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A tale of two women dealing with HIV and self-stigma

Zimbabwean people living with HIV recently took part in a 12-week course on dealing with self-stigma and other negative thoughts that people have in relation to themselves. The initiative was different in the sense that previous efforts to address HIV-related stigma have focused on “changing people out there,” the project manager, Nadine Ferris France told us. “We don’t have many programmes that are actually focused on us, programmes that are dealing with the negative thoughts that we have about ourselves and that’s self-stigma,” she said.

Published
17 April 2014
From
Key Correspondents
HIV Testing Counselor Sells 'Truvada Whore' Shirts For AIDS Charity

Adam Zebowski, an HIV test counselor at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, is selling #TruvadaWhore t-shirts at a Kickstarter-style site to help meet his AIDS/Lifecycle fundraising goal of $3000.

Published
01 April 2014
From
Towelroad (blog)
Gay-on-Gay Shaming: The New HIV War

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

Published
28 February 2014
From
Huffington Post
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.

Published
25 February 2014
From
The Argus
10 myths about the AIDS response

Peter Piot has called on the AIDS movement to take a cold, hard look at the lessons learned, and counter what he sees as the dangerous myths that could lead to a collective state of denial.

Published
17 February 2014
From
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Athens mayoral candidate says he is HIV positive

One of Greece's best-known proponents of gay rights, who is running for mayor of Athens, on Sunday said he is HIV positive in a taboo-breaking move. Gregory Vallianatos, a 58-year-old journalist, made the announcement on his Facebook page.

Published
17 February 2014
From
Zee News
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.

Published
16 February 2014
From
Mailman School of Public Health
Fuck poz guys!

Marc-André LeBlanc asks if you’re a neg guy is it safer to have sex with poz guys or neg guys? Limit your condomless sex to poz guys with undetectable viral loads and avoid condomless sex with casual negative partners he suggests.

Published
11 February 2014
From
Positive Lite
Emmerdale spoilers: Val is diagnosed HIV positive

Emmerdale's series producer Kate Oates said recently: "It's about HIV in a straight, middle-aged white married woman, which is not a story that I think soap has tackled yet."

Published
11 February 2014
From
Radio Times
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.

Published
31 January 2014
From
International Health Politics
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