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The S Word

Misuse of the term 'stigma' continues to control the behaviours of people living with HIV. It is all too common to blame this monster in the dark, a beast lurking on the streets than it is to blame our own family and friends, the people we love for their fear or ignorance. And we also need to stop telling people living with HIV that they will be stigmatised.

Published
10 November 2017
From
Alex Sparrowhawk (blog)
The restaurant kitchen where everyone has HIV: 'We want to challenge stigma'

A Toronto pop-up is the first of its kind anywhere, and was born out of a recent poll suggesting many still fear sharing food with someone HIV positive

Published
09 November 2017
From
The Guardian
Betty Price's HIV Quarantine Query Echoes White Supremacist Voices in the Trump Era

Price's line of questioning seemed to belong to the 1980s, when HIV and AIDS were less understood and far less preventable, as well as surrounded by much more fear and hysteria. But I heard very similar consideration of quarantining people with HIV as a viable option a few months ago -- on a white supremacist podcast. And these podcasts are the new "test kitchens" of the right -- floating ideas once considered politically impossible to see what'll stick with the core supporters of the current regime.

Published
01 November 2017
From
The Body
Coronation Street star 'challenged' by character's HIV diagnosis

Coronation Street star Harry Visinoni has said ‘it has been challenging’ to film scenes involving his character Seb Franklin being diagnosed with HIV as the soap opera aims to raise awareness of the issue.

Published
24 October 2017
From
RTE
How We Talk About U=U and the Importance of Precise Language

Bob Leahy on what words to use and what words to avoid when describing risk and ability to transmit applicable to an undetectable viral load – and why that’s important.

Published
19 October 2017
From
Positive Lite
How I Make My Mixed HIV Status Relationship Work

I'm HIV positive, but my partner is not. And though science has rendered that difference medically negligible, it's hard to shed decades of stigma overnight.

Published
16 October 2017
From
Vice
Reconsidering Primary Prevention: a Call To Action For The Global HIV Response

"The [HIV] prevention toolbox is getting bigger, but the application of the tools is getting smaller. For...prevention to stand a chance, the silence, denial, negativity, and moralism surrounding sex and drug use must end. Policy makers and donors, including governments, must shed their reluctance to openly and positively address sex and drug use in their public health discourse and responses to HIV."

Published
09 October 2017
From
MSMGF
2017 Is the Year That HIV Stigma Is Finally Loosening

Studies have proven that having an undetectable viral load means you can't transmit HIV—and people are finally waking up.

Published
09 October 2017
From
Vice
The Straight Men Who Have Sex with Trans Women

"Matt's first sexual experience with a trans woman was in 1987, with a girl he picked up on the West Side Highway. This stretch of New York road runs parallel to the Hudson River, from the southern harbors of Manhattan to the Upper West Side. It used to be an infamous pickup spot for trans sex workers. Though Matt loved the sex itself, it wasn't long after orgasm that he felt a throat-clenching sense of anxiety. "I was driving her back and I was so nervous, 'Is someone going to see me?' Absolute fear—HIV, Did I give myself HIV? I was so afraid [thinking of] how I'd tell anybody."

Published
09 September 2017
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Vice
James Wharton addresses ‘vile and disgusting’ gay sauna comments

In a 2014 column for Attitude’s sister publication Winq, James wrote: “Sex saunas need to be history. The time has come to close them down. If we don’t, we feed the haters and we hand the bigots who remain a vocal minority ammunition with which to attack us.” Now, in an interview for Attitude’s September issue, Matt Cain asks James whether he was guilty of hypocricy after writing about his experiences with chemsex. “In three years a lot can happen,” James replies, “and a lot of which happened to me I do discuss in the book.”

Published
05 September 2017
From
Attitude

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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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