Articles tagged with: homophobia

Looking for PrEP, part three

published: August, 29, 2016 Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

So how does one get PrEP anyway? As Alex Aviance tells us, there are a number of pretty large hurdles to clear.

Looking for PrEP, part three

As much as it’s touted as an effective prevention strategy, actually getting your hands on that expensive, blue pill is a giant pain. I first heard about PrEP years ago while the first trials of it’s use as a preventative measure were underway. I had always considered taking it, but it seemed prohibitively expensive and was I even ready to divulge the most intimate details of my sex life in order to get it? In 2016 it’s no longer relegated to the pages of obscure medical journals. PrEP

Homophobia and PrEP in the UK

published: August, 09, 2016 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, International , Legal, Treatment, Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Homophobia and HIV stigma run high in the UK, with the Daily Mail leading the charge, as Megan Deputter relates.

Homophobia and PrEP in the UK

The Daily Mail has published some rubbish in its time, but yesterday’s news takes the cake. One of the first things I did since starting my new role as Training Manager at Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland is develop an HIV Awareness training course. In my introduction to the topic, I provide an overview to where we are with HIV today. In a nutshell, I explain, we have grown immensely in our ability to understand, prevent and treat HIV. But stigma is stubborn. Stigma has been with us since th

Megan returns to and says "It’s good to be back"

published: August, 01, 2016 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Activism, Sexual Health, Health, International , Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

After a long time away, Megan DePutter is back and despite the many changes that have happened, it's a welcome return.

Megan returns to and says

The fact that I’m writing this at 10:00 at night speaks volumes. Because when a job is just a job, you switch it off at the end of the day, go home and forget about it. But my work in HIV isn’t just a job. It’s much, much more than that. And I am so thankful I found my way back here. My last blog post at was shortly after I moved from Guelph, Canada, to Glasgow, Scotland. I wrote my last post sitting at a cafe in the West End of Glasgow, not really sure where this mov

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

My homophobic past

published: April, 16, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow and scared straight – a view of homophobia from the closet he once inhabited.

My homophobic past

I have been on the receiving end of it many times from strangers and even family members, but there was a time I embraced it. I practiced homophobia as a means of hiding who and what I was. Homophobia (From Wikipedia) Coined by George Weinberg, a psychologist, in the 1960s, the term homophobia is a blend of the word homosexual, itself a mix of neo-classical morphemes, and phobia from the Greek φόβος, Phóbos, meaning "fear" or "morbid fear". Weinberg is credited as the first person to

We’re not equal

published: November, 10, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

An opinion piece from FS magazine on the impact that homophobia has had on gay men’s sexual health

We’re not equal

This article, The Last Word with Matthew Hodson @Matthew_Hodson, previously appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  Earlier this year gay men and lesbians were granted the right (in the  UK) to marry. This was the last major piece in a broad legislative jigsaw, which started with partial decriminalisation in 1967, gained velocity under the 1997 Labour Government, who equalised the age of consent and repealed Section 28, with the finishing touches being added by the current co

All in the family

published: November, 10, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

How Editor Bob Leahy gently countered an outbreak of homophobia in the small rural community in which he lives

All in the family

Some people know, some don’t, that while I used to live in downtown Toronto, I have lived for the past seventeen years outside a little farming community called Warkworth, Ontario (pop. 700., about 100 miles east of Toronto.  I also write for Warkworth Words. The post which follows which first appeared there has attracted a lot of positive feedback locally so I thought I’d repost it here. The affirmation of non-traditional family values is hardly a new concept for reade

Side by Side, part nine

published: March, 04, 2014 Categories // Activism, Movies, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Travel, International , Living with HIV

In the concluding episode of this series, Ed Wolf leaves Russia shaken by the experience of attending a problem-beset LGBT film festival in a country known for its repression of the LGBT community

Part Nine: Thanksgiving  Thursday, November 28th, 2013 There’s a small group of us left, standing in the freezing night air. The security guards head up the street and disappear. I couldn’t tell if they were relieved that the screening wasn’t interrupted or just happy to be headed home. It continues to be a powerful and humbling experience not to speak the language, constantly having to depend on my own ability to discern what is happening, understand the nuance in so many interaction

Side by Side, part eight

published: February, 25, 2014 Categories // Activism, Movies, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV

Ed Wolf recounts the day of the screening in St Petersburg, Russia of the AIDS documentary We Were Here for an LGBT film festival that has so far been beset by bomb scares and fear of violence.

Part Eight: We Were Here  Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 Today is the 35th anniversary of Harvey Milk’s assassination. I hadn’t realized that my last day in Russia and the screening of “We Were Here,” would coincide with this sad date. I go down for breakfast but the pancakes with cream cheese and the croissants taste different today. I drink the strong coffee and go back upstairs I’m worried about tonight. Every Side by Side screening this week has been disrupted by bomb threats

Side by Side, part six

published: February, 11, 2014 Categories // Festivals, Movies, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, International

Ed Wolf at the LGBT film festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Things are not going smoothly as a screening is interrupted by a bomb scare.

Part Six: Angels Welcome  Monday, November 25th My hotel room is my safe space. When I close the curtains and write to you, I feel lighter. The terrible situation here can weigh you down; I can see it in the eyes of the people I’m with each day. I went to a supermarket down the street and bought a lot of cookies and I munch on them while I type; there are crumbs everywhere. The room is very warm, the air dry and I have the occasional nosebleed, sometimes a sneezing fit. Earlier I sneezed

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