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  • 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
  • Emirati man with HIV held for more than a decade at health facility

    An Emirati man with HIV has been waiting 16 years to be released from a government clinic because his family won’t give their consent. The centre stipulates that a family member must consent to Mr Al Mazrouei’s release.

    04 March 2015 | The National
  • HIV stigma drives sex work in Northern Kenya

    When Zeinab left her home village in Northern Kenya to look for a job, she had one thing in mind; work hard to help her struggling family. But her plans were destroyed by something that would keep her from home for the rest of her life.

    27 February 2015 | Key Correspondents
  • What We Know About HIV Transmission Should Influence PrEP Messaging

    It is pretty clear that those who are diagnosed with HIV who are in care and on medicine are not spreading the virus. So why do people continue to discuss PrEP solely in the context of having known HIV-positive partners? And in what ways do we still stigmatize people living with HIV in our discussions around PrEP as a tool to bridge the viral divide?

    26 February 2015 | The Body
  • The tale of HIV “dirtiness”, gay sex, and society

    After decades of education and advocacy, it would be reasonable to assume, that the notion of dirtiness in relation to HIV has diminished from our society. However, I would argue that this is not the case, especially if we look into dating apps / websites and the deployment of PrEP.

    26 January 2015 | JZ (blog)
  • Skin Vs. Needle: IV Drug Use, Scars & Healing

    Often viewed as one of the most telltale signs of a true "junkie," there is no doubt about the stigma that comes with track marks.

    16 January 2015 | Talking Drugs
  • My Gonorrhea Nostalgia

    A common objection to the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is that taking a pill to prevent HIV does not guard against other STI’s and therefore condoms must continue to be used. But when did avoiding every possible STI become the new goal for gay sexual behavior? Syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea are all easily treated and cured.

    14 January 2015 | My Fabulous Disease
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