Singers like me don't often go to scientific conferences. Science and singing seem as far removed from each other as malaria is from mbaqanga1. But the scientific conference I am attending this week in Durban, South Africa, is no usual gathering of ivory tower academics. It is the malaria community's largest meeting in four years - the 6th MIM Conference (Multilateral Initiative on Malaria malaria).
Johnson & Johnson is partnering with (RED) to raise awareness of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to unlock up to $100,000 for the Global Fund To Fight AIDS. Each like, tweet or pin of this infographic gets us $1 closer to keeping HIV-positive mothers alive and helping to ensure that their children are born healthy and HIV-free.
HIV-positive men aren't victims, vampires, zombies or martyrs. The social and psychological factors surrounding infection are complex, difficult and impossible to simplify into one category. The language we use to isolate one another is just the one element of the shaming that goes on within the gay community.