HIV/AID's

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.

A Frightening Warning Of A Fresh HIV Epidemic In The Next Five Years

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK

The HIV epidemic could rebound dramatically resulting in "catastrophic" consequences if countries fail to increase funding and widen access to drugs w...

AIDS And Ebola Cured... By North Korea

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK

The scientific world rejoiced on Friday after news broke that North Korea had discovered a cure for AIDS… and Ebola. The Korea Central News Agenc...

My Advice Is to Get Testing!

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

It was a traumatic experience when I was diagnosed with HIV in January 2010. I had visited Birmingham that morning for a business meeting and rushed back to London. I was in a hurry as I had to return to the office.

Blood Donation - Who Are We Really Discriminating Against?

Yusef Azad | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Yusef Azad

Is the 12 month deferral for gay men reasonable and evidence-based? We suspect it may no longer be so and the rules need to be reviewed to ensure no discrimination is taking place. There are, however, groups excluded by the blood donation rules permanently...

Gay Men and Blood Donation - Are We Focusing on the Wrong Inequality?

Yusef Azad | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
Yusef Azad

It's National Blood Week and this year the call for blood donors is more urgent than ever with the announcement that the number of donors has fallen by 40% over the last 10 years. With such a crisis in donation why is it that there remains a restriction on any man giving blood who has had sex with another man in the previous 12 months? This week sees many calling for an end to such restrictions as unnecessary and discriminatory - as well as counter-productive given the shortage of donors.

All the Things We Could Do, If We Had a Little Money: The Costs of Funding Women's Rights Work (Part Three of Three)

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

Funders and other actors must recognise that women's rights and feminist organisations are essential partners in achieving gender equality, and act to repair the disconnect between focus on women and girls, and funding for the organisations that can make change on women's rights. There is huge potential for transformative change, if only the funds are there to make it happen.

All the Things We Could Do, If We Had a Little Money: The Costs of Funding Women's Rights Work (Part Two of Three)

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

Unable to access larger funds, local, community, and other small organisations, including new and forming organisations rely on smaller funding pots. These are often project-based, and one-off...

A Circus School That Brightens Up the Townships

Aloïs Angebault | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Aloïs Angebault

Yes, inequalities are not a myth and unmovable townships are still facing wealthy residential neighborhoods. But many other things have changed and successful projects have been blooming for a longer time than you may think.

All the Things We Could Do, If We Had a Little Money: The Costs of funding Women's Rights Work - Part One of Three

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

All organisations depend on funding. From major international organisations with multi-million dollar budgets to small community collectives surviving on small change, funds are what keeps things going, allow work to thrive and scale up, and ensure you can make a difference...

Leave No-one Behind in the Post-2015 Health Agenda

Dr Alvaro Bermejo | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Dr Alvaro Bermejo

In just a few months' time, the world will agree on a new set of global development goals which are expected to be more ambitious, more rights-based and more sustainable than the preceding Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Men's Magazine Uses HIV Positive Blood On Cover

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The latest issue of an Austrian men's magazine is printed with ink containing HIV positive blood. The special edition of Vangardist magazine is "de...

HIV Home Test Kit Goes On Sale In The UK

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

For the first time, a legally approved HIV self-testing kit is available to buy in the UK. The BioSURE HIV Self Test will enable people to test t...

"Incredible India, Invest in Communities!"

Dr Alvaro Bermejo | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Dr Alvaro Bermejo

Even last April's landmark Supreme Court ruling which recognised transgender people's right to identify as a third gender has so far delivered little in terms of increasing access to healthcare and specifically HIV prevention, treatment, care, social welfare, equal rights and support services.

Springing Into Action for Medicines

Alex Kent | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Alex Kent

I'm dreading Spring. Forget the season of new beginnings, all I can think of are the looming months of itchy eyes, snot filled tissues and freak sneez...

I Don't Care That You're Gay, HIV Positive and Hep C Positive: I Love You Anyway

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

I came out in stages, taking my time. I rarely felt under pressure to come out from the people around me. I took the initiative in terms of coming out. I wasn't put on the spot, except at school. I felt a pressure from within, to proclaim who I am and to be authentic to myself.

Young Gay Men Are Let Down By the Education System

James Hanson | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Hanson

I strongly believe the education system fails young LGBTI+ people every day. We have won the battle of equal age of consent and equal marriage in the UK, the next fight is to make inclusive SRE compulsory in all schools.

Hands Up For the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Young People: Time to Listen to What Young People Want

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

30 years into the HIV and AIDS epidemic, discrimination continues to be one of the most devastating consequences of an HIV diagnosis, and stands in the way of an effective response.

HIV and Gender-based Violence: What are the Costs of Inaction?

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

Too often, the great promise of campaigns and programmes is lost or undermined when the funding ends and the funders move on, looking for the next innovation. Or a new issue comes along and takes the headlines, and with it donor attention and dollars.

Campaign To Improve Health Support For Men Who Have Sex With Men

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A new action plan has been launched to support the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with other men. Public Health England (PHE) has launche...

Youth participation in the HIV response: Are we setting the table or just on the menu?

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

In the mix of a meeting or conference, there are a few simple questions we should all be asking to determine if there is participation, and how meaningful it is.

The Detriment of Division: The challenge of HIV and AIDS Among Adolescent Girls

Payal Dalal | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

More and more, we are hearing about the convergence of health and education. You can't learn if you are out of school sick. Lack of education leads to poverty and in turn the inability to access healthcare. To lead productive lives, people need both health and education: the two are cause and effect.

Did You Know Dolphins Have Genital Warts?

Mia Rozenbaum | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Rozenbaum

Today is national STI day, and Ladies and Gentlemen, two weeks after the intense partying over New Year, it might be time to think about your sexual health.

'All I Want This Chanukah is A Giant Sack of Bulls**t'

Dan Glass | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK
Dan Glass

Life is beautiful, and so during this festive period, I'm going to be eating, drinking, spending time with loved ones, planning more protests ... and hoping that Santa comes down the chimney with plenty of menorahs and sacks of bulls**t.