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Choosing to Love Poz Guys

Jake Sobo writes: "The serodivide is crumbling. Hookup sites that used to allow only two options for HIV status now offer endless choices, from undetectable to on PrEP. Recent life expectancy projections suggest that gay men who test HIV-positive today and start treatment quickly will live longer than those who do not...Unlearning decades of stigma and fear will not happen overnight. It will take time and learning. That’s okay. But the cost of staying in place is too great, both for poz guys who face that stigma and fear on a daily basis, and to our communities which remain divided."

Published
27 September 2014
From
Betablog
PrEP, The Pill, and the Fear of Promiscuity

LGBT academic Ian Lekus compares the furore around PrEP with the one that met the development of the contraceptive pill: "Acknowledged or not, PrEP users — and for that matter, three decades-plus of HIV/AIDS activism — build directly on how the Pill’s early adopters challenged the presumed omniscience of medical authorities. The experiences of the Pill’s first users also remind us to keep a critical eye trained on those institutions and narratives that circumscribe the quest for balancing health, desire, and autonomy."

Published
25 September 2014
From
Nursing Clio
CDC Launches HIV Treatment Awareness Campaign

“HIV Treatment Works” is a new awareness campaign from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Published
17 September 2014
From
Poz
Media holds the key to tackling HIV stigma

Stigma continues to prevent people living with HIV from seeking treatment and, while the media has a crucial role to challenge such prejudice, there is a residual fatigue in their response to the global HIV epidemic, a new report has found.

Published
03 September 2014
From
International Planned Parenthood Federation
Telling tales and talking-through

There has been a recent wave of films and television events, for a combined gay and heterosexual audience, in an emerging genre of “AIDS nostalgia”. I’m thinking of films like Dallas Buyers’ Club and television series like Angels in America and The Normal Heart.

Published
01 September 2014
From
Bad Blood (blog)
'A Day With HIV 2014' Aims To Break Down HIV Stigma

HIV stigma needs to be a thing of the past, and there's an awesome way you can help change public perception.

Published
28 August 2014
From
Huffington Posty
Fear-struck GALZ holds on to HIV data

Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) on Monday said they are holding on to research data on HIV prevalence among the gay community because of fear of victimisation by the government. A senior GALZ official who requested anonymity said victimisation of gays in the country has not been addressed forcing them to halt interactions at an official level with the government.

Published
26 August 2014
From
Newzimbabwe.com
Treatment as prevention may not work in Africa without couples counselling

A study from Zambia has found that a programme of couples voluntary counselling and testing (CVCT), in which male/female couples are counselled together before testing for HIV

Published
23 July 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations

In this new consolidated guidelines document on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations, the World Health Organization brings together all existing guidance relevant to five key populations – men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, people in prisons and other closed settings, sex workers and transgender people – and updates selected guidance and recommendations.

Published
11 July 2014
From
World Health Organization
Defying Discrimination

The fact that people with HIV still have their civil rights violated is no surprise. But more people, like Muñoz, are fighting back in court—and they’re winning. Have you been discriminated against? Does it warrant a lawsuit? POZ talks with the experts and looks at three different cases to help you recognize HIV discrimination and prepare for a legal battle.

Published
04 July 2014
From
Poz
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