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HIV & AIDS in the news: A guide for reporting in a new era of prevention & treatment

The reality of HIV and AIDS has evolved in the United States since it was first brought to public consciousness in the 1980s. While we have seen significant progress on prevention and treatment, public understanding lags and the unwarranted negative stigma associated with the disease continues to be an obstacle to eradication.

Published
16 hours ago
From
GLAAD
Nigel Farage And Steven Woolfe At Odds Over Ukip's Stance On Terminally Ill Immigrants

Nigel Farage set out Ukip's "common sense" stance towards immigrants in an interview on Wednesday, saying: "We want people who haven't got a life threatening illness." Hours later, he restated his position in his keynote speech on the party's immigration policy, echoing his position last year to stop immigrants with HIV coming to Britain. However, Ukip MEP Steven Woolfe, who has previously said that he was interested in succeeding Farage as leader, insisted that the party would not "turn away" people with life-threatening illnesses like cancer.

Published
05 March 2015
From
Huffington Post
Here's One Simple Way We Can Change The Conversation About Drug Abuse

The negative words we use to describe drug addiction -- "clean" vs. "dirty," "patient" vs. "addict" -- can drive some individuals away from the very help they so desperately need. To reduce that stigma, we need to start changing the language for people struggling with a disease. With that goal in mind, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has drafted a preliminary glossary of suggested language.

Published
05 March 2015
From
Huffington Post
Emirati man with HIV held for more than a decade at health facility

An Emirati man with HIV has been waiting 16 years to be released from a government clinic because his family won’t give their consent. The centre stipulates that a family member must consent to Mr Al Mazrouei’s release.

Published
04 March 2015
From
The National
Two Strains of HIV Cut Vastly Different Paths

It’s now clear, researchers say, that HIV originated in humans on 13 separate occasions, evolving in humans from ancestral viruses that infected monkeys, chimpanzees and gorillas.

Published
03 March 2015
From
New York Times
Gorilla origins of the last two HIV-1 lineages confirmed

Two of the four known groups of human AIDS viruses (HIV-1 groups O and P) have originated in western lowland gorillas, according to an international team of scientists. HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS, has jumped species to infect humans on at least four separate occasions, generating four HIV-1 lineages -- groups M, N, O, and P. Previous research from this team found that groups M and N originated in geographically distinct chimpanzee communities in southern Cameroon, but the origins of groups O and P remained uncertain.

Published
03 March 2015
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Should An HIV-Positive Body Be Considered a Deadly Weapon?

Terrance Williams's act was profoundly thoughtless, but was it malicious, and should it be considered a crime? And if so, what kind of crime? These questions have been the subject of New York court proceedings for nearly four years. The Williams case is, in a sense, a final vestige of the scariest, most dangerous age of AIDS, when the disease carried a powerful stigma, and an infected body was seen as a dangerous weapon.

Published
02 March 2015
From
Bloomberg
PrEP: So Effective, It's Unheard Of

As gay, bisexual and queer men and transgender individuals get more familiar with the drug, new possibilities continue to open up for us. Even so, the general heterosexual community has shown little excitement over this breakthrough -- even a widespread ignorance to the treatment's very existence.

Published
27 February 2015
From
The Body.com
HIV stigma drives sex work in Northern Kenya

When Zeinab left her home village in Northern Kenya to look for a job, she had one thing in mind; work hard to help her struggling family. But her plans were destroyed by something that would keep her from home for the rest of her life.

Published
27 February 2015
From
Key Correspondents
What We Know About HIV Transmission Should Influence PrEP Messaging

It is pretty clear that those who are diagnosed with HIV who are in care and on medicine are not spreading the virus. So why do people continue to discuss PrEP solely in the context of having known HIV-positive partners? And in what ways do we still stigmatize people living with HIV in our discussions around PrEP as a tool to bridge the viral divide?

Published
26 February 2015
From
The Body
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