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Hiv Stigma

Living With HIV -- The Answer Is Kindness

Chanler Jeffers | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Chanler Jeffers

If you're not personally called to help HIV/AIDS, that's okay. Your life's journey has prepared you to focus on other things. Our world is a broken place, so follow your heart, and serve where you feel you can do the most good. As you do that, though -- remember my friend David, and others like him.

#BlackTransLivesMatter: Creating Accountability in the HIV Community

Shaan Michael Wade | Posted 02.09.2016 | Black Voices
Shaan Michael Wade

The 2011 Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Black Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey exposed the high levels of discrimin...

Stigma Mustn't Stop Us From Discussing HIV and Mass Incarceration

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 12.24.2015 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

What's striking is not so much the strength of the argument but rather the public discussion that has started around it -- one illustrating the power of stigma to influence the conversation around HIV/AIDS.

Why Protecting Humans Rights Is Critical to Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation

Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D. | Posted 12.12.2015 | Impact
Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

On Human Rights Day, we join the global community in recommitting to protecting the human rights of all people. The protection of human rights provides the foundation for ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, a global goal the world set this past September.

On World AIDS Day report on black community still grim

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! And international theme for 2015 is "Getting to zero; end Aids by 2030." The national theme for this year is "The time to...

The Dirtying of the Queer Body

Joel Alcaraz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joel Alcaraz

Queer bodies are stigmatized to the point where we cannot sustain healthy relationships. Stigma prevents access to appropriate resources such as health care and counseling. Queer people are afraid of talking about their sexual behavior with their own doctors and therapists.

Here's What It's Like To Live With HIV In 2015

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

What is it like to be HIV-positive in 2015? We've come a long way as far as HIV treatment and prevention is concerned. However, stigma is still alive ...

To End AIDS, We Must End Stigma Against HIV First

Kent Messer | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Kent Messer

Breakthroughs in scientific medical research have prompted AIDS activists and politicians to envision "an AIDS-free generation." UNAIDS has begun a countdown to zero: "no new HIV infections, no discrimination, and no new AIDS deaths."

The Internet Didn't Give A Damn About HIV Patients This Week

Josh Robbins | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Josh Robbins

If this is what it is like in 2015 to come out of the closet as living with HIV, and this is the best we can expect from the Internet, I question why many don't understand if HIV stigma still exists. To the Internet: Nobody deserves HIV. Nobody deserves feeling stigmatized.

Charlie Sheen Deserves Your Scorn, But Not Because He Has HIV

Becky Allen | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Becky Allen

HIV is not a punishment for bad behavior. It's an illness. And it's not OK to act like it is a punishment for some crime, even when the "criminal" is a public jackass like Sheen, because that just reinforces the HIV stigma our culture is already swimming in.

Let's Not Treat Charlie Sheen Like a Criminal

Trevor Hoppe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Trevor Hoppe

If Americans understood the realities of living with HIV, Charlie Sheen's status would not be the stuff of frothy tabloid exploitation.

'I'm Not Here to Tell the Story They Want Me to Tell'

Tyler Curry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tyler Curry

When Danny Pintauro sat down with Oprah Winfrey in September and disclosed his HIV status to the world, he sparked a conversation about stigma, HIV prevention and drug use to a massive TV audience. I recently got the chance to catch up with this brand new HIV activist.

'I Lost Everything Within A Day' Of Disclosing HIV Status

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Cody Walker was in a relationship and had a great new job. But then he got his diagnosis that he was HIV positive and he lost everything.

Slut-Shaming Through the Disclosure of HIV Positive Status: Danny Pintauro's Recent HIV Positive Announcement

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joseph LoGiudice

We can easily cast them aside and say that's a private issue to deal with and it's not our business to place judgment on the choices they make. That logic is illogical when you analyze the realities of the social situations HIV positive gay men encounter daily.

PrEP Is Ready for Prime Time

Ace Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ace Robinson

Last night, Shonda Rhimes done did it again. While gripping a sizable portion of America to their seats to find out who killed Rebecca on How To Get Away With Murder, she dropped a bit of knowledge on Shondaland.

Who Do You Trust?

Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D.

It is a lot easier for gay men to have sex then talk about it. Online hookup sites make it very easy with stats, HIV-status and pictures to find your man in a few clicks. Unfortunately for safer sex advocates, their message may come too late.

What Does a Post-HIV Gay Culture Look Like?

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J Nelson Aviance

What exactly will sex between men look like after HIV is effectively contained or eradicated? How will it affect gay male culture? And is that the goal of safe sex education and advocating for the use of PrEP?

Why Voicing Uneducated Opinions Has Lasting Consequences

Ben Nicoara | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ben Nicoara

A lack of formal gay sex health education has left behind a large population of people who are reckless and misinformed. We know they're making poor decisions because condom usage rates are dropping and HIV infection rates are skyrocketing.

Where Is the Modern HIV Story?

Charles Sanchez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Sanchez

Society desperately needs to see a fresh image of HIV. Despite the fact that the people with HIV can live healthy, normal lives, the negative stigma around people with HIV is incredibly powerful and prevalent.

Living With An STD And The Shame Game

Richard Cordova | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard Cordova

Making an effort to learn from a past choice (and its consequences) is healthier and more productive than wasting your time berating yourself (or anyone else) for something that happened in the past.

Unzipped Episode 5: What Scares You About HIV?

Tyler Curry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tyler Curry

In this fifth episode of Unzipped, the guys talk about what scares them the most about HIV and what they do to protect themselves.

A Look At The Face Of HIV/AIDS: Then and Now

Tyler Curry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tyler Curry

Ever wonder what your life would be like if you were born at a different time? As a man living with HIV, it is something I think about often. This video is dedicated to the longterm survivors and the ones we lost in the fight.

Elton John: Compassion, Abandoning Stigmas Keys To Ending AIDS

Vox | Elton John | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact

I have some good news. The single biggest change that could most radically improve our health-care systems is free. It can't be patented by any corpor...

Unzipped Episode 4: 'The Condom Broke' (VIDEO)

Tyler Curry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tyler Curry

From condoms breaking to anonymous sex, Zakh, Eric, Ronnie and Anthony talk about what sometimes keeps them up at night and what the actions they can never take back.

5 Steps to Making Women a Priority in the Next National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Erin McKelle | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Erin McKelle

Advocates for women have pointed out the error of the first NHAS in not addressing the urgency of the HIV epidemic for Black women, among whom HIV rates are far higher than any other group of women.