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Hiv Stigma

Media-Driven Stigma Continues With New HIV Criminalization Case

Suraj Madoori | Posted 11.10.2014 | Chicago
Suraj Madoori

Despite the immense progress made in the battle to destigmatize HIV and end HIV criminalization laws, the mainstream media is failing to catch up and join the fight. In some cases, the media's coverage of HIV criminalization becomes the source of stigma.

In Our Fight Against HIV, LGB is Not Enough ... We Must Include the "T"

Jason Cianciotto | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Cianciotto

Advocacy for the health and safety of LGBT communities can't just be about adding the "T" at the end of our priorities. The needs and experiences of transgender people must be at the forefront of our agenda.

Context and the Blue Pill of Prevention

Joseph Lunievicz | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Joseph Lunievicz

Stories offering a white, affluent, gay, male-centric perspective have hit the street running. The term 'Truvada whore' is already an early soundbite from mainstream media. But don't be fooled. The first voices may be the loudest, but they are not the most important.

Come Out Against Stigma, Live Out Proud

Paul Kawata | Posted 09.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Paul Kawata

Come out against the stigma facing everyone who is LGBT and living with HIV.

HIV, Aging and LGBT people: A Metamorphosis

Robert Espinoza | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Espinoza

On April 3, 2008, my longtime friend Don (last name withheld) tested positive for HIV, the same day as his mother's 56th birthday. He remembers the da...

Don't Call It a Comeback: The Resurgence of HIV Among Young Gay Men

Tyler Curry | Posted 11.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

When same-sex marriage became the singular virtual focus of the gay community, HIV virus received the break it needed to stage a comeback among gay and bisexual youth who were too busy fighting in courtrooms to worry about the bedroom.

Using Sex to Sell HIV Prevention

Tyler Curry | Posted 10.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

The idea is that using healthy, sexual images in HIV messaging will dilute the fear of contracting the virus and further increase the risk of infection for my peers and the younger gay men on the up and up. On its face, this argument makes sense. But make no mistake: It is completely and fundamentally flawed.

PrEP'd and Ready

Michael LaMasa | Posted 10.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael LaMasa

PrEP has magnificent potential to prevent infection. It has the potential to provide many with a chance at a more comfortable life, but I would encourage the gay population to be responsible and remember that none of us are invincible, no matter what powers we think we possess.

AIDS 2014: A Week of Heartbreak, Hope, and Renewed Commitment

Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D. | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

A number of critical gaps remain. For one, as the UNAIDS Gap report highlights, an estimated 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS globally do not know their HIV-positive status.

African-American Sisters Aging With HIV and Co-Morbidities

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.30.2014 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Imani* was 32 when she contracted HIV. Having watched many of her sister-friends die as a result of the virus, Imani did not expect to reach middle ag...

It's Not Just About the Meds

Benjamin Bashein | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Benjamin Bashein

The HIV epidemic, no matter how close it comes to becoming a medicalized, chronic and manageable illness through the intervention of science will never come to an end unless these parallel social diseases are also defeated.

Stigma and Discrimination Are Killing Gay Men -- News From the International AIDS Conference

Linda_Villarosa | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Linda_Villarosa

What is the effect of the new, repressive anti-LGBT laws around the world? "We have evidence to show that the law is killing people."

World Health Organization Recommends PrEP: Prevention or Perpetuating Stereotypes?

Jaga N.A. Argentum | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Jaga N.A. Argentum

Anyone who engages in risky sexual behavior should take extra precautions, be it through PrEP or otherwise. While I'm certain that the WHO acknowledges this, their message nevertheless helps perpetuate the falsehood of HIV being a "gay disease."

What Not to Do If You Are Dating and HIV-Positive

Tyler Curry | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

There is one surefire way of turning every future love scenario into a bloodbath, no matter how much of a match the two of you may be, and that is being HIV-positive and desperate for a date.

The Results: What If I Test Positive+ for HIV?

Verneda White | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Verneda White

On this National HIV Testing Day #NHTD I share my recent experience not to excuse my decision making, but to encourage others who may find themselves in a similar situation to take action.

Why HIV Is Spreading In The Poorest Areas Of Washington, D.C.

OWN | Posted 06.26.2014 | OWN

Daphnie is a 56-year-old woman in Washington, D.C. who has been living with HIV for nearly two decades. In the district's poorest wards, HIV infection...

Life Can Be Different: Saving the Next Generation in Zimbabwe

Tyler Curry | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Tyler Curry

While driving back from Neshaya Secondary School in Makwa, Zimbabwe, I sat, staring out into the African sky at the rural homesteads that were loosely arranged throughout the land, built from logs, mud and thatch.

Fingers to Ashes: The Millennial Disconnect with HIV

Tyler Curry | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

While the level of danger has waned over the past three decades, the threat of HIV still remains. Unlike the generations first affected by the virus, the millennial age is now armed a wealth of information and a variety of prevention tools to change the course of HIV for good.

President Of The Black AIDS Institute: Gay Men In New York Did Not And Do Not Matter

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices

The recent release of the much-anticipated film "The Normal Heart," which follows a gay activist trying to raise awareness in the early years of the A...

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 06.03.2014 | 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 05.24.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 04.30.2014 | 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.