HIV+

LGBT Bullying: 'That's So Gay!'

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

"Gay" was frequently used pejoratively as an insult, to describe anything unpleasant and phrases such as "that's so gay" were bandied about to describe anything perceived as negative, from a flamboyant shirt to the weather. As a teenager I was undermined and left with feelings of inadequacy. A

When Making It to 40 Is a Privilege

Adebisi Alimi | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Adebisi Alimi

We are kicking our kids out; we are turning our backs on them and rejecting the builders of the future mainly because we could not understand their sexual orientation or gender identity. Homelessness creates a state of vulnerability for these young people and makes them easy prey for malicious adults.

Testing, Testing, Testing - Are We Doing Enough to Tackle HIV in the UK?

Allan Anderson | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Allan Anderson

If we are serious about tackling HIV we need to prevent, we need to test, we need to treat and we need to care. This requires the input of our communities, political will, co-operation and the resources to make it happen.

22,000 People Need To Be Tested For HIV After Dentist Breached Infection Control

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The health of thousands of patients across the UK is at risk after a blood-borne virus, potentially containing HIV, might have infected them. NHS E...

Positive Damage: HIV and the City

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

Overwhelmed by emotions, I hid in an adjacent office. I broke down, my sadness manifesting itself in floods of tears. I was frightened in case anyone walked in and found me crying, potentially resulting in the discovery of my illness. The next week, preceding my initial appointment at the HIV clinic, was one of fear and, to a limited degree, suspense...

Could This HIV Drug Be The Biggest Breakthrough In A Generation?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A new drug, which could reduce the risk of contracting HIV by up to 90%, might soon be available on the NHS. The PrEP pill has been hailed as one o...

HIV Diagnoses Among Young Gay Men: We Need to Act

Simon Blake | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Blake

I will keep saying it until I'm blue in the face: new HIV Infections have almost doubled amongst 15-24 year olds. I read my briefing over breakfast this morning and I cannot quite describe the feeling in my stomach. How can we, how can I allow this to happen, and how did these data slip out and go largely unreported this week?

HIV Policy and Stigma: Why Nigel Farage Should Read Randy Shilts

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Steve Taylor

It's very simple: ignorance perpetuates stigma and stigma kills. In making the latest in a long series of ill-informed pronouncements, Nigel Farage seems to hark back to a dark period of history which we are all much better off leaving behind.

Keep HIV+ Migrants Out Of UK, Says Farage

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has been slammed by a leading charity after suggesting that migrants with HIV should be prevented from entering the UK. Fa...

Two Police Officers Bitten By HIV Positive Man Face Agonizing Wait

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK

Two police officers are receiving medical treatment after being punched, scratched and bitten by a man with HIV. They were on patrol in Norfolk Str...

Continuing the Fight Against Infectious Diseases

Sharon Lewin | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK
Sharon Lewin

The current Ebola outbreak sweeping across West Africa is a steep escalation from the smaller eruptions that used to characterise this virus. Ancient diseases such as this one are adept at taking advantage of our increased global mobility to spread themselves.

Why Privatisation Is Killing the NHS

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Steve Taylor

The public need to know that our NHS is being privatised, not through the back door, but very blatantly through the front. There may as well be very large advertising placards directed at potential providers, promising in twelve-foot type: "If you can do it cheaper - it's yours." I've seen the effects that privatisation can have in other areas of the country - in Milton Keynes, Trafford, Teeside and Leicester. I also know that other colleagues all over the country are currently going through the same nightmare. In fact, it is likely that all of our NHS sexual health services will be put out to tender in the next few years. It is really rather desperate.

Students Sue University After Botched Blood Tests Put Them At Risk Of HIV

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Preskey | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students are suing their university for re-using syringe components during their blood tests and vaccinations, putting them at risk of contracting hep...

Condoms Only Work If You're Sober

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Kleinhans

Up until the age of 40 (2002) I was a responsible gay man. I ensured that I used protection every time I had a casual sexual encounter. I was not in a committed relationship at that stage, so it was not even an option for me to bareback with someone. I found that exceptionally scary at the time, as I was aware of how easy it was to contract STDs, especially HIV.

HIV Has Become the Latest Victim of War

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Kleinhans

Being HIV positive, it is all these people that have saved my life and to think that they had to sacrifice their lives for this futile feud going on that is merely about fuelling high powered leaders ego's, is sickening.

HIV Tests - No Longer So Testing

Paul Marshall | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK
Paul Marshall

In the quest to normalise HIV, every little helps. Is this why Tesco, which makes such great play of those three little words in its advertising and marketing, is now offering tests at its central Slough store? They started on Monday May 19 for a six week period.

MEP Candidate Slams World Aids Day For 'Spreading The Disease'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK

An MEP candidate who complained there are "too many gay people" in positions of power, and criticised World Aids Day for "spreading the disease" has b...

600 University Students At Risk Of HIV And Hepatitis After NHS Blunder

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

More than 600 students are facing an agonising wait to find out if they have been infected with HIV, hepatitis C or hepatitis B after a healthcare wor...

Emotional Tank

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Kleinhans

Within 2 years I had gravitated to one of the hardest drugs known, crack cocaine, and nearly lost everything I had worked so very hard for including my family and long lasting friendships. In this time I also contracted HIV.

Is There a Healthier, Healing Way to See Ourselves?

Tony Lobl | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

To many - like myself - mentally challenging this stigma is at the heart of prayer, because if we successfully silence the voice of this self-stigmatisation we're left with nothing but the awareness of being a son or daughter of the divine, as Jesus showed us all to be.

The Reality Behind the Greek 'Success Story'

Julie Tomlin | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Julie Tomlin

During over four years of economic crisis, many Greek people seem to have developed a keen sense of farce...

Dangerouser Sex

Gus Cairns | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gus Cairns

To those less acqainted with the workings of HIV, and more surprised by the news, you'd think this would be cause for celebration. In the gay community, however, the news was received by many with disbelief ("This is bullshit science" said one) or downright fear

The UK Porn Industry Gets Nasty

Gail Dines | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK
Gail Dines

Here is what Stop Porn Culture has to say to porn performers: Don't come to our conference to protest, come to organize with us against an industry that treats you as a commodity, when they can make a profit off of you, and then as a liability if you speak out about the harms done to you physically and emotionally.

Scientists Hope To Cure 60 Babies With HIV In Three Months

Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Tech

Scientists have announced an ambitious goal to 'cure' 60 young children born with HIV. A team in Boston announced that the first baby born with the...

New Contraceptive For Women Protects Against HIV As Well As Unwanted Pregnancies

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A new contraceptive designed especially for women will protect not only against pregnancies, but also HIV. Scientists have created the device, whic...