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Published
30 August 2011
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Living with HIV in South Africa: Perceptions and implications of HIV & AIDS as a manageable illness

Given the extremely high prevalence and incidence of HIV & AIDS in South Africa, coupled with relatively wide ranging access to anti-retroviral therapy (ART), many point to a HIV positive diagnosis transitioning from a ‘death sentence’ to a ‘manageable illness’ similar to other chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Published
25 August 2011
From
Consultancy Africa Intelligence
88% Ghanaians despise HIV/AIDS patients

Communications Manager for the AIDS Commission, Eric Pwadura has revealed that a demographic survey conducted by the Commission in 2008 revealed that 88% of Ghanaians are uncomfortable associating with HIV positive persons. He was speaking on a TV programme debasting HIV stigma.

Published
23 August 2011
From
Joy Online
Brazilian Doctor is Warned About HIV Needles Used to Protect Home - San Diego 6

Public Safety and Health officials in Brazil sent a strong warning to a local medic Monday who is said have used HIV tainted needles to scare away thieves and protect her home.

Published
23 August 2011
From
Sandiego6.com
Doctor Deters Burglars With HIV-Infected Needles

A Brazilian doctor who was fed up with intruders breaking into her home decided to surround her property with needles infected with HIV as way of defending herself.

Published
23 August 2011
From
Huffington Post
Canadian study finds criminalisation confusion "chills" open and honest discussion of HIV risk-taking

The lack of clarity over when a person with HIV has a legal obligation to disclose their HIV-positive status to a sexual partner is resulting in "anxiety,

Published
23 August 2011
By
Edwin J. Bernard
Swaziland: Swazis Put Lives on Hold Because of Stigma

The widespread fear of stigma and discrimination still leaves many HIV-positive people in Swaziland feeling so despondent they put their lives on hold. Many HIV-positive women have decided not to have children, while some feel marriage is no longer an option, a new survey has found.

Published
21 August 2011
From
AllAfrica
HIV positive people fear having children

Almost half of the people living with HIV/AIDS habour fears of bearing children, according to the Stigma Index Report released yesterday.

Published
15 August 2011
From
Times of Swaziland
The crazy things they say: politicians and HIV

Christine Ondoa joins a long list of African leaders who have been criticized for comments deemed detrimental to the fight against HIV; here are some of the more controversial statements made by politicians.

Published
03 August 2011
From
IRIN Plus News
Understanding the drivers of homophobia in Ghana

Recent condemnation of homosexuality by religious and political leaders in Ghana has led to a climate of fear preventing men who have sex with men (MSM) from accessing vital health services, say local NGOs.

Published
01 August 2011
From
IRIN Plus 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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