Most people living with HIV think carefully about whether or not to tell people that they have HIV (sometimes called disclosure). People often make different choices in relation to friends, family, children, sexual partners, employers and others.

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  • How would you tell your child they are HIV-positive?

    When having ‘the talk’ is about more than just the ‘birds and bees’.

    30 November 2018 | Health-e
  • MP reveals he is HIV positive in move to tackle stigma

    Lloyd Russell-Moyle’s personal Commons speech highlights advances in treating condition

    30 November 2018 | The Guardian
  • Jackie Morton – Disclosure? No exposure!

    Sharing your HIV status ought to be a personal choice in every case and our decision not to disclose our status to our two sons survived for nine years until my admission to hospital on 5 November 2018 following a heart attack.

    22 November 2018 | EATG
  • Why we should no longer talk about ‘disclosing’ our HIV status

    Alongside the emotionally liberating and sexually freeing U = U message, there’s no place for the stigmatising language of HIV ‘disclosure’ anymore, says HIV peer mentor Rob Hammond.

    15 November 2018 | AVERT
  • What I’ve learned about online dating as a woman living with HIV

    My advice to someone who is newly diagnosed and looking to date is to take your time. Get your head around living with HIV, and then step out into the world of dating.

    02 August 2018 | The i
  • Fear of contagion clouds our thinking about the transmission of HIV

    There is no legal obligation on a person with HIV to disclose their status, nor is there a law that provides a specific penalty for knowingly transmitting the disease. For the second time this year, this legal situation is being tested in the courts. This raises serious questions about our understanding both of HIV the disease and of personal responsibility with regard to health. Is the contraction of HIV, now a treatable long-term condition, “serious harm”? Who is at fault for contracting a disease? What does fault mean? These are very difficult questions and have vexed societies for as long as contagious diseases have circulated them.

    12 July 2018 | Irish Times
  • This new dating research proves so many people still believe outdated HIV myths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
  • Dating While HIV Positive

    POZ Personals members share their dating advice.

    19 June 2018 | Poz
  • ‘Last week I tested positive for HIV. My world imploded.’

    A gay man’s decision to announce his HIV diagnosis on Twitter has prompted an outpouring of support. Henry says he would have taken PrEP were it available: ‘I would have, and had asked my sexual health clinic about getting on the PrEP trials last year but there weren’t enough spaces.’

    12 June 2018 | Gay Star News
  • Eight HIV-Positive Folks Talk (Anonymously) About Why They Stay in the HIV Closet

    Disclosing one's HIV status in the workplace or in traditional and social media can have its pros and cons. It can make us feel freer and more empowered and help reduce societal HIV stigma -- but in many places, it can still put us at risk for discrimination and emotional (even perhaps physical) harm. Here's why eight very HIV-positive folks out there in the U.S. choose not to disclose to anyone but close family, friends, and lovers -- even as some of them say they want to go public!

    27 April 2018 | The Body
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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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