HIV-related stigma is worse than ever. Not the external kind, where a society is panicked about the new plague. Thankfully, the days of being shunned by hospital orderlies or funeral homes are over. But I'd prefer that kind of stigma over today's brand. At least I knew how to fight the external kind. Today's internal stigma, where a community shuns its own, is seemingly intractable and far more destructive
28 February 2014 | Huffington Post
Uganda’s first court case dealing with criminalization of HIV transmission could have far-reaching consequences. Rosemary Namubiru, a nurse, stands accused of exposing a child to HIV during the course of administering an injection. The incident incited a media firestorm, leading to Namubiru’s arrest and trumped-up charges of attempted murder.
12 February 2014 | AIDS Free World
Leaked document reveals lurid questions asked by Home Office officials in contravention of guidelines.
10 February 2014 | The Guardian
People living with HIV/AIDS in Cameroon, which has the highest prevalence of the disease in West and Central Africa, endure widespread stigma, with some facing difficulties obtaining bank loans or suffering mistreatment at hospitals, patients and observers say.
23 January 2014 | IRIN
The idea that people would deliberately get a serious infection in order to stave off poverty is imaginary. What drove the spike in HIV infections in Greece in the past three years was not individuals living on the street but individuals dictating policy at the top, both among the Greek political class and the Troika of lenders, who should be blamed for austerity policies that have proven detrimental to public health.
13 January 2014 | United Solidarity International
Thai society still cannot accept the fact that those with the Aids virus are not a danger to them
03 December 2013 | Bangkok Post
HIV is thriving in the Middle East and North Africa. Infections have more than doubled since the beginning of the millennium. The epidemic is firmly entrenched in “key” populations, among them men-who-have-sex-with-men, female sex workers and injecting drugs users
02 December 2013 | The Independent
Drug users will avoid a needle exchange programme if they spot a police car cruising nearby, and sex workers will readily toss their condoms in the trash if they risk getting arrested for soliciting. Around the world, the most marginalized groups in society – from Roma to HIV-positive people to sex workers to drug users – are reluctant to access basic health services because they fear arrest, intimidation and harassment.
28 November 2013 | IRIN
A claim by the World Health Organization that “about half” of new H.I.V. cases in Greece are “self-inflicted” as a way to get state benefit payments spread like wildfire on social media Monday, but the next day W.H.O. said the claim was the result of an editing error.
26 November 2013 | New York Times
Rush Limbaugh is citing an erroneous report about HIV in Greece to falsely claim that half of all recent infections there were self-inflicted for the purpose of receiving government benefits. In fact, the original report on AIDS and HIV in Greece does not confirm a single instance of a person intentionally infecting himself with HIV.
26 November 2013 | Media Matters