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Remembering Alan Brotherton

Everyone at the Alliance is extremely saddened to hear news of the death of our friend and colleague Alan Brotherton yesterday in Sydney, Australia. Alan was a leading HIV, LGBTI health and social justice advocate. He joined the Alliance in 2008 as Senior Advisor: Policy, then later took the position of Senior Advisor: HIV Prevention until he left in 2010.

Published
16 June 2015
From
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
In Memoriam: Mario Cooper

Mario Cooper, who played an important link between grassroots AIDS activists and the political establishment in the epidemic’s early decades, died May 29, 2015. He was 61.

Published
05 June 2015
From
Poz
Appalachia gripped by hepatitis C epidemic, bracing for HIV

Patton Couch, 25, is one of thousands of young Appalachian drug users recently diagnosed with hepatitis C. Yet public health officials warn that it could get much worse. Two hundred miles north, Scott County, Indiana, is grappling with one of the worst American HIV outbreaks among injection drug users in decades. Kentucky, with the nation's highest rate of acute hepatitis C, might be just a few dirty needles away from a similar catastrophe. "One person could be Typhoid Mary of HIV," said Dr. Jennifer Havens, an epidemiologist at the University of Kentucky's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, who has studied Perry County drug users for years as the hepatitis rate spiraled through small-town drug circles there. An explosion of hepatitis C, transmitted through injection drug use and unprotected sex, can foreshadow a wave of HIV cases.

Published
04 June 2015
From
CNS
Surviving Life Itself

Mark S King on long-term survival: "In the decades since those sorrowful days, I have faced a host of perilous circumstances apart from AIDS, including a car crash, drug addiction, serious medical procedures and weapons pointed in my direction. Like everyone else, positive and negative alike, I am a survivor of life itself. That life has included falling in love, changing careers, teasing my friends, watching my cats wrestle one another, and looking forward to whatever lies ahead with a deep sense of gratitude and joyful anticipation. And it is this prism—one that includes AIDS as only a segment of my life—through which I view the world today."

Published
26 May 2015
From
POZ
Fighting HIV where no-one admits it's a problem

For years Russia has remained remarkably silent on the challenge it faces from HIV and Aids. Now that silence has been broken by an epidemiologist who has been working in the field for more than two decades - and he calls the situation "a national catastrophe".

Published
20 May 2015
From
BBC
The Day AIDS Hit the Fashion Industry

Thirty years ago, Seventh Avenue lost its first designer to the disease during a time when people were afraid to even say its name.

Published
25 April 2015
From
The Atlantic
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
The sale of the London Lighthouse

Dr Rosemary Gillespie, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, bids farewell to a landmark in HIV history.

Published
01 April 2015
From
Terrence Higgins Trust
Indiana governor to declare health emergency in HIV epidemic

Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday morning is expected to reveal details of an emergency plan to address an HIV epidemic in southeastern Indiana linked to intravenous drug use. But it's not clear whether he will give the green light for clean needle exchange.

Published
26 March 2015
From
Indianapolis Star
Living with HIV: six very different stories

Since HIV was first diagnosed in Britain 30 years ago, the reality of having the virus has changed dramatically. From a survivor of the 1980s epidemic to a recently diagnosed mother in her 60s, Eleanor Tucker hears six life-affirming stories.

Published
24 March 2015
From
The Guardian
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