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In Ebola fear, a familiar whiff of paranoia

Stigmatization, dread of contagion, and moral panic: the parallels between Ebola and the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic are striking.

Published
16 October 2014
From
Washington Post
Farage's "people of quality"

Nigel Farage is simply exploiting both people living with HIV, and the stigma attached to HIV, for his own political gains. If he whips up a little furore to scare the public about HIV, whilst Ebola is in the news, he thinks he’ll have the public eating out of his hands. Don’t believe his poisonous lies, don’t let him have his way.

Published
16 October 2014
From
Beyond Positive
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
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
While Rosemary Namubiru awaits appeal hearing, Uganda’s HIV response, healthworkers living in Uganda with HIV face questionable future

As has often been the case since the start of the AIDS epidemic, coverage of evidence-based policy surrounding the virus did not receive anything approaching the prominence of sensationalized and incorrect coverage of those most affected.

Published
01 October 2014
From
Science Speaks
Gay and Bisexual Men See HIV as the Top Health Issue Facing Their Community, But Majorities Are Not Personally Worried About Getting Infected & Not Getting Tested Regularly

More than thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and at a time when infections among gay and bisexual men are on the rise in the U.S., a new national survey of gay and bisexual men by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) finds that though HIV/AIDS is named as the number one health issue facing their population, a majority (56%) are not personally concerned about becoming infected, and relatively few report having been tested recently.

Published
29 September 2014
From
Kaiser Family Foundation press release
The Greek Military Is Laying Off HIV-Positive Soldiers

Christos explained that when it comes to HIV you have to remain silent. But is silence the answer? I asked. “In Greece, yes, it is the only answer. In another state, perhaps it’s not. The Greek state has to decide: does it want HIV positive individuals here or not?”

Published
23 September 2014
From
Vice
What to Do When a Patient Admits an H.I.V. Phobia

She had been volunteering at a drop-in center for the homeless, helping to prepare dinner, when she felt a sting in the tip of the finger and looked down to see a red mark and a dot of blood. She could not find the object that had poked her, but she knew immediately what might have happened: She had seen a few used syringes lying around the place, and perhaps one had somehow gotten into the sink and perhaps she had stuck her finger with it, and perhaps it had just been used by an H.I.V.-infected addict, and perhaps right that minute, the virus was coursing through her own veins. So of course she went to the nearest emergency room. She knew that medication taken promptly could prevent H.I.V., and she wasn’t taking any chances.

Published
16 September 2014
From
New York Times
Pregnant women need more support on looking after their own health after childbirth – could help retention in Option B+ programmes

Many women living with HIV believe that HIV care for the mother’s own health is unimportant once the baby is born, especially if the infant tests HIV

Published
10 September 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Zambia: PMTCT Real Life Story

The pain of living through the loss of three children was enough to discourage Constance Mudenda from ever contemplating parenting. When she was pregnant, her greatest desire was to have a child born free of HIV, and now she will continue to mentor her daughter to ensure she is protected from acquiring HIV.

Published
21 August 2014
From
Times of Zambia
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