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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.

Published
08 November 2018
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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.

Published
29 October 2018
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GMFA
Some gay and bisexual men see PrEP as a 'social problem'

Gay and bisexual men have differing attitudes towards men who are using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), according to US research published in Sociology of Health & Illness. A

Published
05 October 2018
By
Michael Carter
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.”

Published
02 October 2018
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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.

Published
02 October 2018
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EATG
Stigma remains a substantial barrier in accessing HIV care in rural East Africa

A set of varied barriers adversely impact positive outcomes at different stages in the HIV care cascade in the rural East African context, according to a qualitative

Published
14 September 2018
By
Krishen Samuel
PrEP for female sex workers: non-judgemental attitudes and community involvement are keys to success

Several studies presented at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam last month detailed very different approaches to introducing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to female sex workers (FSWs) as

Published
28 August 2018
By
Gus Cairns
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.

Published
23 August 2018
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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.

Published
17 July 2018
From
Bristol Live
The Newest “Ism” to Challenge Is Ageism

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

Published
13 July 2018
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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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