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U=U is a human rights issue

Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) is a human rights issue, Dr Carrie Foote told the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2019) in Seattle last week. “All people

12 March 2019
Krishen Samuel
India’s first LGBTQ clinic and HIV treatment centre inaugurated in Mumbai

Based out of the Humsafar Trust’s office jn Mumbai, the centre will give free counselling and provide Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) to the LGBTQ community. TAshok Row Kavi, founder chairperson of the Trust, said: “Until now we would get testing done for the community members at our centre. If tested positive for the disease, they would be asked to go to Sion Hospital, but there was a huge dropout (rate) there. Because of how the community is perceived outside, a lot of these people wouldn’t seek treatment."

12 March 2019
Hindustan Times
UNAIDS urges action to change discriminatory laws in order to restore dignity and respect and save lives

On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS calls on countries to examine discriminatory provisions in their laws and policies and make positive changes to ensure equality, inclusion and protection

01 March 2019
UNAIDS press release
Why Science Shows Us the Best Way to Beat HIV Stigma

Instead of throwing anything anti-stigma against the wall and hoping it sticks, we now have a tool with a much higher chance of success. The U=U message is incredibly powerful.

24 February 2019
A Raw, Romantic Campaign Paints a New Narrative of HIV In Vietnam

The message is simple but quite radical: It’s possible for people living with HIV to have a healthy and fulfilling sex life.

29 January 2019
Panama: Pope says HIV Shelter shows 'Maternal face of the Church'

Pope Francis visits the Good Samaritan Shelter in a symbolic gesture of being close to all those who, because of illness or disability, were unable to attend World Youth Day (WYD) events.

28 January 2019
Vatican News
HIV shelter outside Panama City readies for papal visit

Pope Francis has sought to break the stigma that haunts HIV sufferers in many parts of the world.

25 January 2019
ABC News
In 20 years living with HIV, my sanity has often been pushed to the limit

The virus has ultimately transformed my life for the better but thousands of us still endure high rates of poverty and prejudice.

03 January 2019
The Guardian
Kayden Gray: Advocate

Polish porn actor and escort Kayden Gray strips away pretense and shame to deliver a hardcore point about living with HIV.

17 December 2018
A & U
Why I declared my HIV status in parliament – and what needs to happen next

Of course, there were personal reasons for my decision to make such a public announcement, but my primary motivation was to help destigmatise the conversation around HIV and to point out the impediments we face in winning the fight against the virus. These impediments include the current British government.

13 December 2018
The Independent

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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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