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  • 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
  • Four Laws That Are Devastating Public Health in Uganda

    In the past year Uganda has passed four laws which defy public health principles and show blatant disregard for dignity and human rights. These laws target individuals who are already marginalized by society and most in need of health services and support: people who sell sex to make ends meet for their families; LGBTI people living in fear of community violence; people hiding their HIV medication from their own families; and people struggling to manage drug dependence and other illnesses. Perhaps most harmful of all, parts of Ugandan society are interpreting these laws to justify violence and exclusion.

    17 December 2014 | Open Society Foundation
  • PrEP and sex shaming

    Within our communities there is a rich seam of disapproval of other people’s sex lives. You hear it in the stigmatisation of gay men living with HIV and I see similar corrosive language used to describe PrEP.

    09 December 2014 | GMFA
  • Rosemary Namubiru is free: A case of reckless, negligent reporting continues

    It remains tragically ironic that a case which the appeals court judge insisted “was about reckless, negligent behavior on the part of health care providers,” remains the object of reckless, negligent behavior on the part of news reporters.

    03 December 2014 | Science Speaks
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