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  • HIV home leaves a community divided

    Fearful of catching the disease and suffering financial loss, angry locals in a Chon Buri village are pushing to evict the shelter.

    22 June 2015 | Bangkok Post
  • HIV-positive women bear brunt of stigma

    South Africa’s first national HIV stigma survey has found that 7 percent of HIV-positive women surveyed reported being sterilised against their will. About 40 percent said contraception use had been a pre-requisite to accessing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, contrary to national policy.

    12 June 2015 | Independent Online
  • South Africa: Almost 10 percent of HIV-positive women report forced sterilisation

    South Africa’s first national HIV stigma index has found that seven percent of HIV-positive women surveyed reported being sterilised against their will and about 40 percent reported contraception was a pre-requisite of accessing antiretrovirals (ARVs).

    10 June 2015 | Health-e
  • Media portrayals of sexual health research

    A new blog post tackles media representations of sexual health. Each contributor offers their own experience and views: Kirstin Mitchell writes about sexual function; Sharron Hinchliff about sex among older adults, and; Martin Holt reflects on media coverage of gay men, sex, drugs and HIV.

    10 June 2015 | Sexual Health Research Network
  • Austrian stigmas hurt early HIV prevention

    Beyond Vienna's veneer of tolerance and gender equality lies a bedrock of Catholic; Austrian conservatism. And it's hurting doctors' ability to stop HIV in its tracks, writes DW's Kerry Skyring from Vienna.

    03 June 2015 | Deutsche Welle
  • The Reckless Prosecution of ‘Tiger Mandingo’

    Michael Johnson’s trial for HIV exposure was a “perfect storm” of homophobia, racism and the criminalization of black bodies.

    31 May 2015 | The Nation
  • Québec researchers call for interventions to support HIV-positive mothers

    A team of researchers at several universities and clinics in Montreal conducted a study to explore issues related to healthcare access and mental health among HIV-positive mothers. In detailed interviews with 100 mothers, the researchers uncovered several issues that affected the women’s mental health. The team made recommendations for doctors, nurses and other care providers, which, if implemented, could greatly improve the mental health and wellbeing of HIV-positive women who have children.

    14 April 2015 | CATIE
  • General election 2015: UKIP candidate sorry for HIV tweet

    UKIP's candidate in a key general election seat has been forced to apologise after she appeared to question the cost to the NHS of treating British people who are HIV positive.

    10 April 2015 | BBC News
  • End stigmatizing language in tuberculosis research and practice

    Traditional terms invoke metaphors of transgression and punishment rather than of dignity and cure. Phrases such as “treatment defaulter” and “initial defaulter” apply the moral judgment of loan nonpayment to describe patients who stop treatment or never start it. Other phrases, such as “tuberculosis suspect,” treat patients as if they had committed a crime.

    07 April 2015 | EATG / BMJ
  • Here's One Simple Way We Can Change The Conversation About Drug Abuse

    The negative words we use to describe drug addiction -- "clean" vs. "dirty," "patient" vs. "addict" -- can drive some individuals away from the very help they so desperately need. To reduce that stigma, we need to start changing the language for people struggling with a disease. With that goal in mind, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has drafted a preliminary glossary of suggested language.

    05 March 2015 | Huffington Post
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