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HIV activism: 'It feels more like social work than my day job in adult services'

I won’t be the first person from a disadvantaged group who has been motivated to do social work. But having worked in a range of adult health settings since qualifying, it has failed to satisfy me, so in July 2015 I founded Live HIV Neutral – an activists’ working network. Its focus is challenging HIV stigma and it aims to broaden the dialogue about HIV prevention to the mainstream arena; only in such forums will stigma be overcome.

Published
25 May 2016
From
The Guardian
Demon or savior? Aids activist at war to make condoms in porn the law

At the entrance to the Aids Healthcare Foundation, a staffer wears a red T-shirt bearing the slogan “Condoms are Cool”. Down the hallway is the office of Michael Weinstein, the forthright head of the billion-dollar not-for-profit organization who is the first to volunteer that he is regarded as a “condom Nazi”.

Published
25 May 2016
From
The Guardian
Outside the biomedical box of hepatitis C research

Interview with Magdalena Harris, Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, on how she came to work with viral hepatitis, how the field has been changing, and what new research is called for.

Published
17 May 2016
From
BioMed Central blogs
HIV community gives 'Nul Points' Eurovision verdict to NHS England over PrEP delays

The HIV community is uniting during Eurovision week to give a damning verdict on NHS England’s delays on PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). The verdict is a resounding ‘Nul points’. The theme of Eurovision this year is ‘Come Together’, and community organisations and campaigners are coming together to make their message heard on social media. As the Eurovision Final approaches, PrEP supporters have begun tweeting NHS England with photos of themselves holding up ‘Nul points’ signs.

Published
14 May 2016
From
prepaccess.org.uk
PrEP in the Wild — A whirlwind tour of the who, what, where and how of PrEP use and provision outside of approval

In this webinar, presenters spoke about PrEP’s use and provision in countries that haven’t yet approved it or who are in the early days post approval. Among others, these presenters from Thailand, South Africa, England, Peru, Mexico and the United States took on the following questions and more:

Published
05 May 2016
From
AVAC
This Pill Prevents HIV—But It's Treated Like An Illicit Drug

Around the world, people have to jump through hoops, and sometimes break laws, just to get it.

Published
23 April 2016
From
Vocativ
Hepatitis C: The task now is identifying people who don’t know they’re infected and connecting them to care

Interview with Luis Mendão, chair of both the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) and Group of Activists on Treatments (GAT), a treatment activist group in Portugal.

Published
14 April 2016
From
BioMed Central blogs
Hepatitis C: Let’s not forget ‘prevention as prevention’

Interview with Eberhard Schatz, one of the two coordinators of Correlation, the European social inclusion and health network.

Published
14 April 2016
From
BioMed Central blogs
UK PrEP decision re-ignites HIV activism

The NHS should reopen the public consultation, emboldened by the renewed and much needed HIV activism.

Published
08 April 2016
From
The Lancet (editorial)
Advancing combination HIV prevention: advocacy brief

This brief has been produced by the Alliance in partnership with UNAIDS and follows on from the 2015 UNAIDS reference paper, Fast Tracking Combination Prevention. It is intended for advocates from community-led organisations and to support them as they engage with policy makers at national, district and local levels to advocate for combination HIV prevention and shape their country’s HIV programmes.

Published
05 April 2016
From
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
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