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'We must talk about HIV or it stays a “dirty secret”, says man was diagnosed at just 21

It's been decades since an HIV diagnosis would be considered a death sentence – but the stigma, discrimination and wall of silence remain.

Published
15 November 2017
From
Metro
How Drug Users Would Solve the Opioid Crisis

Users say they want to end prohibition, seek reparations, and get invested in pain alternatives like weed. In Vancouver, that’s already happening.

Published
15 November 2017
From
Vice
Australia says yes to same-sex marriage in historic postal survey

Australia has taken a decisive step towards legislating marriage equality by Christmas after 61.6% of voters in an unprecedented national postal survey approved a change to the law to allow couples of the same sex to marry

Published
15 November 2017
From
The Guardian
Glasgow's heroin shooting gallery plans rejected by Lord Advocate

Plans to open a safe injecting facility for heroin addicts in Glasgow City Centre have suffered a serious setback after the Lord Advocate refused to give legal backing to the scheme. The project relied on prosecutors being willing to accept a 'tolerance zone' in the neighbourhood of the facility where the authorities would turn a blind eye to people on their way there in possession of drugs. However the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC said drug users would not be allowed to bring street drugs to the facility.

Published
13 November 2017
From
Evening Times
The S Word

Misuse of the term 'stigma' continues to control the behaviours of people living with HIV. It is all too common to blame this monster in the dark, a beast lurking on the streets than it is to blame our own family and friends, the people we love for their fear or ignorance. And we also need to stop telling people living with HIV that they will be stigmatised.

Published
10 November 2017
From
Alex Sparrowhawk (blog)
Healthcare workers living with HIV have different motivations for disclosing or concealing their HIV status

Nurses and other healthcare workers who are living with HIV have mixed reactions when they mention their HIV status to colleagues, according to a small Dutch study

Published
10 November 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Migrants' Rights Network Legal Challenge against NHS Data-Sharing Deal

Charity to challenge secret Home Office-NHS data-sharing deal that puts migrants off seeking vital medical help. Submission to the High Court argues agreement violates patients’ right to privacy under the Human Rights Act.

Published
09 November 2017
From
Migrants' Rights Network
The restaurant kitchen where everyone has HIV: 'We want to challenge stigma'

A Toronto pop-up is the first of its kind anywhere, and was born out of a recent poll suggesting many still fear sharing food with someone HIV positive

Published
09 November 2017
From
The Guardian
‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ is the Sexiest Damn Film of 2017. Period.

Director Robin Campillo never allows us to forget that the young men (and women!) who populate this activism group are every bit as interested in dancing and getting laid as in making a statement. And, come to think of it, his characters’ connection to their sexual humanity during a time when touching a person with HIV was abhorrent is a heady statement in and of itself.

Published
07 November 2017
From
My Fabulous Disease
Canada: Debate over drug consumption sites might be coming to end

In the space of two years, the number of supervised consumption sites approved to operate in Canada has gone from one to 22. "Whereas it took many, many years of advocacy and civil disobedience to establish a supervised injecting site in Vancouver, it's become a lot less politicized, a lot less controversial and I think there are no really sane actors who are sitting around questioning whether there is a role for these initiatives anymore," says Dr. Thomas Kerr, a researcher at the University of British Columbia.

Published
06 November 2017
From
CBC

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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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