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  • What is stigma?

    Stigma means different things to different people. One dictionary’s definition is: “The shame or disgrace attached to something regarded as socially unacceptable.” There may be a feeling of ‘us...

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  • Other people’s stories

    There are also some websites in which people with HIV have written first-hand accounts of their experiences and feelings. On other websites, you can watch videos of people...

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  • HIV, stigma & discrimination

    This booklet is for people living with HIV and is about stigma and discrimination. ...

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  • The negative impact on public health

    In recent years a number of organisations have published papers, monographs and policy documents highlighting ways in which using the criminal law to address potential or actual...

    From: HIV & the criminal law

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  • Linking HIV stigma, denial and poor health 

    People living with HIV who stigmatise and think negatively about themselves because of their HIV status are less likely to start treatment and reach viral load suppression.

    08 November 2018 | AVERT
  • PrEP: The battle against stigma

    FS asked 756 gay and bisexual men for their thoughts on PrEP. The results show a rift between the opinions of those who are taking PrEP and those who oppose it.

    29 October 2018 | GMFA
  • The Violence of Uncertainty — Undermining Immigrant and Refugee Health

    "Immigrants and refugees in the United States have long faced structural violence due to unequal access to health care. Now we are seeing an emerging form of violence inflicted on these groups, enacted through systematic personal, social, and institutional instability that exacerbates inequality and injects fear into the most basic of daily interactions. We refer to such violence as “the violence of uncertainty.”

    02 October 2018 | NEJM
  • We call on the authorities to ensure that justice for Zak Kostopoulos is done

    On Friday 21 September, Zak Kostopoulos, died as a consequence of brutal beatings in Athens Greece. Zak was an HIV+, sex positive, queer, human rights’ activist and defender, also raising awareness performing as drag queen Zackie Oh.

    02 October 2018 | EATG
  • HIV Does Define Me: There, I’ve Said It

    It’s the clarion call of many a budding activist: “HIV does not define me.” You must have read it a hundred times. It’s an admirable sentiment too. It speaks of empowerment, of mastering challenge, of defiance, of retaining a clear sense of identity and of priorities. At the same time, I can’t help but think that, manageable condition or not, HIV DOES define me, and many others. It shapes our lives.

    23 August 2018 | Poz
  • Police finally change false HIV claims after being accused of 'preying on people's prejudices'

    Bristol's police force has finally changed untrue claims it made about HIV, eight months after it was accused of "preying on people's prejudices." Avon and Somerset Police announced last November that it would be rolling out controversial spit hoods to be used on suspects to protect officers.

    17 July 2018 | Bristol Live
  • The Newest “Ism” to Challenge Is Ageism

    Sexism and racism are widely recognized and tackled, but ageism often goes unchecked.

    13 July 2018 | Poz
  • This new dating research proves so many people still believe outdated HIV myths

    A shocking number of people wouldn't swipe right on an HIV positive person who was on effective treatment.

    09 July 2018 | Cosmopolitan
  • Two-thirds of black LGBT people face racism within LGBT community

    According to new research by UK charity Stonewall, 51% of black and minority ethnic LGBT people said they have faced discrimination based on their race from within the queer community. This number jumps to 61% when broken down to just black people.

    29 June 2018 | Gay Star News
  • How South African teenagers born HIV positive are navigating life in care

    Fifteen years ago drugs were introduced that, for the first time, prevented mothers from transmitting the HIV virus to their babies. The drugs meant that children born to mothers infected with the virus could live long and fruitful lives despite being HIV positive. Since then researchers have studied the health issues facing children living with HIV and there’s a fairly good understanding about the medical challenges they face. But there’s still a lack of knowledge about the social issues these young people have to navigate.

    27 June 2018 | The Conversation
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