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HIV now and then: 1982 vs 2014

Jonathan Blake was one of the first people in Britain to be diagnosed back in 1982 and 19-year-old Luke Alexander found out last year he had the virus. BBC Radio 5live got the two men together at the Gay's The Word bookshop in London to talk frankly about their experiences of living with HIV.

Published
20 November 2014
From
BBC (video)
In a Bay Area First, an HIV-Positive Candidate Wins Public Office

Gabriel Quinto won a seat on the El Cerrito City Council, becoming the first known HIV-positive candidate in the California Bay Area elected to public office.

Published
14 November 2014
From
Poz magazine news
VIDEO: This Gay Teenage Couple Defies HIV Stereotypes

When Chanse, a 19-year-old gay man living in Shreveport, Louisiana, tested HIV positive a few months ago, his mother reacted with understandable emotion and concern. And then she did something both odd and beautiful: she threw Chanse a coming out party.

Published
13 November 2014
From
MarkSKing.com
Consultation: Offences against the Person

A scoping consultation, exploring potential options for reforming the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. We ask whether future reform needs to deal with serious harm caused by infectious diseases either by codifying the current law (and resolving some uncertainties within it) or in some other way.

Published
12 November 2014
From
Law Commission
Uganda Parliament committee tries again with bill that would criminalize HIV prevention services

The latest draft of a bill targeting “unnatural sexual practices” from a Uganda Parliament committee seeking to replace the country’s nullified Anti-Homosexality Act would punish “anyone providing premises, distributing textual or visual material or any other means to interest a person in unnatural sexual practices . . .” with up to seven years in prison.

Published
11 November 2014
From
Science Speaks
Suraj Madoori: Media-Driven Stigma Continues With New HIV Criminalization Case

Despite the immense progress made in the battle to destigmatize HIV and end HIV criminalization laws, the mainstream media is failing to catch up and join the fight. In some cases, the media's coverage of HIV criminalization becomes the source of stigma. A new case under an outdated HIV criminalization law in Illinois demonstrates the media's inability to handle sensitive information. But it also complicates the public health sector's efforts to destigmatize HIV among vulnerable communities.

Published
11 November 2014
From
Huffington Post
Panic, Paranoia, and Public Health — The AIDS Epidemic's Lessons for Ebola

Gregg Gonsalves and Peter Staley: "For those of us who lived through the early days of the U.S. AIDS epidemic, the current national panic over Ebola brings back some very bad memories."

Published
08 November 2014
From
New England Journal of Medicine
Can a Judge Order People to Take HIV Medication?

The story of a Seattle man with HIV who was ordered by a judge to attend medical visits has stirred HIV community anxiety about coerced treatment. But can people with HIV be mandated to take antiretroviral medication to reduce the likelihood that they will transmit the virus to their sex partners?

Published
05 November 2014
From
The Body
NIH Trial Tests Very Early Anti-HIV Therapy in HIV-Infected Newborns

​A new clinical trial is exploring whether giving anti-HIV therapy soon after birth to infants who became infected with HIV in the womb leads to remission of the virus, enabling the children eventually to stop treatment for an extended time period. The trial aims to build on the case of the 'Mississippi Baby'.

Published
05 November 2014
From
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) press release
Income Protection and Critical Illness Cover non-existent for HIV-positive people

Insurance provision for people living with HIV remains limited, Chris Morgan, lead adviser at Unusual Risks Mortgage & Insurance Services, has found. The firm asked major providers whether they would offer life insurance, income protection or critical illness cover to HIV-positive applicants.

Published
04 November 2014
From
FT Adviser

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