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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...

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  • How Social Conservatism Fueled Russia's HIV Epidemic

    Putin turned to the Orthodox Church to help consolidate his rule. And the Church cracked down on sensible approaches to sexually transmitted diseases. Now, Russia has a crisis on its hands..

    26 February 2018 | Politico
  • Strong link found between gay-related stigma and HIV prevalence in Nigeria

    New study reveals the extent of the relationship between gay-related stigma and HIV among men who have sex with men in Nigeria.  

    23 February 2018 | AVERT
  • Dr Nneka Nwokolo: Put the power in your hands

    Dr Nneka Nwokolo shared with the TEDxEuston community her wish to prevent African women from getting HIV needlessly. As a HIV consultant, she has witnessed in her practice how a ground-breaking pill called PrEP can help stop the spread of HIV amongst African women in addition to the traditional preventative methods such as condoms. This is a game changer that put’s choice and power into the hands of women who are at risk of getting HIV on the continent and its diaspora.

    20 February 2018 | TEDxEuston / YouTube
  • Do you still reject someone just because they have HIV?

    For many people living with HIV, it is the stigma that they face that now provides the greatest challenge. Attitudes towards people living with HIV have not progressed as rapidly or as positively as the medical treatment has.

    15 February 2018 | Gay Star News
  • Romania: protesters interrupt screening of movie about AIDS

    Protesters have interrupted a screening of a French AIDS drama in Bucharest, saying it violates traditional Romanian values.

    06 February 2018 | Washington post
  • “Loathsome” Reason a Model Can Sue After Her Image Appeared in HIV Ads

    Brooklyn model Avril Nolan can sue a New York state agency for using a stock photo of her in an HIV ad, reports The New York Post. The reasoning, in part, is that people with HIV are stigmatized and considered “loathsome” by a “significant segment of society.”

    22 January 2018 | Poz
  • Did the AIDS Panic Make Trump Afraid of Haitians?

    In the 1980s, the Centers for Disease Control and a rabid New York media falsely portrayed Haitians as diseased and dangerous.

    16 January 2018 | Politico
  • How Many People in Haiti Have AIDS? Trump's Alleged Insult Immigrant Insult Doesn't Reflect Facts

    The Trump administration spent the holiday weekend fending off the uproar over President Donald Trump’s reported insults about largely black immigrants, especially his alleged insistence that thousands of Haitians bound for the United States “all have AIDS.” But the remark wasn't just offensive — it’s certainly also incredibly wrong.

    26 December 2017 | Newsweek
  • When HIV is criminalized: Rosemary Namubiru, nurse living with HIV

    Rosemary Namubiru is a 67-year-old nurse living with HIV. She is a mother, grandmother and IAS Member. She was wrongfully accused of intentionally exposing a child to HIV while administering an injection in January 2014. The child did not acquire HIV. However, the accusations created a media firestorm, and she was arrested live on television. Originally charged with attempted murder, she was eventually convicted of criminal negligence. However, on appeal, the judge found that her initial three-year sentence was excessive and ordered her release after she served 10 months in prison. This is her story …

    08 December 2017 | International AIDS Society
  • People Living with HIV Can Safely Choose Parenthood

    A family medicine physician argues for reproductive justice for people living with HIV. "I have seen women who travel hundreds of miles for their pregnancy care because no provider in their community is comfortable pregnant women with HIV. I have seen patients go out of their way for their medical care because they fear disclosure in their community if they see a provider for their HIV care closer to home."

    01 December 2017 | Poz
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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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