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Commentary on U=U campaign - Follow Up on previous article 'On Fear, Infectiousness and Undetectability'

Last week, GNP+ published a statement offering an alternative perspective on the messaging of campaigns on the uninfectiousness of people living with HIV who achieve viral suppression, including the U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) campaign. Following reactions from supporters of the campaign, GNP+ releases the following statement clarifying our position on this important issue.

Published
15 February 2017
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GNPPlus
This Man Was Turned Away By A London Tattoo Artist Because He Has HIV

“I don’t feel like a second class citizen very often,” Rob Curtis told BuzzFeed News after the tattooist at Sang Bleu refused to work on him when he disclosed his HIV status.

Published
06 February 2017
From
BuzzFeed News
How some gay men still stigmatise HIV positive gay men

I naively thought that I knew no-one living with HIV. I had to ask myself seriously what I would do if I were diagnosed positive: and my immediate reaction was that I wouldn’t tell anybody. Part of the reason I’ve written my play The HIV Monologues is to combat this silencing stigma about HIV.

Published
01 February 2017
From
Dazed
Why the C.D.C.’s Power to Quarantine Should Worry Us

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new regulations this month that give it broad authority to quarantine Americans. The rules outline for the first time how the federal government can restrict interstate travel during a health crisis, and they establish in-house oversight of whether someone should be detained, without providing a clear and direct path to challenge a quarantine order in federal court.

Published
24 January 2017
From
New York Times
Dear Gay Men, An Open Letter

The same kind of fear that keeps us from coming out as gay keeps many of us from coming out as HIV-positive.

Published
09 January 2017
From
Advocate
This “First Dates” Contestant Was Told He Had To Reveal He Was HIV-Positive

When Alex Causton-Ronaldson applied to be on the Channel 4 show, his HIV status was leaked to the production team, who tried to pressure him into disclosing it. He tells BuzzFeed News what effect this had and how he fought back.

Published
19 December 2016
From
BuzzFeed News
The Fight for HIV Travel Insurance Cover

How a ten year battle to get travel cover for HIV patients changed the face of medical travel insurance.

Published
02 December 2016
From
World First
Australian advocates unanimously condemn ‘pointless’ HIV spit test

HIV advocates and researchers have unanimously passed a motion condemning laws in Australia that force people to take a HIV test if they spit on or bite a police officer. “There is no justification for invading the privacy of people in custody by forcing them to undergo blood tests when there is no risk to the officer," said Levinia Crooks.

Published
21 November 2016
From
Star Observer
What's at Stake in Trump's America? HIV Community Leaders Share Their Opinions

By Election Day Nov. 8, after an eventful primary season and a noxious election cycle, it seemed that most HIV advocates were ready to get to work with a soon-to-be President-elect Hillary Clinton's soon-to-be administration, to continue the pioneering work activists forged under President Obama in addressing HIV in the U.S. Then the unthinkable happened. In the wee hours of Nov. 9, Donald J. Trump was declared the president-elect of the United States.

Published
21 November 2016
From
The Body
Prince Harry proves powers of persuasion as he meets people with HIV

His brief was to help break down the stigma around HIV, and Prince Harry proved that he has inherited his mother’s remarkable powers of persuasion today when he met a group of people living with the virus.

Published
16 November 2016
From
Telegraph
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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