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HIV stigma starts young, but can be corrected, African schoolchildren's study shows

A study conducted among nearly 40,000 school students aged 12 to 14 in nine southern African countries shows that in some countries over a fifth of students

Published
15 October 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Fear causes media to self-censor on sexual minorities in Africa

What is it about lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people that ties broadcasters’ tongues and melts journalists’ minds in articulating stories on these neglected communities? An obvious answer to this is the four-letter word: fear. Fears grip many journalists in Africa when it comes to the issue of covering these communities.

Published
14 October 2014
From
Key Correspondents
HIV-related stigma has increased in Uganda despite treatment roll-out

HIV continues to be stigmatised despite increased access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to research from Uganda published in the online edition of AIDS. Levels of internalised

Published
08 October 2014
By
Michael Carter
Prostitute charged with not disclosing HIV status, again

A prostitute convicted of exposing hundreds of men to HIV four years ago is charged with the same crime again. St. Louis County police received a tip that this HIV-positive woman was once again working as a prostitute.

Published
07 October 2014
From
Fox News
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
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