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Report highlights the need to clean the conversation around drug use

Advocates have cautioned against using language that stigmatizes drug use or portrays people who use drugs as morally flawed or inferior. Rather, language should be "people-first" and reflect the medical nature of substance use. "Person with a substance use disorder" should be used over "addict" or "junkie" for example and "supervised consumption site" over "fix site" or "shooting gallery."

Published
11 January 2018
From
The Globe and Mail
Man with HIV goes public in powerful Facebook post in bid to tackle stigma

Andrew Gamez-Heath wanted to help others understand that HIV is nothing to be ashamed of.

Published
11 January 2018
From
Daily Mirror
Undetectable = Untransmittable. So Why The Hell Isn’t That Catching On?

One can’t help but wonder what role racism plays in the field’s apparent distrust of people with HIV. [They] have been knowing (and practising) viral suppression as a responsible and ethical prevention strategy for years, with limited support from their providers - sometimes facing stigma and discrimination as a result of this choice. It’s a travesty that it took this long for public health and the HIV field to catch up. And have we really? How many HIV and LGBTQ organizations have retrained their staff to make sure they understand the science?

Published
04 December 2017
From
Huffington Post
How homophobia feeds Russia's HIV epidemic

In a country where gay people are persecuted by society and the state, even getting tested for HIV is fraught with problems

Published
04 December 2017
From
The Observer
How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Mark World AIDS Day

Their first official outing as a newly engaged couple will include HIV activism.

Published
30 November 2017
From
Poz
Rising HIV infections see Iran challenge notions about sex

Iran has seen a surge in the number of HIV infections spread by sex, especially among its youth. What's more, authorities say many have no idea that they are infected. That has led to growing uncomfortable questions in the Islamic Republic, where sex outside of marriage is prohibited and those who practice it can face arrest and severe punishment

Published
29 November 2017
From
ABC News
12 Gay Men Living With HIV Explain What It Means To Be Undetectable

A British LGBTQ advocacy group is hoping to clarify some misconceptions about what it means to be HIV undetectable in a quirky new video. “The Undetectables,” released Tuesday, features testimony from 12 gay men who are living with HIV.

Published
17 November 2017
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HuffPost
What's it like being in a HIV mixed diagnosis relationship?

'I spent a lot of time researching the condition and I learnt quite quickly that people with HIV live the same length of time as people without. The most important fact is that if your partner is on HIV medication, there's zero chance of being infected."

Published
15 November 2017
From
Metro
'We must talk about HIV or it stays a “dirty secret”, says man was diagnosed at just 21

It's been decades since an HIV diagnosis would be considered a death sentence – but the stigma, discrimination and wall of silence remain.

Published
15 November 2017
From
Metro
Australia says yes to same-sex marriage in historic postal survey

Australia has taken a decisive step towards legislating marriage equality by Christmas after 61.6% of voters in an unprecedented national postal survey approved a change to the law to allow couples of the same sex to marry

Published
15 November 2017
From
The Guardian

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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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