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Hiv Stigma

21-Year-Old 'Humiliated' To Be Kicked Out Of Basketball Game Because Of HIV-Status

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact

Dakota Basinger was in the middle of a basketball game Sunday -- just a few minutes into the second half -- when the ref blew a whistle. The official...

A View From a Son

Nick Lieberman | Posted 04.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Nick Lieberman

AIDS is largely seen, in the United States at least, as something that happened, rather than something that can or will -- more polio than cancer, more Vietnam than Ukraine.

The Needle Prick Docu-Series: Defining HIV Stigma

Tyler Curry | Posted 03.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

Everyone fears the prick of the needle, but a conversation about HIV is just the medicine we need to fight HIV today.

Detecting Change: A Landmark in HIV Prevention

Tyler Curry | Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

This study isn't a free pass for stupid behavior. But this study is a monumental and extraordinary step in the fight against HIV.

Gay-on-Gay Shaming: The New HIV War

Peter Staley | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

HIV-related stigma is worse than ever. Not the external kind, where a society is panicked about the new plague. Thankfully, the days of being shunned by hospital orderlies or funeral homes are over. But I'd prefer that kind of stigma over today's internal stigma, where a community shuns its own.

Overcoming Stigma and Shame: A Way Forward

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 04.14.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

The theme, "I Am My Brother's and Sister's Keeper - Fight HIV/AIDS!" calls on us to preserve and strengthen the health and well-being of our people by caring for and about one another and working together to reduce the disproportionately high rate of HIV/AIDS in the black community.

An HIV Status Doesn't Make You Damaged Goods

Jamar Rogers | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
Jamar Rogers

You see, you're more than a number. You're a living miracle, a breath of fresh air. You have hopes and ambitions. You dream. You hurt. You cry. You love. You are intricately weaved in the plot line of humanity's story and I, for one, am glad you're alive.

Matthew Ebert, Here's Why You and Other HIV-Positive People Should Never Refer to the Virus as a Gift

Mike Alvear | Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Mike Alvear

Recently there was a good old-fashioned media smackdown when Matthew Ebert took an ax to my blog post "Why Are Some HIV-Positive Gay Men Grateful for ...

An AIDS-Free Generation Requires Stigma-Free Faith Communities

David Barstow | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
David Barstow

How do we reduce stigma? That's where local faith communities come in.

Why I Think HIV-Positive Guys Make Great Boyfriends

Gary Nelson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Gary Nelson

I'm sure that my HIV-positive friends have some down days like everybody else. But what I see in them is a passionate push to move forward and get past the bad stuff. There's a courage, an optimism, and a strength, oddly coupled with a sweet vulnerability that, quite frankly, I find attractive.

Mike Alvear, Why Are Some HIV-Negative Guys Writing About HIV When They Have No Clue?

Matthew Ebert | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

Who are you to call me a victim? Ever hear of the Denver Principles? In the early 1980s, a group defining themselves as the People With AIDS Caucus rejected the word "victim," and HIV-positive people still do. I am not a victim, nor is my virus a burden to me any more than it is to you.

Shining a Light on Stigma in a Web 2.0 World

Laurindo Garcia | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Laurindo Garcia

I gulped down some courage, reminded myself of the original intent of the photograph and then passed the phone back to my new friend with my "no shame in being HIV+" pic in full view.

Top Queer Stories of 2013 With HuffPost Gay Voices Editor Noah Michelson (AUDIO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

No topic was off-limits, including Duck Dynasty, Robin Roberts, Ricky Martin, the Winter Olympics, Russia, HIV stigma, Jason Collins, coming out, the glass closet, marriage equality and much more!

Local Faith Leaders Can End the AIDS Crisis

David Barstow | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
David Barstow

In 2011, about 1.7 million people died from AIDS-related diseases, but 2.5 million people became infected by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, a net increase of 800,000 people living with HIV.

Outdated Laws Preserve HIV Stigma

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

Our nation and our science have come a long way since HIV/AIDS began mysteriously claiming lives in the United States. Unfortunately, many of our laws haven't kept up.

The Needle Prick Docu-Series Trailer

Tyler Curry | Posted 02.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

What would happen if we all started talking honestly and openly about what HIV means without judgment or pretense?

The 2013 POZ 100: Celebrating Unsung Heroes

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

The HIV/AIDS community has many heroes. Our best-known heroes range from celebrities and activists to politicians and researchers. But I believe that the overwhelming majority of our heroes are in our midst. The people on this year's list may not consider themselves heroes, but we do.

Putting HIV in Its Place (Part 2)

Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D.

If you are HIV-positive, I suggest that you embrace it with all its challenges and take a chance on disclosure. The pent-up stress released by living, having a smile on your face and moving forward is worth no longer hiding -- and it can't hurt your T cell count.

Putting HIV in Its Place (Part 1)

Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D.

I call disclosure of my HIV status "coming out with none of the benefits." However, I found that putting HIV in its proper place in my life enabled me to move forward and was incredibly empowering. But I am not saying it was, or is, easy.

Rejecting the 'Poz' Label

Tyler Curry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

I am a mandatory member of the "poz" club, but it would be impossible for me to accurately represent or even speak to every "poz" man out there. I never intended to. One's HIV status tells about as much about that person's character and disposition as the state where they were born.

HIV Criminalization and Stigma

Ace Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ace Robinson

We must base prevention and treatment efforts in sustainable endeavors that encourage education about, prevention, and treatment of HIV. Criminalizing those infected by HIV is not one of them. Enough is enough.

Why Aren't You Out About Your HIV-Positive Status?

Mark S. King | Posted 12.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

I know that for some people, staying private about their HIV status is a matter of personal safety. But I believe a lot more people could be open about it, and their only reason for not doing so is fear. That's a powerful emotion, but fear doesn't excuse us for standing by as others are stigmatized.

Positive or Negative, We Should All Aim to Be Equal (PHOTOS)

David Duran | Posted 12.15.2013 | Gay Voices
David Duran

HIV Equal is a new national photo campaign, supported by the World Health Clinicians, aimed at ending HIV stigma and promoting HIV testing by creating a social art movement that changes the way people think about HIV and gets the public talking about HIV once again.

Coming Out Against HIV Stigma

Alex Garner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Alex Garner

To come out about one's HIV status can be a risky prospect. We live in a world of stigma and intolerance, and all too often, coming out is met with anger, castigation and possibly even violence. But people still come out. That's what we do. We come out.

Lessons From Pea Ridge: 5 Ways Parents Can Help Update HIV Education in the United States

Jodie Howerton | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Jodie Howerton

As the mother of an HIV positive school-age son who is working on updating HIV/AIDS educational resources in public school classrooms, I was very disheartened to learn that the devastating stigma still associated with HIV reared its ugly head in a public school in Arkansas last week.