World Aids Day

Come So Far, Got So Far To Go

Krishen Samuel | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Krishen Samuel

Removing judgment and stigma from the epidemic also remains one of the most challenging aspects of dealing with HIV infection. Too often, HIV positive individuals were seen as 'lost' to the epidemic and 'failures' in terms of prevention campaigns.

Let's Be Positive: Together, We Can Beat HIV-Related Stigma

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

Today's, it's less HIV and more HIV-related stigma that's the killer. Stigma brings people to my clinic who have been living with HIV for too long before diagnosis. And they haven't been diagnosed because they are scared, ignorant or isolated.

Ending AIDS Remains A Huge Challenge - But Amazing Things Are Happening

Anne Aslett | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Anne Aslett

In this horrible year, it has been really tempting to despair. From Syria and ISIS to Brexit and Trump, it sometimes feels like we're being tugged together over a cliff. But when I feel that sense of bleakness coming, and I want to give up, I remember something that happened to me, a long time ago now. I want to share it with you, as a small candle in the darkness of 2016.

World AIDS Day: Everything's Changed, Nothing's Changed

Ian Green | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Ian Green

HIV no longer has to prevent people living normal, happy and long lives - but we know that it does. There is still no cure, and without treatment, people will die. Meanwhile HIV services are being cut, stigma is rife, and we're now facing the first generation of people to grow old with HIV. We can't stop now - it's not over. On World AIDS Day at Terrence Higgins Trust, we're still fighting, still caring and still wearing our red ribbons with pride. It may be just one day out of 365 - but thank goodness we've got that one day.

This World AIDS Day It's Time To Get Realistic About How Far We Still Have To Go

Imran Hussain | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Imran Hussain

As long as HIV and AIDS remains a killer across the world we must not detract from our fight against it, but on today's World AIDS Day, I hope that by next year's we will be closer to never needing another.

Where Is HIV In The Future Of The NHS

Sarah Radcliffe | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Sarah Radcliffe

A long-term condition framework for understanding HIV is not yet fully embedded within the thinking of the general public, the media, politicians - or our NHS. The framing of HIV as a long-term condition has not replaced the dominant image of HIV as a serious, communicable disease, which is ultimately fatal but for the constant innovation of medical science.

Could Pride Have Saved My Uncle's Life?

Steve Taylor | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Taylor

Back when my uncle was diagnosed, I wrote to the Terrence Higgins Trust, asking for information and advice. We still had the 'ignorance' campaign in our minds and we were terrified - not least when I saw my mum kiss her dying brother on the forehead.

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

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 30.11.2016 | 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 01.12.2016 | 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 30.11.2016 | 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 30.11.2016 | 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 30.11.2016 | 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

Edward Pike | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Edward 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.