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  • What is stigma?

    Stigma means different things to different people. One dictionary’s definition is: “The shame or disgrace attached to something regarded as socially unacceptable.” There may be a feeling of ‘us...

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  • 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 people...

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  • HIV, stigma & discrimination

    This booklet is for people living with HIV and is about stigma and discrimination. ...

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  • 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

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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.

    15 April 2019 | 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.

    11 April 2019 | 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."

    29 March 2019 | 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.

    21 March 2019 | 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.

    13 March 2019 | 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.

    05 March 2019 | 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.

    27 February 2019 | 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.

    20 February 2019 | 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.

    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
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