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HIV Status Disclosure and Ripping the Band-Aid Off Quick

Being HIV positive for the past six years, I've had to deal with disclosure and the gut-wrenching process of deciding the appropriate time to disclose for each situation I put myself in.

Published
24 March 2015
From
The Body
S.Africa HIV-positive women forced to sterilise: rights groups

Doctors at some public hospitals in South Africa have allegedly coerced dozens of HIV-positive women to undergo sterilisation over the past three decades, rights groups said Thursday.

Published
20 March 2015
From
Yahoo News
“An unspoken world of unspoken things”: a study identifying and exploring core beliefs underlying self-stigma among people living with HIV and AIDS in Ireland

Despite evidence that high levels of self-stigma exist among PLHIV, and is experienced to a far greater extent than stigma received from the broader community, there is a paucity of research aimed at understanding causes and functions of self-stigma, and an absence of interventions to mitigate its harmful effects. Understanding the core beliefs underlying self-stigma is therefore essential.This pilot study used a qualitative approach to analyse interviews and written statements to uncover core beliefs underlying self-stigma, the functions thereof, and strategies used to overcome it, among a heterogeneous group of PLHIV in Ireland. See http://www.aidsmap.com/The-diminished-self-HIV-and-self-stigma/page/2657859/, which is based on this project.

Published
18 March 2015
From
Swiss Medical Weekly
Misogyny in Fag Space: How to Have a Dick Without Being a Dick

Not all gay men have penises, trans man Brandyn Gallagher warns, and it's about time other gay men started dealing with it. "Once upon a time, I was a young fag disguised as a girl. Throughout junior high and high school, I consistently dated boys who eventually figured out they were gay and dumped me so they could instead date men. Rejection, being told my body isn’t desirable or legitimate enough for the men toward whom I’m attracted, has been part of my internal narrative for as long as I can remember. It’s gotten better for me over time, but dating in the world of gay men is far from struggle-free—for anyone, but especially a trans man."

Published
18 March 2015
From
Beta Blog
Thai junta may pass law banning men who have sex with men from monkhood

The junta cabinet in Thailand has approved a bill on religion which can be used to prosecute, with jail terms, people who propagate ‘incorrect’ versions of Buddhist doctrines or cause harm to Buddhism. The bill also posts jail terms specifically for homosexual monks.

Published
11 March 2015
From
Prachatai. org
Rev. Malcolm Boyd, Who Held the First AIDS Mass, Dies at 91

The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, a gay Episcopal priest known for his activist ministries, died at age 91.

Published
10 March 2015
From
Poz magazine news
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
06 March 2015
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

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