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'This is what it's really like to live with HIV'

The number of young men being diagnosed with HIV has doubled in ten years; the number of new diagnoses among gay and bisexual men has reached a record high, according to the most recent data. The virus is rarely out of the news, and yet, because of continuing developments in treatment, few of us understand what life with the condition is like now. Three young men, all diagnosed in their 20s, talk about living with the virus.

Published
10 April 2015
From
Daily Telegraph
Still refusing to date HIV+ guys? Here’s why you could be putting your health at risk

Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why arguments for not having sex with gay men who are HIV positive make little sense – and could actually pose a danger for those who are HIV negative

Published
09 April 2015
From
Gaystar News
"I am one of those foreigners": living with HIV in the UK

The statement by Ukip's leader Nigel Farage that the majority of people living with HIV in the UK are foreigners, who come here to access free NHS treatment, and who should not be let in, sends shivers down my spine. I was born in Italy, I moved to the UK in the late 80’s and happened to be diagnosed with HIV in 1997.

Published
08 April 2015
From
Open Democracy
Second Parliamentary Candidate Reveals He Is HIV+ And Accuses Farage Of Scaremongering

The Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Liverpool Riverside has told BuzzFeed News that he has been living with HIV for three years and is disgusted with Nigel Farage’s comments about the condition.

Published
08 April 2015
From
Buzzfeed
I'm Young, I'm Gay, and I'm Not Afraid of HIV

Every day more than 5,700 people contract HIV — that’s 240 new infections every hour. Worldwide, 35 million people live with the virus, which is nearly the population of California (that's about one out of eight people who live in the U.S.). But despite the increase in HIV infections, I’m not afraid of HIV. There, I said it. Now, let me explain. I’m not afraid of HIV because I’m in control of my health and status. If I discovered I was positive, I would be anxious but definitely not afraid. The scariest part of a being HIV-positive would be battling stigma every day — not be the medical implications.

Published
02 April 2015
From
HIV Plus Mag
MSM and transgender people are absent from the Global Fund country dialogue in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (TG) are not involved in strategic discussions around HIV in most nations of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). Lack of reliable epidemiological data, high stigma, and policies that restrict the access of MSM and TG to information on HIV preclude the two key populations from meaningfully participating in the country dialogue processes.

Published
01 April 2015
From
EATG
Meet Britain’s First HIV-Positive Parliamentary Candidate

In a poignant interview, Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Lib Dem candidate for Vauxhall, reveals the extraordinary, harrowing story of how he contracted the virus, and explains why he felt so compelled to speak out.

Published
31 March 2015
From
Buzzfeed
'Looking,' a Show With an HIV-Positive Character, Is Canceled

HBO has canceled the gay TV series 'Looking,' which followed a group of gay men in San Francisco, including the HIV-positive Eddie.

Published
27 March 2015
From
Poz magazine news
“An unspoken world of unspoken things”: a study identifying and exploring core beliefs underlying self-stigma among people living with HIV and AIDS in Ireland

Despite evidence that high levels of self-stigma exist among PLHIV, and is experienced to a far greater extent than stigma received from the broader community, there is a paucity of research aimed at understanding causes and functions of self-stigma, and an absence of interventions to mitigate its harmful effects. Understanding the core beliefs underlying self-stigma is therefore essential.This pilot study used a qualitative approach to analyse interviews and written statements to uncover core beliefs underlying self-stigma, the functions thereof, and strategies used to overcome it, among a heterogeneous group of PLHIV in Ireland. See http://www.aidsmap.com/The-diminished-self-HIV-and-self-stigma/page/2657859/, which is based on this project.

Published
18 March 2015
From
Swiss Medical Weekly
Misogyny in Fag Space: How to Have a Dick Without Being a Dick

Not all gay men have penises, trans man Brandyn Gallagher warns, and it's about time other gay men started dealing with it. "Once upon a time, I was a young fag disguised as a girl. Throughout junior high and high school, I consistently dated boys who eventually figured out they were gay and dumped me so they could instead date men. Rejection, being told my body isn’t desirable or legitimate enough for the men toward whom I’m attracted, has been part of my internal narrative for as long as I can remember. It’s gotten better for me over time, but dating in the world of gay men is far from struggle-free—for anyone, but especially a trans man."

Published
18 March 2015
From
Beta Blog
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