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Zimbabwe Lawmakers Take Public HIV Tests in Awareness Campaign

Zimbabwean lawmakers started taking public HIV tests on Wednesday in a campaign seeking to raise awareness and fight the stigma associated with Aids.

Published
22 June 2012
From
Voice of America
‘Gay cure’ therapist loses appeal against the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Lesley Pilkington, a psychotherapist who was found guilty of ‘professional malpractice’ for using the techniques of ‘conversion therapy’ (a bogus form of treatment which is supposed to make gay people become straight) has lost her appeal against the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Mrs Pilkington was found guilty of malpractice last year after trying to convert a gay client to heterosexuality, with the BACP describing her practice as ‘negligent’, ‘dogmatic’ and ‘unprofessional’.

Published
24 May 2012
From
British Humanist Association
Criminal Injustice: HIV criminalization survivors speak up

HIV criminalization laws do little to stem the epidemic or protect public health. Instead, they often backfire and discourage people from being tested. Here, three courageous advocates share their stories of HIV criminalization and their crusade for health, welfare and justice.

Published
14 May 2012
From
Poz
Churches in Africa becoming 'HIV competent'

The Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA) has recently documented the impact it has achieved since 2002.

Published
07 March 2012
From
Christian Today
Zimbabwe President Urge MPs to Reveal HIV Status to Fight Stigma

President Robert Mugabe has urged politicians to reveal their HIV status - in order to fight the stigma associated with the virus that causes AIDS. Mugabe made the appeal in Harare Thursday at the launch of Zimbabwe Parliamentarians Against HIV and AIDS - or ZIPAH. 

Published
01 March 2012
From
Voice of America
Mugabe admits losing cabinet to HIV and AIDS

President Robert Mugabe has admitted for the first time that he has watched over the past years most of his cabinet ministers succumbing to HIV and Aids related deaths. 

Published
01 March 2012
From
The Zimbabwean
Vancouver-based Does HIV Look Like Me? video asks Canadians to Stop the Stigma

Who do you think HIV looks like?That's what a campaign by the Vancouver-based Does HIV Look Like Me? International Society asks.The organization aims to counter discrimination against people with HIV or AIDS by boosting awareness about what it is like to live with HIV or AIDS and dispelling myths or erroneous information.

Published
17 January 2012
From
Straight.com
US: Critics assail crime laws aimed at people with HIV

In Michigan, an HIV-positive man who allegedly bit a neighbor during an argument faced a bioterrorism charge. Charges for the same acts would have been far less severe if the defendants had been virus-free.

Published
02 January 2012
From
San Francisco Chronicle
Cinema: An HIV patient's struggle against social stigma in Egypt

Amr Salama’s latest film “Asmaa” stirred up a lot of hype before it opened in Egyptian movie theaters last week. It won several awards after its debut at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival last October. The real controversy, however, is about its storyline: the life of an HIV-AIDS patient in Egypt.

Published
15 December 2011
From
Al-Masry Al-Youm
Annual Gay Rights Parade in Delhi Addresses Discrimination, Ambiguous Legality

Indians flocked to the capital from around the country to participate in the fourth annual gay rights parade last week. They say that despite legal advances in recent years, stigma against homosexuality in India remains strong.

Published
13 December 2011
From
Global Press Institute

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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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