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HIV stigma decreases with scale-up of HIV treatment

In high-prevalence countries of sub-Saharan Africa, the scale-up of HIV treatment appears to have resulted in a lessening of stigmatising attitudes in the general population, according to

Published
30 June 2015
By
Roger Pebody
HIV home leaves a community divided

Fearful of catching the disease and suffering financial loss, angry locals in a Chon Buri village are pushing to evict the shelter.

Published
22 June 2015
From
Bangkok Post
HIV-positive women bear brunt of stigma

South Africa’s first national HIV stigma survey has found that 7 percent of HIV-positive women surveyed reported being sterilised against their will. About 40 percent said contraception use had been a pre-requisite to accessing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, contrary to national policy.

Published
12 June 2015
From
Independent Online
South Africa: Almost 10 percent of HIV-positive women report forced sterilisation

South Africa’s first national HIV stigma index has found that seven percent of HIV-positive women surveyed reported being sterilised against their will and about 40 percent reported contraception was a pre-requisite of accessing antiretrovirals (ARVs).

Published
10 June 2015
From
Health-e
Media portrayals of sexual health research

A new blog post tackles media representations of sexual health. Each contributor offers their own experience and views: Kirstin Mitchell writes about sexual function; Sharron Hinchliff about sex among older adults, and; Martin Holt reflects on media coverage of gay men, sex, drugs and HIV.

Published
10 June 2015
From
Sexual Health Research Network
Austrian stigmas hurt early HIV prevention

Beyond Vienna's veneer of tolerance and gender equality lies a bedrock of Catholic; Austrian conservatism. And it's hurting doctors' ability to stop HIV in its tracks, writes DW's Kerry Skyring from Vienna.

Published
03 June 2015
From
Deutsche Welle
The Reckless Prosecution of ‘Tiger Mandingo’

Michael Johnson’s trial for HIV exposure was a “perfect storm” of homophobia, racism and the criminalization of black bodies.

Published
31 May 2015
From
The Nation
Québec researchers call for interventions to support HIV-positive mothers

A team of researchers at several universities and clinics in Montreal conducted a study to explore issues related to healthcare access and mental health among HIV-positive mothers. In detailed interviews with 100 mothers, the researchers uncovered several issues that affected the women’s mental health. The team made recommendations for doctors, nurses and other care providers, which, if implemented, could greatly improve the mental health and wellbeing of HIV-positive women who have children.

Published
14 April 2015
From
CATIE
General election 2015: UKIP candidate sorry for HIV tweet

UKIP's candidate in a key general election seat has been forced to apologise after she appeared to question the cost to the NHS of treating British people who are HIV positive.

Published
10 April 2015
From
BBC News
End stigmatizing language in tuberculosis research and practice

Traditional terms invoke metaphors of transgression and punishment rather than of dignity and cure. Phrases such as “treatment defaulter” and “initial defaulter” apply the moral judgment of loan nonpayment to describe patients who stop treatment or never start it. Other phrases, such as “tuberculosis suspect,” treat patients as if they had committed a crime.

Published
07 April 2015
From
EATG / BMJ
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