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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...

    From: Booklets

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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...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV, stigma & discrimination

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

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • 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

    Information level Level 4

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  • Athens Checkpoint HIV test centre target of arson attack

    The culprits tore down the LGBTQ rainbow flag on the balcony, from which they gained access to the offices and set the fire with gasoline.

    13 March 2019 | ToBHMA
  • Switchboard: Homophobia, HIV and hoax calls

    Switchboard, the LGBT helpline, took its first call from a tiny office in the basement of a bookshop in King's Cross on 4 March 1974. To mark the 45th anniversary, people have been sharing memories of a charity that's helped millions across the world.

    05 March 2019 | BBC
  • Invisible: stories stories of gay and bisexual men and transgender people in Vietnam

    After walking a flight of stairs to the second floor of a rented hall in mid-December 2018, I strolled around the large room appreciating a photo-voice exhibition of photographs, each accompanied by a unique story. The photos were set on easels, spread around the room, poster size, with short statements reflecting on the emotions and experiences that each gay and bisexual men and transgender person wanted to convey. The photos told the stories of gay and bisexual men and transgender people’s experiences around barriers and entry points to sexual health services in Hanoi, Son La and other provinces of Vietnam.

    27 February 2019 | M Pact
  • Viral Load Does Not Equal Value

    Are We Shaming Those Who Are Detectable? To contend with this issue and fight the epidemic, we must confront structural barriers and address stigma. What’s more, we must imagine new ways to provide community support beyond offering only clinical solutions.

    20 February 2019 | POZ
  • Jamaica: Don’t Coerce Women Living With HIV To Tie Off

    Patrice (not her real name) is a woman living with HIV. In a consultation with her doctor, she explained that she and her partner were planning to have a child. The doctor is said to have told her that she was wicked to want to get pregnant and pass the virus on to her child.

    23 January 2019 | The Gleaner
  • HIV in the Black Community: Tell the Story Right

    For the first time, the words I am posting on My Fabulous Disease are not my own. This piece is from Craig Washington, whom I have known since our service at AID Atlanta 25 years ago. He continues to teach me about the lives and issues of Black gay men living with HIV.

    18 January 2019 | My Fabulous Disease
  • Family duty is a powerful force in China. Is that why so many couples signed up for the ‘CRISPR babies’ experiment?

    Young adults in China feel a powerful cultural obligation to marry and have kids, but that life plan suddenly looks unattainable to people told they’re infected with HIV, particularly for the many who can’t afford or are unaware of treatments that would allow them to have uninfected children. So when an ambitious scientist offered HIV-positive men and their spouses what seemed to be a way out of this despair, several hundred couples in China jumped at the chance, expressing interest in a clinical trial that promised to deliver them babies forever protected from HIV infections.

    15 January 2019 | STAT
  • In 20 years living with HIV, my sanity has often been pushed to the limit

    The virus has ultimately transformed my life for the better but thousands of us still endure high rates of poverty and prejudice.

    03 January 2019 | The Guardian
  • Model awarded $125,000 after her photo was used in an HIV ad campaign

    A New York model has been awarded $125,000 in damages after her photo was used in an HIV ad campaign with the words 'I am positive'. Avril Nolan, who does not have HIV, had no idea her image was going to be used for the state's Division of Human Rights 2013 campaign.

    13 December 2018 | Daily Mail
  • Half of all British men believe people with HIV ‘are out to infect others’

    Half of all British men believe people with HIV are 'out to infect others', according to a new study. And it found people are still unaware that hose living with undetectable levels of HIV can not transmit the virus. Mylan, the supplier for the NHS’ PrEP Impact Study, posted the data from its recent survey on HIV awareness.

    13 December 2018 | Gay Star News
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