HIV/AID's

Left Behind: Why the Global HIV Response Is Failing People Who Use Drugs

Rick Lines | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Rick Lines

This admirable pledge, which comes with a promise to 'leave no-one behind', will remain no more than a slogan. People who use drugs are being left behind and only a major injection of political courage, backed up by a redirection of the necessary resources away from drug control and into harm reduction, will change this.

It's Time for a New Generation of Leaders to Step Forward in the Fight Against AIDS

Prince Harry | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Prince Harry

What I have seen in the last few days in Lesotho gives me huge confidence that we will rise to this challenge. Seeing young people who have so little, yet who work so hard to support their friends and educate their families about HIV, continues to inspire all of us at Sentebale. They are why I care so much about this fight. I hope that their stories of courage, and not just the huge problems they face, can inspire all of you as well. What I believe is that we cannot beat HIV without giving young people in every country the voice they deserve. Without education and without empowerment, HIV will win.

Funding Cuts for HIV Support Services: Severing a Vital Lifeline

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

HIV support services are a vital resource for people living with HIV. Research around the world has demonstrated the positive impact these services have on people's health and wellbeing. Despite this, funding for HIV support is rapidly being cut.

Why We Should Pay for the Pill to Stop You Getting HIV

Gus Cairns | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK
Gus Cairns

Too many members of the gay community, with our hard-won marriages, our adopted kids, our newfound respectability, regard the guys who haven't yet got there as traitors. Letting down the side. Tainting the gay brand. Doing what the homophobes accuse us of. Let's not be Pharisees. Let's welcome our gay brothers into the fold and protect them from what is still the most serious consequence of sexual risk. Let us save them from HIV. Let us offer them PrEP.

HIV and Drought Are Having a Devastating Impact on Children's Lives

David Beckham | Posted 11.06.2016 | UK
David Beckham

I met Sebenele, a bright 14 year-old boy with a big smile, this week during a visit to Swaziland to see how my fund is helping UNICEF to support and protect children living with HIV. Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV infection in the world. Twenty-four per cent of children here have lost one or both parents to AIDS and many are themselves now living with HIV. I thought about my own children and how in many ways the things Sebenele enjoys are the same things they do. Yet he told me how he is struggling to continue to take his antiretroviral medicine, which is vital to ensure he stays healthy, because he can't keep the pills down without any food.

High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS - Where's the UK?

Diane Abbott | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

At the last High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in 2011, the coalition government sent a delegation led by Minister Stephan O'Brien. But sadly, this time round, no minister from the UK Government will attend. In addition, the Department for International Development (DFID), the lead department for this UN meeting, is not planning to send a senior member of staff either. In the context of a meeting that is expected to be well attended by ministers and even presidents from some countries, this sends a bad message about the importance the UK places on a successful High Level Meeting.

End AIDS by 2030? Not Without Harm Reduction

Dainius Puras | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Dainius Puras

Next month the General Assembly has another opportunity to right this wrong when they meet to specifically address the global response to HIV. And we urge them to take action.

Our Day Of Reckoning In The Fight Against HIV

Ian Green | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Ian Green

There is a pill that can prevent HIV. I'm not referring to something that could potentially change the lives of future generations, one day, after decades of further research. This 'miracle drug' is real, it's ready now, and it is called Pre Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP.

Criminalizing Men Who Have Sex With Men Boosts AIDS: A Lesson From Sri Lanka

Jonathan Cooper | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK
Jonathan Cooper

Over the past three months, 70 new cases of HIV have been reported in Sri Lanka, representing an increase from this time last year. The National STD /...

Human Rights Must Take Precedent Over Intellectual Property Rights

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

As duty bearers of human rights, it is the responsibility of states to ensure that their citizens are able to realise their rights. The High Level Panel's recommendations are set to come out in June and will be addressed to heads of state. It is yet to be known whether these recommendations will have an accountability mechanism attached to them so it may well fall to civil society to hold governments to account.

The History of Barcelona Street Art

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Gia Marie Barbera

After Francisco Franco's death on 20 November 1975 a new sense of freedom was born in Barcelona. Artists came to Barcelona from all over the world, st...

Women and HIV

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK
Philip Christopher Baldwin

Stigma underpins the violence women living with HIV face. HIV and the stigma associated with it can destroy confidence and erode lives. Stigma operates in a number of ways. Women are often the first to be tested for HIV in a family.

Stop HIV Cuts: Campaign to Retain Vital Services

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

In David Cameron's back yard, Oxfordshire County Council has cut Terrence Higgins Trust's £50,000 funding, which is forcing the closure of its local centre. The reality is that there are will be no HIV Prevention and Support service in the whole county after April 2016, with almost 500 people left with no alternative support service.

NHS England Decision on PrEP: A Bitter Pill for Women to Swallow

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

What role should preventative medicine play in our health system? As the NHS is fragmented and funding for healthcare is cut, are we prioritising funding for treatment, over prevention? Or, is effective, and cost-effective prevention still worth prioritising?

Being in Crisis Changed My Life

Sophie Dishman | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Dishman

The panic started. What if? Have I? I want to point out at this point that I am not a judgemental person and am not stigmatising people who have HIV. It was my bodies reaction to hearing it said and reading about it - that was the judgemental thing.

Making Big Differences for Women With HIV in Tanzania

Anthony Lunch | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Anthony Lunch

I think this is an impressive story and Hilda an inspirational woman. It is a reminder of why our programme is so powerful: how else could one help a widow and her four dependents to create a sustainable livelihood with such modest investment?

Where is PrEP?

Gus Cairns | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Gus Cairns

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...

Is Time Running Out for HIV Prevention Game Changer PrEP?

Ian Green | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK
Ian Green

The HIV sector is currently waiting on the announcement of the public consultation on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV prevention in the UK - w...

Thatcher, AIDS and Hopelessness: Growing Up Gay in The 1980s and 90s

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

I don't sit around feeling sorry for myself as a result of my experiences of growing up gay in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Indeed, there were other factors in my childhood, entirely unrelated to my sexuality, that exerted negative forces on that period of my life.

Save Our HIV Support Services

Ian Green | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Ian Green

By cutting public health budgets in-year by £200 million, the government has put enormous pressure on local authorities to make significant savings. Worryingly these savings are surfacing as cuts to services for people living with and at risk of HIV, leaving the more than 103,000 people in the UK living with a long team health condition with reduced local support facilities.

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 ...