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Invisible: stories stories of gay and bisexual men and transgender people in Vietnam

After walking a flight of stairs to the second floor of a rented hall in mid-December 2018, I strolled around the large room appreciating a photo-voice exhibition of photographs, each accompanied by a unique story. The photos were set on easels, spread around the room, poster size, with short statements reflecting on the emotions and experiences that each gay and bisexual men and transgender person wanted to convey. The photos told the stories of gay and bisexual men and transgender people’s experiences around barriers and entry points to sexual health services in Hanoi, Son La and other provinces of Vietnam.

Published
27 February 2019
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M Pact
Mismatch between US infant feeding policies and the lived experience of HIV-positive women

US guidelines recommending that HIV-positive women feed their infants formula milk instead of breast milk create unique challenges for patients and healthcare providers alike, according to a mixed-methods

Published
26 February 2019
By
Krishen Samuel
Viral Load Does Not Equal Value

Are We Shaming Those Who Are Detectable? To contend with this issue and fight the epidemic, we must confront structural barriers and address stigma. What’s more, we must imagine new ways to provide community support beyond offering only clinical solutions.

Published
20 February 2019
From
POZ
HIV non-disclosure laws perpetuate social injustices against women in Canada

People living with HIV in Canada can be charged with aggravated sexual assault and be registered as sexual offenders if they do not disclose their HIV status,

Published
05 February 2019
By
Krishen Samuel
Jamaica: Don’t Coerce Women Living With HIV To Tie Off

Patrice (not her real name) is a woman living with HIV. In a consultation with her doctor, she explained that she and her partner were planning to have a child. The doctor is said to have told her that she was wicked to want to get pregnant and pass the virus on to her child.

Published
23 January 2019
From
The Gleaner
HIV in the Black Community: Tell the Story Right

For the first time, the words I am posting on My Fabulous Disease are not my own. This piece is from Craig Washington, whom I have known since our service at AID Atlanta 25 years ago. He continues to teach me about the lives and issues of Black gay men living with HIV.

Published
18 January 2019
From
My Fabulous Disease
Half of Malaysian doctors admit to some discrimination against patients with HIV

Just over half of physicians at two of Malaysia’s leading medical universities expressed some intention to discriminate against patients with HIV in a survey. Dr Tee Ying

Published
16 January 2019
By
Roger Pebody
Family duty is a powerful force in China. Is that why so many couples signed up for the ‘CRISPR babies’ experiment?

Young adults in China feel a powerful cultural obligation to marry and have kids, but that life plan suddenly looks unattainable to people told they’re infected with HIV, particularly for the many who can’t afford or are unaware of treatments that would allow them to have uninfected children. So when an ambitious scientist offered HIV-positive men and their spouses what seemed to be a way out of this despair, several hundred couples in China jumped at the chance, expressing interest in a clinical trial that promised to deliver them babies forever protected from HIV infections.

Published
15 January 2019
From
STAT
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.

Published
03 January 2019
From
The Guardian
Links between stigma, suicidal thoughts and less HIV testing in Nigerian men who have sex with men

Contemplating suicide – an indication of poor mental health and a risk factor for committing suicide – is much more common in Nigerian men who have sex

Published
31 December 2018
By
Krishen Samuel

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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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