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The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases

The college student had real concern in his eyes when he asked me a question during a recent presentation at American University. “Isn’t it true,” he asked, “that the HIV epidemic continues because people who know they are positive keep infecting other people?” It is a question I have heard before, in one way or another, and it always makes me cringe. Not only does it thrust all culpability onto those living with HIV, it also promotes a narrative that being infected with HIV chemically changes our moral fiber and transforms us into abusive monsters.

Published
28 April 2016
From
My Fabulous Disease
Mr Gay World Entry Gets Personal on PrEP and Testing Poz

Sadiq Ali is a contestant for Mr Gay World; he is fighting both HIV stigma and for the adoption of PrEP in the United Kingdom.

Published
18 April 2016
From
My Fabulous Disease
People with HIV in Asia ejected from hospitals, study says

Some health workers in Asia are refusing to perform surgery and provide services for people living with HIV, and are even expelling patients from hospitals and forcing women to undergo sterilisation, according to grassroots organisations. In China and Vietnam, discrimination took the form of changing the recommended option for treatment from surgery to topical or oral medication, said the four-country study supported by Asia Catalyst, which provides management training for community-based health organisations.

Published
16 March 2016
From
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Survey: Africans are generally very tolerant, but just not of gay people

Despite having the most progressive laws on the continent, South Africa has been named only the second most tolerant African country when it comes to homosexuality. A massive survey released by Afrobarometer has revealed that Cape Verde takes the honour, with 75% of its people liking or not minding having homosexual neighbours. It found that Africans generally express high degrees of tolerance for people from different ethnic groups, people of different religions, immigrants, and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) – with the major exception of homosexuals.

Published
02 March 2016
From
Mamba Online
Depression Is Teaming Up 
With HIV to Kill 
Black Gay Men. 
Can We Stop It?

Black gay men, in particular, are bearing the brunt of these intersecting factors, leading them to experience higher rates of depression as well as increased HIV risks and negative health outcomes, including early death. Bottom line: Depression is teaming up with HIV to kill black gay men. But why?

Published
15 February 2016
From
HIVPlus Mag
Why Do HIV Drug Ads Include Disclaimers for Actors?

“Not an actual patient.” In every print advertisement I've ever seen for an HIV drug that includes an image of a real human being, this small caption has appeared, clarifying that the person seen does not actually have HIV. I don't see this sort of clarification in any other drug ad I've come across—and as a doctor, I see a lot of them. So why the nervousness around HIV?

Published
08 January 2016
From
Slate Magazine (blog)
The Path to Charlie Sheen's HIV Disclosure

To track the push and pull between Mr. Sheen and the media over several years — his condition flickering in and out of public view — is to see behind the veil of how celebrity secrets are kept hidden, and how they are ultimately disclosed.

Published
06 January 2016
From
New York Times
Watch: Russian TV host announces he is HIV-positive in live broadcast

On Tuesday evening, Pavel Lobkov, a television host for the independent Dozhd channel, announced on air that he had been diagnosed in 2003 as HIV-positive. It is the first time in recent memory that any Russian celebrity, major or minor, has publicly made such an announcement.

Published
03 December 2015
From
Washington Post
Outright Activism as ICASA 2015 Starts with Violations and Silence on Key Populations

Many activists arriving at the airport in Harare, Zimbabwe for the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) expected this meeting to be like others in the past—a chance to share strategy, recharge and set priorities for the coming year in dialogues led by and for Africans and their allies. Instead, even before exiting the airport, things took an unexpected turn: sex workers, gay men and transgender women and even activists who just “looked different” reported having materials confiscated, being personally detained, having their passports held and being charged duties to reclaim their posters and educational materials.

Published
02 December 2015
From
AVAC
Meet the HIV-negative men who won't have sex with HIV-positive men

FS surveyed 3,140 gay men and found 44% of HIV-negative men that would not have sex with an openly HIV-positive man. So we decided to reach out to these men and ask them directly, why?

Published
02 December 2015
From
FS
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