Dr Steve Taylor (FRCP, PhD) is a member of the BHIVA External Relations Committee and Lead HIV Consultant at Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital
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12/01/2018 13:53 GMT
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.
01/12/2016 15:21 GMT
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?
01/12/2015 10:19 GMT
Not having an HIV test puts your life at risk, and those of others. So the message of this NHTW is very clear: we must reduce the stigma around HIV. Healthy people with HIV must talk about it; the general public must become educated about HIV; and we need to test as many people as possible.
26/11/2015 19:39 GMT
The perpetuation of the myth of the anonymous, promiscuous individual punished for their sexual appetite by an HIV diagnosis, and by being shunned by their friends and colleagues, is very sad to see - and entirely divorced from the reality of HIV in 2015.
12/11/2015 15:46 GMT
There have long been significant and valid concerns that simply popping a testing kit in the post to an individual who may be vulnerable - and a positive HIV result can make anyone feel worried, to say the least - is not providing the support and care for which UK HIV clinics have rightly become world-renowned.
07/05/2015 14:15 BST
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.
30/11/2014 23:28 GMT
It's very simple: ignorance perpetuates stigma and stigma kills. In making the latest in a long series of ill-informed pronouncements, Nigel Farage seems to hark back to a dark period of history which we are all much better off leaving behind.
12/10/2014 20:00 BST
The public need to know that our NHS is being privatised, not through the back door, but very blatantly through the front. There may as well be very large advertising placards directed at potential providers, promising in twelve-foot type: "If you can do it cheaper - it's yours." I've seen the effects that privatisation can have in other areas of the country - in Milton Keynes, Trafford, Teeside and Leicester. I also know that other colleagues all over the country are currently going through the same nightmare. In fact, it is likely that all of our NHS sexual health services will be put out to tender in the next few years. It is really rather desperate.
23/09/2014 17:24 BST
The story I'm going to tell concerns three individuals, whom we'll call (with a hat-tip to Mr Tarantino) Mr Pink, Mr Orange and Mr Black. The reason I'm telling these stories is that last week during my HIV clinic, three of my patients were diagnosed with acute viral hepatitis C. This is how it happened.
10/02/2014 14:52 GMT
This week is National HIV Testing Week, leading up to World AIDS Day 2013 on 1st December. The question is, how many of you were aware of this - and what can we do to enhance that awareness? For too long, educational messages about HIV/AIDS, and about the way it is transmitted and prevented, have not been heard.
01/12/2013 23:14 GMT
The next piece to the HIV puzzle in many ways, is about changing public perceptions. Out-of-date and negative attitudes to HIV can dissuade people from testing - and that's why one in four of those with HIV in the UK are not aware of their status. That's a really dangerous statistic.
19/08/2013 21:46 BST
Walking into the room, I saw eight people - predominantly doctors - and I could tell that at least five had already made up their minds to reject the project. It started predictably: "Well, we have spent a lot of time discussing this very interesting project, but have some significant concerns." That was why I was there - to allay their fears and get on with this important project. That was not to be.
07/08/2013 23:22 BST
Whenever headlines such as 'Cure for HIV' appear in the press, they have a few unintended secondary effects: the general populace takes them as a sign that HIV is over, and that there is no longer a problem, despite the fact that charities such as ours know very well that there is much work to be done.
08/07/2013 17:16 BST
Understandably, HIV awareness is not a crowd-pleaser. However, if we are really trying to inspire change and to reduce stigma - to educate the public around HIV - then cricket, with its international profile and huge audiences, allows us a unique vessel with which to achieve this aim.
27/06/2013 17:24 BST
Many younger gay men these days have not seen their friends die of AIDS-related illnesses, and there certainly isn't the fear around HIV which their once was. There is a difficult balance to strike here: we don't want to stigmatise HIV further yet at the same time it is difficult to combat the damaging "I don't care" attitude without emphasising the serious nature of the HIV infection.
31/05/2013 17:38 BST
Is the 'cure' story exciting? Yes. Is it scientifically plausible? Yes. Will it stimulate more research? Almost certainly. But it is extremely premature to hail it as a cure that will translate into routine clinical care any time soon. We need much more data.
06/03/2013 22:09 GMT
We are doctors. We do health. We do not have armies of lawyers and specialists in tendering and procurement at our disposal. We would rather invest in nurses, dieticians and pharmacists - and I would rather see patients than have to fight for the survival of our HIV service.
28/02/2013 17:48 GMT
Legal in the US for some time now, the self-test kit has been a focus of some controversy in the UK, and has been illegal for many years. You are, though, allowed to sample your own blood at home, and then send it off to an accredited laboratory (privately, of course).
05/02/2013 17:00 GMT
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