Award-Winning Journalist Todd Heywood is #12 of Our 75 Most Amazing HIV-Positive People of 2016. But what happens when one of the country’s leading investigative journalists — who educates people on breaking down the stigma HIV-positive people face in society — finds himself the victim not only of a horrendous crime, but of a criminal justice system that often blames the victim?
18 August 2016 | HIVPlusMag
David Cameron announced £125m to raise ex-gratia payments to people infected with Hep C or HIV in blood scandal 30 years ago.
14 July 2016 | The Guardian
Playwright Tony Kushner’s now-iconic masterwork Angels in America, set during the mid-’80s AIDS epidemic, premiered 25 years ago this summer as a relatively modest, grant-endowed production at San Francisco’s tiny Eureka Theatre. Within a couple of years, the two-part, seven-hour play had relocated to Broadway and grown into a popular and critical behemoth, winning seven Tonys and the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and invigorating both American theater and the national discussion about AIDS.
13 July 2016 | Poz
Stigma should be our top priority, yet we have not identified concrete strategies for reducing it. So why do we find stigma so difficult to tackle?
04 July 2016 | NAT
PrEP is changing the landscape of sex parties and other group sex events, helping to break down barriers between people who are positive and negative—and helping people who are HIV-negative stay that way.
28 June 2016 | BETA blog
A 2013 report by the National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANU) found that at least 11 percent of women living with HIV/AIDS were forcibly sterilized. A 2015 report focusing on such coercion from Uganda-based NGO International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA) revealed that forced sterilization and coercion — which includes women being given money and misinformation or being intimidated by a health worker — continues in the country.
03 May 2016 | ThinkProgress
Back in the 1990s, Cuba created a network of sanitariums, where people with HIV were confined indefinitely. It sounds barbaric, but as former patient Eduardo Martinez’s recollections reveal, it’s complicated. Life in the sanitariums was so much better than outside that some people purposely infected themselves with HIV.
24 March 2016 | WBUR
The Nigerian government’s decision to provide antiretrovirals freely as part of HIV programmes at the country’s health facilities has dramatically improved the uptake of treatment. But it has not been enough to eliminate the high and sometimes inequitable economic burden of HIV/AIDS on households. Exorbitant food and transport costs, as well as the costs of illnesses linked to HIV, hinder full access to treatment services. Households end up having to fork out money they don’t necessarily have.
15 March 2016 | The Conversation
Faced with a mountain of human rights abuses caused by criminalising people who use drugs, some states are turning their backs on punitive approaches. But where can they turn to?
15 March 2016 | Open Democracy
Over 200 civil society groups from all over the world have today released a statement condemning governments for failing to acknowledge the devastating consequences of punitive and repressive drug policies as they prepare for a UN summit on the issue next month.
14 March 2016 | IDPC