World Aids Day

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...

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.

Stop the Stigma: Why This World Aids Day Must Be About Communities as Well as Clinics

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

What do we mean by stigma? What does this word signify? It's one we hear a lot in all sorts of contexts, but what particular impact does it have upon those living with HIV? Why is it such a deterrent when it comes to taking a test?

Britain Must Continue to Be a Global Leader in the Fight to End AIDS

Diane Abbott | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Globally an estimated 37million people were living with HIV at the end of 2014 and AIDS-related deaths are at a global low of 1.2million a year. But we are seeing a rising death toll in the Middle East and North Africa, in Eastern Europe and in Central Asia.

What to Do If You Are Diagnosed With HIV

Will Pike | Posted 27.11.2015 | 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.

Why That Controversial Ukip Tweet Might Not Actually Be Ukip At All

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK

Ukip has hit out at social media users who spread "scurrilous opinions" claiming to be speaking for the party using fake Twitter accounts. Roger He...

World Aids Day on Campus

Jack Fletcher | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is in fact the preceding infection that causes AIDS - in a way the end-point of the disease where the immune system has been so destroyed even a common cold is hard to fight off effectively.

He's Not Gay & Not James Hewitt's Son But We Can Now Tell You Prince Harry's Big Secret...

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK

Prince Harry has come clean with his much-anticipated "big secret" on World AIDS Day. At 1pm on Monday, the 30-year-old revealed...*drumroll*... t...

Twitter Is Trying Really Hard To Guess Prince Harry's Secret

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK

UPDATE: He's Not Gay & Not James Hewitt's Son But We Can Now Tell You Prince Harry's Big Secret... Does Prince Harry have a real secret? The Roy...

World AIDS Day: Cut Gay Blood Ban to Three Months

Peter Tatchell | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
Peter Tatchell

The current ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood within 12 months of them last having sex is medically unjustified discrimination based on sexual orientation. It is premised on a generalisation about men who have sex with men.The government should cut the basic exclusion period to three months, dependent on the risk factors associated with each individual donor. These risk factors include not only HIV but also other sexually-transmitted infections (STIs). Protecting the blood supply is the number one priority but ensuring blood safety does not require a rule that no gay or bisexual man can donate blood for a year since his last same-sex experience.

Prince Harry Is Set To Reveal A Big Secret

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK

UPDATE: He's Not Gay & Not James Hewitt's Son But We Can Now Tell You Prince Harry's Big Secret... Prince Harry is set to reveal one of his secrets...

HIV Testing Saves Lives: But Is HIV Testing the Best Prevention?

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

The awareness-raising we and many others have been doing this week is truly crucial in the fight against HIV: because the stigma that surrounds the infection, and that at least one of our celebrity ambassadors has noticed on social media in this last week, drives a reluctance to test which actively promotes the continued spread of HIV.

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...

The Mandela Legacy: Leadership Can Transform HIV/AIDS

Sharon Lewin | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Sharon Lewin

It's been quite a month and I had planned on beginning this blog with an initial reflection on the recent ICAAP conference in Bangkok but that has been superseded by the passing of Nelson Mandela, a champion of the HIV/AIDS cause.

Independence Is the Longest of Battles: Impressions From South Sudan

Dr Alvaro Bermejo | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Dr Alvaro Bermejo

I approached Juba with trepidation. In the few years since I last came it has become the capital of the world's youngest country and everyone that visits keeps telling me how quickly it is changing.It was also the city chosen by the African Union to commemorate World AIDS Day earlier this month.

The Meaning of World AIDS Day

Allan Anderson | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK
Allan Anderson

Sunday past was World AIDS Day when we should come together to think about those with living with HIV and... well what? That's probably the question we should all be asking.

World AIDS Day: Reflecting on HIV testing

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Kevin Fenton

So where are we on testing? Today we have a range of HIV tests that are able to identify the virus early and accurately, using a range of biological samples, with the results being available immediately or after a brief period.

A Future for Health-Activism

Rupert Whitaker | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Whitaker

In the fray, be aware and protect your biggest assets, which are integrity, transparency, authenticity, courage, cohesion, creativity, an acting on social values, ethical independence, a willingness to learn, and a lack of shame.

We Must Take a Comprehensive Approach to Tackling HIV and Aids

Martin Drewry | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Martin Drewry

More must be done to address the political, social and economic injustices which perpetuate vulnerability to HIV.

Why Anti-Gay Laws Matter on World AIDS Day

Dr Michael Meegan | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Dr Michael Meegan

The tragedy I see in my work is that so many of these people live in fear and anguish, rejected and vilified. In many countries there is a rising tide of hatred being fed by lies and fear, ignorance and increasing violence.

Preventing HIV and Aids in Older People Across the World

Chris Roles | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Chris Roles

New data from UNAIDS, the UN's main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, reveals that an estimated 3.6 million people aged 50 and older are living with HIV. For the first time since the start of the HIV epidemic, 10% of the adult population living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries is aged 50 or older.

Why We Need to Talk About HIV

Lewis Allett | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Lewis Allett

Once back in England I met a great guy on a night out. On our second date he disclosed that he was HIV positive... This person educated me. I learned the science behind HIV and this knowledge freed me from the fear that I'd harboured before. More importantly for me though was the openness: when it was relevant, he shared his status, and with his consent, I did the same. What began as cathartic became educational. It was amazing how little people knew!

Hunger and HIV and AIDS: The Forgotten Impact of Hunger on People Infected and Affected by HIV

Rose Caldwell | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Rose Caldwell

As we approach World AIDS Day it is vital to highlight that people who live with HIV and AIDS in the developing world need to receive more than just medicine. They need nutritious food as well. We know that 97 per cent of the 7,000 people newly infected with HIV everyday live in the world's most undernourished countries underlining the link between hunger and the disease.

Stop Monkeying Around and Find Us an AIDS Vaccine

Victoria Martindale | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Martindale

'Breakthrough in hunt for HIV vaccine!'' read the headlines earlier this month. It makes for an exciting time in AIDS research. Ever since the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was identified as the cause of AIDS over 30 years ago the world has thrown itself into a battle to beat AIDS.