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  • Speaking Volumes: stories of living with HIV, Brighton 2014

    These stories were all recorded by people living with HIV from Sussex between November 2013 & March 2014. Participants attended creative workshops using art and storytelling to look at their self-image and journey with HIV. They were then interviewed and these edited interviews can be heard by clicking on the book covers below.

    13 April 2014 | Speaking Volumes
  • Uganda police raid U.S. military AIDS clinic, order it shut

    Activists in Uganda report that plain-clothes police raided a U.S. military-affiliated AIDS services clinic in Kampala today, accused it of promoting homosexuality, and ordered it to close. The clinic has been one of relatively few health-care facilities in the city that willingly treat LGBT people.

    03 April 2014 |
  • HIV and relationships

    This edition of HIV Australia focuses on HIV and relationships. Contributors discuss research, and present personal and historical accounts about their own and others’ lived experiences. A broad spectrum of relationships are discussed, including sexual and platonic relationships, relationships with friends, family and peers, and relationships involving organisations and community.

    14 March 2014 | HIV Australia
  • U.S. Funding Choices Are Challenged In The Wake Of Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law

    Early last month, as Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni weighed signing a brutal new anti-LGBT bill into law, the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (ICRU) published a statement urging religious leaders in the country to “highlight the dangers of homosexuality and lesbianism.” At the same time, the group has received millions in U.S. government grants for years to fight HIV. Why was the money going to a key supporter of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which the the U.S. government has officially opposed?

    07 March 2014 |
  • Meet the Brighton faces of HIV, fighting to dispel its stigma

    The subjects of the Stand Tall – Get Snapped exhibition range from 22 to 79 years old. They are gay, straight, old, young, black and white. But they have all suffered some kind of stigma after being diagnosed with the disease.

    25 February 2014 | The Argus
  • Cameroon police arrest LGBT activist, block AIDS clinic

    Police in the Deido section of Douala, Cameroon, arrested the vice president of the anti-AIDS pro-LGBT-rights group Alternatives-Cameroon on Feb. 14 after receiving an accusation that he is a homosexual. The man who was arrested, Richard Kwa Bette, remained in detention today, awaiting word on what charges he would face. Because of the arrest, Richard, a doctor, was unable to work on Feb. 15 at the association’s Health Center, where he was scheduled to oversee a health screening campaign for MSM (men who have sex with men) as part of Cameroon’s National Strategic Plan against HIV and Tuberculosis.

    18 February 2014 |
  • LGB individuals living in anti-gay communities die early

    In the first study to look at the consequences of anti-gay prejudice for mortality, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals who lived in communities with high levels of anti-gay prejudice have a shorter life expectancy of 12 years on average compared with their peers in the least prejudiced communities. "The results of this study suggest a broadening of the consequences of prejudice to include premature death," noted the study's lead author, Mark Hatzenbuehler, PhD, assistant professor of Sociomedical Sciences. The study is online in the journal Social Science & Medicine.

    16 February 2014 | Mailman School of Public Health
  • HIV-Positive Nurse Tried by Media

    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
  • California Porn Film Company Is Fined $78,000 for Condom Policy, Other Workplace Safety Violations

    The Star Tribune reported that California state safety officials fined a San Francisco-based pornography company $78,000 for allowing performers to have on-camera intercourse without using condoms.

    04 February 2014 | CDC National Prevention Information Network
  • Homo-“phobia” in sub-Saharan Africa: How much more time are we going to postpone the real therapy of the “disease”?

    Homophobia, like all human phobias, requires therapy. It would thus be more appropriate to consider homophobia as a social construct, a complex, and treat it as such. To do this, we must put our societies “on the couch” and let them express their suffering. This can happen in various ways but in any case a well-defined strategic plan for the long term seems needed. In this process, the role of the state and the international community must be, first and foremost, to organize, promote and guarantee free expression, without violence.

    31 January 2014 | International Health Politics
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