HIV/AID's

A Disappointing Set Back in the Battle for Sex Education

Suzi Price | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Politics
Suzi Price

The Minister says in the letter she will 'carefully consider' updating the official guidance on SRE that was published 15 years ago. But even they can make this meet the needs of LGBT young people, not all schools have to use it.

Angel

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

On 28 August 2014 I sponsored a puppy called Angel. Angel is a gorgeous golden retriever. She is yellow, furry and confident. Angel is being trained as a guide dog. I'm sent regular "pupdates" by the Guide Dogs, a charity which does important and massively empowering work.

HIV - A Killer in Cats Too?

Vicki Larkham-Jones | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Larkham-Jones

Following World Aids Day yesterday there's been a lot of awareness and media coverage about the disease and the virus that causes it (HIV), but you may not be so familiar with a similar virus called FIV. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is the deadly feline version of HIV and can lead to the breakdown of a cat's immune system. The disease has no cure but can be easily prevented.

World AIDS Day - Beyond the Headlines, Listening to Women's Voices

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

HIV doesn't often make the headlines, which is part of the reason why World AIDS Day is a big deal for advocates - the one day a year that the media i...

Women Open Up On The Stigma They Face Living With HIV

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

More than 100 women have revealed what it's like to live with HIV to raise awareness of the huge stigma surrounding the illness. They hope to make ...

This World AIDS Day, We're Calling for the NHS to Supply Drugs That Could Thousands of Lives

Norman Lamb | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

While making PrEP available is ultimately a decision for NHS England, rather than for politicians, I hope they will take steps to make PrEP available to people considered to be at high risk of catching the virus, without further delay. This could have an enormous impact on the lives of countless numbers of people in high-risk groups and be a vast improvement on our current approach, which wastes NHS resources and has let down far too many people.

HIV Treatment May Have Advanced, Our Knowledge Still Lags Behind

Liam Beattie | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Liam Beattie

We are fortunate that for the most part, World AIDS Day is no longer about life or death but it is about realising our next challenge. A challenge that utilises education to both inform wider society people about the virus but also to empower people to make informed choices about sex so we can end future transmissions of HIV, forever.

It's 2015 And These Are The Names People With HIV Are Being Called

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK

Today is World AIDS Day 2015, yet the names people are called who carry the HIV virus shows that there is still stigma attached to the condition. ...

What to Do If You Are Diagnosed With HIV

Will Pike | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Will Pike

With World Aids Day fast approaching, it seems that the word HIV is on everyone's lips. The truth is, an HIV diagnosis is life-changing, and can trigger deep held fears about belonging, mortality and health, leading to depression, anxiety, and a loss of aspiration and self-care.

From Victim to Visionary: the story of Celestine

Payal Dalal | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

Celestine dreams of a world without stigma where people living with HIV are treated equally and fairly. She wishes for a place where education replaces ignorance, and empathy overcomes fear. On this World AIDS day, let us celebrate Celestine's journey, perseverance and dedication. And let's hope, one day, we can achieve her vision for a kinder, better world.

Healing the Stigma of HIV Starts With Us, the Diagnosed Ourselves

Will Pike | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK
Will Pike

Despite the huge evolution of treatments, there still exits a big stigma surrounding the condition, not least in the diagnosed themselves. But as Charlie Sheen's recent disclosure shows us, only when we find acceptance of our own condition can the world begin to fully heal its perception.

I Am Charlie

Gus Cairns | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Gus Cairns

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 from the shame of it. I really hope Charlie's self-outing as HIV positive does mark his final emergence from whatever swamp of chaos he's been floundering in this last five years.

Sheen To Reportedly Disclose HIV Diagnosis

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Entertainment

Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen is reportedly to disclose he is HIV Positive, according to TMZ. The website revealed the news on Monday after US program...

No One 'Deserves' HIV

Gus Cairns | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Gus Cairns

The issue us that no-one that catches such a still potentially lethal sexually transmitted infection should be paraded before us for public disapproval, because all you do is perpetuate the message that HIV infection is something to be ashamed of. Something deserved. It's not.

The Sun's Coverage Of A-List Actor's HIV Status Is Reminiscent Of The 1980s

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK

The Sun newspaper has been criticised for stigmatising HIV after speculating on the status of a "superstar" Hollywood actor on its front page on Wedne...

I Can't Wait...

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK
Philip Christopher Baldwin

On 4 November the gorgeous and glamorous will gather for the Terrence Higgins Trust's annual Supper Club. Hosts will hold dinners, with an after party...

Let's Not Hide

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Philip Christopher Baldwin

"As a young, gay activist, living with HIV, I am proud to be a member of the Conservative Party. This is a progressive party which is helping people l...

'Suffering The Silence' Photo Project Raises Awareness Of Invisible Chronic Illnesses

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When the symptoms of an illness are hidden from view, the true plight of sufferers can often be forgotten by others. A photo project titled Sufferi...

Cyprus Hotel 'Burned Bedsheets Of HIV-Positive British Tourist'

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK

A man has reportedly been kicked out of his Cyprus hotel after the management were tipped off that he was HIV-positive by a medical centre. The u...

How One TV Drama Series Is Fighting the HIV Aids Taboo

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

MTV Shuga is a sizzling sex and relationships drama and multimedia campaign for young audiences, which aims to raise awareness of HIV and Aids globally, and this fortnight I attended the premiere of season 4 of this ground breaking TV brand.

Man With HIV Has Sassiest Response To Guy Who Rejected Him On Grindr

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When Tom Knight told a man he was talking to on Grindr that he is HIV-positive, the gent in question said he "wasn’t ready for that kind of complica...

The 'Multiplier Effect' - Mentoring the Next Generation of Youth Advocates

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

"Our advocates are so vibrant and vocal, but we know they won't always be there and so mentoring should always be a process, a chain, where one person...

What Has the Chancellor Got Against Sexual Health?

Yusef Azad | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Yusef Azad

On the election of the Conservative Government in 2015 the Chancellor announced plans for further cuts to public expenditure. Yes, there would be cuts of £200million to the Department of Health budget but he assured us these cuts were to 'non-NHS spending'.

Prevention Not Cure? Taking Pride in HIV Care

Rae Duke | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Rae Duke

Now dubbed the 'miracle' HIV pill, PrEP poses some provocative questions for the UK. Does this medicine represent sheer liberation for MSM

Stop Sentencing Us to Fear

Gus Cairns | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Gus Cairns

We can achieve it by testing, so as to minimise the number of guys who don't think they have HIV, but do. We can achieve it by maximising viral suppression and getting as many HIV+ guys on treatment as possible. We can achieve it by using PrEP, not just because it works, but also to take the anxiety and rabbit-in-headlights paralysis out of gay dating.