Articles tagged with: HIV disclosure

Fear of stigma perpetuates stigma.

published: March, 15, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Kimutai Kemboi, Youth, Mental Health, Health, International , Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi on self stigma and the healthy benefits of disclosure

Fear of stigma perpetuates stigma.

As people living with HIV, we go through a series of challenges, one after the other. Testing positive is a big issue and as we try to cope with the situation another life threatening issue arises; stigma. Stigma sounds like a simple word but it is intense enough to take someone's life. It is an 'opportunistic infection' on its own that can only heal on bold people or those people who can take the bull by its own horns. The weak souls will find it hard to fight. As we know, stigma comes in t

The last question: could we possibly be human again?

published: May, 16, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Dennis Battler

There's big money and status in HIV stigma. Dennis Battler writes about the sly ways the HIV-positive are marginalized and rendered invisible in gay media.

The last question: could we possibly be human again?

Photo: Jeff Stroud I follow Kevin Sessums on Facebook, a successful American author. Candidly speaking of his life as a former participant in The Factory of Andy Warhol, a “gay emeritus of the Vanity Fair staff”, and subsequent positions in media with unabashed personal trials and tribulations of being a gay man from the south moving in celebrity circles of stage, TV, fashion and media. A published author, his first memoir in 2007 “Mississippi Sissy” and “I Left It On The Mountain:

How I managed to overcome stigmatization.

published: April, 17, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, Newly Diagnosed, General Health, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi: "The fight against stigma is dynamic.It starts with one's soul, then people close to you and then the entire society."

How I managed to overcome stigmatization.

Stigma refers to a negative, an ill and undermining attitude that a person has towards another. This does not occur naturally neither does it occur at a particular time, it is gradual and develops slowly by slowly. The good thing about is, it is not a permanent thing in that a person can opt out of it. When I tested HIV-positive a year and couple of months ago, this was the situation I was going through. Thank God, I found a way out of it! I came to realize that in any situation, however chal

If you just found out you are HIV-positive...

published: March, 16, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

CATIE's must-read information for the newly diagnosed.

If you just found out you are HIV-positive...

Finding out you have HIV may be a shock. You do not have to go through this alone: There is help. With ongoing treatment, care and support, HIV can be managed. You can live long and well with HIV. You’ve already taken the first step by getting tested. Now it is important to get care and treatment as soon as you can. 1. HIV can be treated. Talk to the person who gave you your test result about finding a doctor who treats people with HIV. If they cannot give you the name and number of an HI

Sex after diagnosis: my journey to believing that undetectable HIV viral load means uninfectious

published: February, 20, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Dating, Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton tells of how he addressed self-stigma and maintained a sexual identity post-diagnosis.

Sex after diagnosis: my journey to believing that undetectable HIV viral load means uninfectious

To read the entire  article by Joshua Middleton, visit TheBody.com, here. An image of the moment I was diagnosed HIV positive remains vivid in my mind. The feelings and emotions that ran through my body like a lightening bolt that day are not easily forgotten. They will be with me forever, as will my feeling of infectiousness upon hearing the words that have played in my mind like a broken record all these years: "Josh, I am sorry, but you are HIV positive." I remember telling myself that

I will never forget the day

published: February, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

From Huffington Post, Jesse Milan, President & CEO of AIDS United: "On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day be aware that support of a mother, father, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, or cousin can be lifesaving."

I will never forget the day

To read the complete article by Jesse Milan, visit Huffington Post, here. I will never forget the day my mother asked me, “Is there something you want me to know about you?”  Mom wanted to know if I had HIV. She had just attended her first HIV educational program. She learned about the virus and how important being in care is to assure a person with HIV remains healthy. She was armed with new knowledge, but she was also my mom. She knew how important it is to support the ones she lo

Disclosure fallout

published: January, 12, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

This article by Bob Leahy first appeared in 2013, a follow up to a controversial column in which he which said poz people needed to come out or we’d never end the epidemic. The reaction was mixed. The topic is still relevant so we're reposting it today

Disclosure fallout

Let’s face it. That column was pretty blunt.  By equating coming out with bravery, and some would say, equating non disclosure as cowardice, that was a bit “finger pointy”, even for me. I said, for instance, if you weren’t part of the solution, you were part of the problem. That’s a bit trite, and on some simplistic level there is truth in it, but it’s really too accusatory and not inclusive enough of people’s individual circumstances. If you sensed then that it was part hear

The Holiday Horror Show – The Long Haul

published: December, 14, 2016 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Pets, Spirituality, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Dennis Battler

As his first post for PositiveLite.com, Dennis Battler recounts tales of Christmas past and the difficulty of coming out poz to family at such a time.

The Holiday Horror Show – The Long Haul

As a kid wandering the Plaza – we’re talking pre-mall years – I’d run into Santa handing out candy canes to other children – "other" being the operative word. Being the son of the Candy Shop Maven did not, in my world, preclude me from being given a candy cane by Santa. Plaza-Santa apparently did. Sensitive, bright and abundantly precocious, I experienced this prejudiced exclusion as a direct personal attack. Being denied a candy cane, excluded from the world of myth and legend, by S

Funding for Camp Moomba!

published: October, 25, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Community Events, Activism, Youth, Fundraisers, Mental Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Your vote in the Aviva Community Fund challenge could be what allows up to 70 youth living with HIV, aged six to seventeen, to attend camp.

Funding for Camp Moomba!

Did you know there are about 150 children and youth who are growing up with HIV in Canada? Medical advances and good clinical care mean that nowadays there are very few cases where HIV is passed from a parent who is accessing HIV treatment to their baby but worldwide, many parents do not have consistent access to the kinds of HIV care that can prevent HIV from being passed. Many children growing up with HIV in Canada were born in places where effective therapies were not available, have come

Fear

published: January, 28, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Nine days in and a newly diagnosed gay man from the UK is anonymously blogging about what he is experiencing. Here’s an excerpt.

Fear

“From diagnosis onwards this is one man’s – no My – story as it happens. I don’t know if this will be educational or funny or sad or all of those things, but on January the 10th 2015 at 4.22pm my life changed forever and this is perhaps the best way i know how to get through it.”  So it’s now nine days since I walked out of the clinic a gay man living with HIV.  There is no great slogan for how I feel, no great narrative has been laid down but I have changed. In nine short,

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