Articles tagged with: UK

Why is tackling stigma so difficult?

published: July, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Women, International , Legal, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the U. K., the National Aids Trust details the multiple challenges we face in ending stigma.

Why is tackling stigma so difficult?

This article previously appeared on the National AIDS Trust website here. For many in HIV advocacy addressing stigma is the Holy Grail. Many, if not all, of the factors that drive the HIV epidemic are embroiled with stigma.  The impact it has on the lives of people living with HIV is well documented.  In a recent survey of over half of people living with HIV reported feelings of shame, guilt, low self-esteem and self-blame; one in five had experienced verbal harassment or threats.1 Stigma

VII

published: July, 06, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

"I'm still smiling today." From the UK, Alex Sparrowhawk looks back on his first seven years of life with HIV.

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This photo was taken in the summer of 2009, the middle of June and a week after when I believe I was in infected. At the end of that holiday in the south of France I started to feel unwell but it wasn’t until five months later that I would find out what the fever, sweats and cough I endured for the two weeks after I returned to the UK were all about. The past seven years with this condition have had their ups and their downs but I am a stronger and more confident person as a result of th

Gay men report a wide range of behaviours to make sex safer

published: July, 01, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Research, Health, Sexual Health, International

From aidsmap, Roger Pebody reports on how gay men in the UK are reducing risk of HIV transmission - including avoiding sex with poz guys!.

Gay men report a wide range of behaviours to make sex safer

Gay men in the UK employ a wide range of precautionary tactics and behaviors to avoid harms during sex – using condoms is just one of the ways in which men protect themselves and their partners. Avoiding sex with partners of a different HIV status, knowing their current viral load, using lubricant for intercourse and regular testing were all widely cited behaviours.   The data come from the 2014 Gay Men’s Sex Survey, released yesterday. The report also highlights gaps in men’s knowledg

"I drank myself into becoming HIV-positive after being raped”

published: June, 20, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From FS Magazine, guest author Dave G tells how he "turned a negative into a positive" in the aftermath of rape

This article by Dave G is from FS Magazine, a publication of the UK’s GMFA, here.    For this issue of FS we asked 1,200 gay men about their drinking habits. One reader got in touch and asked if he could share his story about drinking his way into becoming HIV-positive after he was raped by his boyfriend. This is Dave’s story... I was diagnosed HIV-positive on 29 July 2015. I admitted I was an alcoholic on 30 July 2015. Both are interlinked. It all started when I was 18-years-old. I

Why can’t we see beyond the latex?

published: June, 20, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK's Alex Sparrowhawk says, "There is a alternative and it works" and makes a case for the National Health Service to comission PrEP

Why can’t we see beyond the latex?

"Condoms are extremely effective at stopping the transmission of a variety of STIs, including HIV – but there are plenty of transferrable infections that condoms offer little or no protection against."  NHS England announced this afternoon that it is maintaining the stance that it has no legal power to commission PrEP. As you would expect outrage from HIV organisations and activists followed but so too did the inevitable slut shaming that has shadowed the PrEP debate from the outset. C

If HIV home testing was available in Canada, how well would it be received?

published: May, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Aidsmap reports” First data on uptake of HIV self-testing in the UK; Several research gaps remain”

If HIV home testing was available in Canada, how well would it be received?

This article by Roger Pebody first appeared oin aidsmap.com here. "Three quarters of sales have been to people living outside the large cities. Half of those purchasing the test say that they have never tested for HIV before." Between April 2015 and February 2016, almost 28,000 people have paid £29.95 for a kit allowing them to test for HIV at home, according to a presentation at the British HIV Association conference in Manchester last week. Marketing on Grindr has been important to drivin

There is a pill…

published: October, 27, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK’s Alex Sparrowhawk says we should be offering people every means of protection against HIV available. But some means, like PrEP, are not available in the UK (nor in Canada, except for the lucky few – says PositiveLite.com. And that’s absurd.)

There is a pill…

Fifteen years ago you couldn’t pay me to eat an olive, savoury, salty evil – a sort of anti-grape, I wasn’t even able to stomach a little black one in the middle of a Margherita. Today I can’t get enough of them, consuming a pot within minutes of peeling back the plastic seal. Tastes change, so do opinions, and sometimes we look back and realise we weren’t always right. It’s more than two years since I first discussed PrEP on this blog and in that time a lot has changed, I’ve le

Racism and the gay scene

published: August, 13, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, International , Lifestyle, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A UK view from FS Magazine: more than two-thirds of the 850 men who responded to an FS survey from the Black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds had personally experienced racism on the gay scene

Racism and the gay scene

This article with words by Stuart Haggas @GetStuart and photography by Chris Jepson: © www.chrisjepson.com @chrisjepson first apperared in FS Magazine here.   IS THE GAY SCENE RACIST? “I actually feel physically sick at the sight of too much black flesh” - white gay man aged 27 from London. Over 850 Black, white, Asian, South Asian, Arab and mixed race gay men shared their thoughts on race and racism with FS. More than two-thirds of the men from the Black, Asian and other minority et

HIV Happy

published: July, 21, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to UK writer Paul Thorn about his new book which explains how a harmonious and happy co-existence with HIV is possible and how to make the most of the second chance that treatment affords you

HIV Happy

"Dealing with issues of low self-esteem or destructive patterns? Paul Thorn’s easy, breezy HIV Happy is just the self-help pick-me-up you need. As it spells out 'Five Pillars of HIV Happy,' this small book could make a big difference in your life." Poz Magazine, New York Bob Leahy: Hi Paul. Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com. I’ve read your book and I like it a lot. It strikes me too that HIV Happy is quite different to anything else out there. What do you think?  Paul Thorn: It

Insurance trends for HIV-positive people

published: May, 22, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Finances, International , Legal, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Research from UK firm “Unusual Risks” says that the majority of people living with HIV take less than four days off work a year but still find it hard to get income protection

Insurance trends for HIV-positive people

This article was first published in Unusual Risks, a UK HIV Life Assurance, HIV Life Insurance and HIV Mortgage blog, here.   Unusual Risks, the medical financial advisers, are today announcing the second part of their survey into the Income Protection and Critical Illness Cover needs of the HIV Community. In a recent study they established that 90% of respondents would consider taking out Income Protection or Critical Illness Cover if it became available in the market place. They are toda

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