Dear Silvia, This is one of the most frightening days of your life. As usual, when filled with anxiety you Continue reading
Today is 19 years we are together. This is also the year I turn fifty. My life has been defined by you, there is no denying it. You have pushed me in so many directions. The highest and the lowest. I never felt so lonely and damaged like today 19 years ago. But today you connect me to an amazing community of people that in spite of fear, suffering, illness and stigma, have risen, resisted and flourished.
HIV is easily treatable with pills. But there are no pills for stigma. Stigma grows on the ignorance behind the statement by Ukip’s leader Nigel Farage. There is no substance behind his words.
Today my HIV comes of age. 18 years ago I was diagnosed HIV positive. If my HIV was a person it could now vote.
Kate spoke about the history of women’s activism in the UK. It was terribly moving to see pictures back from the 80’s and 90’s of Jayne and Sheila (Positively Women founders) and other young women, most of them now dead from AIDS, who for the first time got together to have the rights of women living with HIV voiced and recognized .
The key messages on this World AIDS day is: we are not going to medicalise ourselves out of the HIV epidemic; unless we address stigma, HIV will continue to grow in our communities. HIV stigma continues being a barrier to people accessing services, including prevention, testing treatment and care.
We have now officially entered National HIV Testing Week . The campaign is in full swing, and I have seen Continue reading
This article is part of 50.50’s long running series on AIDS Gender and Human Rights. It was firstly published on Open Continue reading