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Report highlights the need to clean the conversation around drug use

Advocates have cautioned against using language that stigmatizes drug use or portrays people who use drugs as morally flawed or inferior. Rather, language should be "people-first" and reflect the medical nature of substance use. "Person with a substance use disorder" should be used over "addict" or "junkie" for example and "supervised consumption site" over "fix site" or "shooting gallery."

Published
11 January 2018
From
The Globe and Mail
Man with HIV goes public in powerful Facebook post in bid to tackle stigma

Andrew Gamez-Heath wanted to help others understand that HIV is nothing to be ashamed of.

Published
11 January 2018
From
Daily Mirror
Social Connectedness and HIV: Strategies for Better Health

As medications for HIV improve longevity, other psychosocial factors such as social isolation have greater negative impact on the overall well-being of people living with HIV. The health benefits of improved social connectedness are well documented.

Published
07 January 2018
From
The Body
NYC Gets Its First Openly HIV-Positive City Council Speaker

Corey Johnson has served as chair of the council’s health committee and worked on the Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2020 strategy.

Published
07 January 2018
From
Poz
How Many People in Haiti Have AIDS? Trump's Alleged Insult Immigrant Insult Doesn't Reflect Facts

The Trump administration spent the holiday weekend fending off the uproar over President Donald Trump’s reported insults about largely black immigrants, especially his alleged insistence that thousands of Haitians bound for the United States “all have AIDS.” But the remark wasn't just offensive — it’s certainly also incredibly wrong.

Published
26 December 2017
From
Newsweek
Porn Empire Must Defend Itself Against Actors’ HIV Lawsuits

Kink.com’s insurance company is not responsible for these litigation costs, says a federal judge. Here’s why.

Published
21 December 2017
From
Poz
A British Man Has Been Prevented From Becoming An Airline Pilot Because He Has HIV

Britain's Civil Aviation Authority has blocked a man from Glasgow from pursuing his ambition of flying planes. "It's destroyed a boyhood dream," he told BuzzFeed News.

Published
11 December 2017
From
BuzzFeed
Ruthless ‘Google search’ style dating encourages racism

WHEN it comes to hook-ups, it seems people just want to get straight to the point. The freedom to be picky is one of the many attractions of signing up to apps like Grindr and Tinder but in this world of ruthless judgment, there’s not much room for hurt feelings. Unlike dating in the real world, judging on appearances and listing preferences is encouraged, inhibitions are shed and it’s easy to think anything goes.

Published
11 December 2017
From
News.com.au
Are We Punishing Diseases or Punishing People? An Interview With Trevor Hoppe

The movement to end laws that criminalize people living with HIV for exposure or transmission has gained momentum in the U.S. in recent years. However, HIV is by no means the first disease to be used to target marginalized people who happen to be living with it. TheBody.com sat down with Trevor Hoppe, Ph.D., an assistant professor of sociology with the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), to discuss his new book, Punishing Disease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness (University of California Press, 2017).

Published
11 December 2017
From
The Body
When HIV is criminalized: Rosemary Namubiru, nurse living with HIV

Rosemary Namubiru is a 67-year-old nurse living with HIV. She is a mother, grandmother and IAS Member. She was wrongfully accused of intentionally exposing a child to HIV while administering an injection in January 2014. The child did not acquire HIV. However, the accusations created a media firestorm, and she was arrested live on television. Originally charged with attempted murder, she was eventually convicted of criminal negligence. However, on appeal, the judge found that her initial three-year sentence was excessive and ordered her release after she served 10 months in prison. This is her story …

Published
08 December 2017
From
International AIDS Society

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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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