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Living With HIV: Are We "Damaged Goods"?

Discussion of stigma and how it affects people with HIV by HIV+ psychotherapist David Fawcett.

Published
16 August 2012
From
The Body
People with HIV fear unfair treatment in courts

Nearly half of HIV-positive respondents to a recently released survey on HIV criminalization say they believe they will not receive a fair hearing in the criminal justice system if they ever face charges for failing to disclose their status to sexual partners.

Published
10 August 2012
From
American Independent
Fearing advocacy, Ottawa rejects HIV/AIDS funding proposals - Globe and Mail

Canada has turned down funding for an HIV/AIDS charity for fear it might result in advocacy – an indication of a growing tendency within the Conservative government to steer clear of groups pushing causes out of step with its policies. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, whose mission is to promote the human rights of people living with or at risk of contracting the virus, has received a significant portion of its funding from Ottawa over its 20-year existence. But in this year’s round of funding applications, 16 of its 20 proposals were rebuffed. Fifteen of those were rejected citing an identical reason: “It was unclear from the details provided in the proposal whether the resource would be used for advocacy purposes, which is ineligible for funding,” the health agency wrote in an April e-mail to the group. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has pioneered the investigation of criminal prosecution for HIV exposure in Canada.

Published
07 August 2012
From
Globe and Mail
Zimbabwe Woman Fights Conviction of Deliberately Transmitting HIV

A 34-year-old Zimbabwean woman - who last month was found guilty of deliberately infecting her husband with the HIV virus - is fighting her conviction. Her lawyers have approached the country's highest court, demanding repeal of the law she she was charged under, saying it stigmatizes HIV/AIDS.

Published
03 August 2012
From
Voice of America
Turning the Tide of HIV for MSM, Sex Workers and Trans People

There has been much optimistic talk this past year about turning the tide of HIV and creating an AIDS-free generation. For this to translate to reality, we must address the high HIV prevalence rate among the most vulnerable populations: men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers and transgender people. In addition, antiretroviralsmust be made available to millions more HIV-positive people. Is any of this possible in the real world, and if so, how do we do it?

Published
27 July 2012
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POZ
Fighting AIDS: US donates an extra $150 million

Science now has the tools to slash the spread of HIV even without a vaccine — and the US is donating an extra $150 million to help poor countries put them in place, the Obama administration told the world's largest AIDS conference on Monday 23rd July.

Published
24 July 2012
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Bloomberg Businessweek News
Elton John at Aids conference: 'I should be dead. I nearly died'

Sir Elton John should now be dead from Aids like his friends Freddie Mercury or Rock Hudson, he said on Monday. For years he was addicted to drugs and drink and put himself at high risk of contracting HIV by his behaviour. His message, he said, was that everybody deserved the love and care he received.

Published
24 July 2012
From
The Guardian
The South is the epicenter of new HIV infections in the United States

The stigma surrounding AIDS is a key reason that the South is the epicenter of new HIV infections in the United States. Half of all new infections in the United States are in the South, although the region has only a little more than a third of the country’s population, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The South also has the highest death rate due to HIV.

Published
21 July 2012
From
Washington Post
CDC media campaign aims to end HIV stigma

U.S. health officials said they have begun a publicity campaign to combat obstacles to HIV prevention, complacency and the stigma associated with the infection. The campaign features people living with HIV standing with their friends and family and calling on all Americans to join the fight against the disease.

Published
17 July 2012
From
UPI.com
'We can slash HIV in a decade', says THT

UK-based HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust is calling for the gay community to lead the way in slashing HIV rates.

Published
05 July 2012
From
Gaystar News

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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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