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AIDSfree: London looks to stop the stigma and halt new HIV cases by 2030

The HIV epidemic in London could be halted in the next 12 years if everybody who has the virus is diagnosed and takes treatment, a leading doctor said on Monday, as The Independent and Evening Standard launched our Christmas appeal.

Published
05 December 2018
From
The Independent
Lloyd Russell-Moyle: Why I decided to go public about being HIV positive

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle revealed he was HIV positive in a speech to the House of Commons. This is what he said.

Published
01 December 2018
From
New Statesman
MP reveals he is HIV positive in move to tackle stigma

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

Published
30 November 2018
From
The Guardian
Stigma means Russia risks HIV epidemic as cases rise

Stigma around homosexuality and drug use means Russia and some former Soviet Union countries risk developing out-of-control HIV epidemics, experts have said, after data showed a record number of new cases last year.

Published
29 November 2018
From
The Guardian
Italy orders seizure of migrant rescue ship over 'HIV-contaminated' clothes

Italian authorities have ordered the seizure of the migrant rescue ship Aquarius after claiming that discarded clothes worn by the migrants on their voyage from Libya to Italy could have been contaminated by HIV, meningitis and tuberculosis. The Italian authorities have placed 24 people under investigation for ‘‘trafficking and the illegal management of waste,” including the captain of the Aquarius, Evgenii Talanin, and Michele Trainiti, deputy head of the Italy mission of Medecins san Frontieres (MSF) Belgium. The Sicilian prosecutors also fined MSF a total of €460,000 (£409,000) and froze some of its bank accounts based in Italy.

Published
20 November 2018
From
The Guardian
HIV speed dating comes to London

To coincide with World AIDS Day (1 December), ACT UP London are hosting a HIV Blind Date theatre show and HIV Speed Dating event. The group says it’s to raise awareness of continuing stigma around the virus.

Published
16 November 2018
From
Gay Star News
In Kenya, a pastor's refusal to marry an HIV-positive bride stirs debate over AIDS stigma

A Pentecostal pastor in the western Kenyan town of Bahati triggered outrage over the past week by refusing to marry a young couple until they complied with his demand that they be tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Published
14 November 2018
From
Religion News Service
Gay, Muslim and living with HIV

Shamal Waraich, 34, was born in Manchester and grew up in a religious British-Pakistani household. He was diagnosed with HIV in 2013, and now educates people about what it's like to be gay, Muslim and living with HIV.

Published
03 October 2018
From
BBC News
Using social media for social good

Matthew Hodson: I first got involved in HIV charity work in 1999 because I wanted to dispel the ignorance that had resulted in the deaths of so many that I loved. I wanted to give people the knowledge and the skills to empower them in their sexual choices. Considering my goal was to share knowledge it made sense that I would attempt to harness the power of social media. Here’s how I use social media to inform and educate about HIV.

Published
20 September 2018
From
Social CEOs
UNAIDS welcomes ground-breaking decision by India’s Supreme Court that strikes down law criminalizing LGBTI people

UNAIDS welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court of India to annul key provisions of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Section 377 criminalizes sexual relations between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. 

Published
06 September 2018
From
UNAIDS

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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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