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Safe Spaces Are Not About Political Correctness - They're About Dealing With People Who Tell You What to Think

(1) Comments | Posted 5 May 2016 | (15:55)

So John Cleese has just issued a video reiterating probably the most common reaction decent, liberal people have when faced with the phenomenon of student unions and other groups banning certain speakers on the grounds of preserving their 'safe space'.

Like probably the majority of good, well-intentioned, left-leaning people,...

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Where is PrEP?

(0) Comments | Posted 17 March 2016 | (23:33)

Some of you in the HIV field may have read this. And if you haven't, read and sign.

It's a letter to the Chief Executive of NHS England demanding to know, in my words not theirs, what the bloody hell is happening about approving pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for...

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I Am Charlie

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2015 | (11:43)

In the 30 years I've had HIV, I never expected to feel sorry, tender even, for a Hollywood actor, let alone Charlie Sheen: wanting to give this hot man-mess a hug, clap him on the back, spur him on to sober up and start living with HIV rather than dying...

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No One 'Deserves' HIV

(0) Comments | Posted 11 November 2015 | (16:55)

So everyone is frothing about The Sun's front page about the Hollywood actor with HIV.

Personally, as someone who has lived with HIV for 30 years, I wish he'd just say "Yup, I got HIV because I took some risks, but I'm on the meds now and not...

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Camila Batmanghelidjh May Have Been Incompetent - But She Wasn't Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted 6 August 2015 | (15:01)

Years before I got involved in working with HIV, and just before I got sick with AIDS myself, I spent several years working at the Central London Teenage Project*.

This, run by the Children's Society, was the first-ever Safe House in the UK for teenage runaways aged from...

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Stop Sentencing Us to Fear

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (17:39)

The gay and HIV positive campaigner and writer Tyler Curry has recently put a column in The Advocate, the US's oldest, biggest and most influential LGBT publication, that has sparked a furious reaction. It's called "6 Life Sentences That Come With HIV".

A great title, and certainly passes...

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(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2014 | (20:00)

Sometimes I wish I could stop reflexively replying to the comment columns in Blogs about PrEP. Then I read one and feel I have to reply.

Anyway, this is my response to the comments here, on the Towleroad gay blog. Which of course is a re-posting of

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D-day for the Pill for HIV

(2) Comments | Posted 4 November 2014 | (18:32)

Two studies mark a turning point in HIV prevention

The media coverage of the unexpectedly early success of two trials of pre-exposure prophylaxis - PrEP - has generally been positive, sometimes overly so ("NHS to offer tablet which can reduce HIV risk by 90%" said The Independent -...

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Killing With Kindness - How HIV Denialism Murders Women

(1) Comments | Posted 24 April 2014 | (18:03)

Today, Friday 25 April, on the 30th anniversary of the isolation of HIV, the School of Oriental and African Studies is screening a film by a German director that denies HIV is the cause of AIDS and that, instead, HIV treatments probably are.

They shouldn't show it.

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Dangerouser Sex

(3) Comments | Posted 13 March 2014 | (23:44)

The PARTNER study doesn't just tell us that HIV-positive gay guys on treatment are pretty safe. It tells us that they're safer than a lot of 'HIV negative' guys.

The big news at last week's HIV conference in Boston was a thing that didn't...

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Anti-Gay Laws Imperil Their Countries' Health, Too

(1) Comments | Posted 26 February 2014 | (15:31)

The anti-gay laws enacted in Uganda and Nigeria recently aren't just cruel: they also pretty much guarantee a renewed upsurge of HIV in the population. That's why here at Aidsmap we and the European AIDS Treatment Group have created a statement of basic principles...

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HIV at 30 - The Unfinished War

(7) Comments | Posted 30 November 2011 | (23:00)

I can't quite claim a full three decades with HIV. It was in 1984 that I turned up at a clinic with a crop of throat ulcers so impressive the doctor had a photo taken. In retrospect, they were my first HIV symptom. I tested positive a year later.


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