, when a company comes right out and says in black and white that gay men aren’t worthy of the same protections as everyone else.

    03 August 2017 | My Fabulous Disease
  • The Real Conversations of Grindr

    Real-life exchanges from mobile dating app Grindr are at the centre of a powerful new awareness campaign spotlighting HIV stigma and its effects on the LGBTI+ community.

    09 June 2017 | You Tube / HIV Foundation Queensland
  • Thailand: Woman wrongly diagnosed with HIV 15 years ago seeks to sue

    A 23-year-old woman whose blood test showed that she is free from HIV disease is taking legal action against a hospital that diagnosed her with the disease 15 years ago.

    05 June 2017 | The Star Online
  • Gay man 'refused entry to LGBT club because he had HIV medication on him'

    The incident has now led to two of Britain’s biggest HIV charities to call on bars and clubs to ensure staff are aware of such medication so they deal with it sensitively.

    05 June 2017 | Metro
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