Articles tagged with: stigma

A note to bisexual men in the closet

published: October, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

Lewis Oakley is a bisexual activist. To mark Bi Visibility Day, Oakley wrote for PinkNews about standing in the face of biphobia in 2017.

A note to bisexual men in the closet

This article by Lewis Oakley previously appeared at Pink News, here Hey lads, Today is an important day and I wanted to send you a message. As Twitter and some decent news sites erupt in a blue, pink and purple celebration of Bi Visibility, I know you can’t show your support for fear someone may find out. Mates that would never accept bisexuality and insist you must be a gay man now. A girlfriend that will be embarrassed and worried your relationship will be seen as a joke by everyone. Fa

A Canada-led international Indigenous initiative towards global HIV, TB and Hep C targets

published: July, 27, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Activism, Conferences, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor, Population Specific

Rob Olver in conversation with Ken Clement, CEO of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)

A Canada-led international Indigenous initiative towards global HIV, TB and Hep C targets

At AIDS2016, in Durban, South Africa, Canadian Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott made a commitment to strengthen the consultative process with Canada’s marginalized indigenous communities. As a result of that promise, on July 10-12 of this year the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) brought together indigenous leaders and stakeholders from 14 countries to to share promising practices that highlight progress towards achieving global HIV, TB, and hepatitis C targets in Indigenous com

Why a course on sexual health and dementia

published: January, 31, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Events, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Megan DePutter, Sex and Sexuality

Megan DePutter: "Well-intended concerns about consent and capacity may lead to withholding information or efforts to restrict or manage sexual behaviour in ways that may be inappropriate."

Why a course on sexual health and dementia

Terrence Higgins Trust has partnered with Alzheimer Scotland to offer a course on Sexual Health and Dementia (for course details see bottom of post) in our new Learning Centre. Sexual health needs might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to supporting people with dementia. But sexual health is important for everyone. Here are a few reasons why we at Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland felt it was important to create a course on Sexual Health and Dementia. 1.

Poetry: Survive and thrive - a poz perspective

published: November, 24, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Poetry of resilience by long term survivor and Blenheim, Ontario resident Gregory Scratch

Poetry: Survive and thrive - a poz perspective

  Survive and Thrive I held the spoon while you held the flame That melted your sweet toxicity of illusion for my veins. I broke and shattered as you raped my wife, Killed my husband, degraded my sexuality, Called me whore, crack head, queer, dyke, Nigger, spic and all the like. Remnants of who I once was lay adrift in your sea of hate and pain. On the shoreline of your subconscious, I begin the task of gathering What remains of who I am. Piece by piece, I find my heart, my soul,

Another year on and still finding my way.

published: October, 25, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Smoking Cessation , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

In which Peterborough poz guy Robert Olver bangs on about his second year post-HIV diagnosis.

Another year on and still finding my way.

“It may be hard for some to understand, but far from feeling like a victim, I feel blessed. Sure, I would rather there was no such thing as HIV but there is and one day I contracted it. That's mine. It's a part of my life and it informs my life in ways that I love. From adversity, opportunity.” Those words come from a column I wrote some time ago about the first anniversary of my HIV diagnosis and the reasons why I found it something to celebrate and not to mourn. I find it a bit hard to

More gay men say bareback porn is to blame for riskier sex...

published: September, 07, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Research, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine, Iain Howley on the results of the big 2016 FS porn survey

More gay men say bareback porn is to blame for riskier sex...

This article by Iain Howley originally appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  Back in 2012, FS conducted what was then its biggest ever survey. We asked over 1,000 gay and bisexual men to tell us all about their porn habits. One question we asked was: Do you think watching bareback porn has led to you personally having unprotected sex? Back then six percent of the men who responded said yes, while another seven percent said they didn’t know. Fast forward to 2016, and we d

Shaming promotes ignorance

published: August, 30, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Gay Men, Youth, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

"Shaming peers and failing to acknowledge the prevalence of HIV amongst men who have sexual relationships with other men is dangerous," says the UK's Alex Sparrowhawk

Shaming promotes ignorance

The ‘chesty cough stuff’ didn’t work and I endured the sore throat for a good few more weeks into the Autumn of 2009. I must have journeyed to the GP at least three times, each visit being told I would be alright and whatever it was causing the cough was just being stubborn and would sort itself out of it’s own accord (spoiler – it didn’t). During the final trip the term ‘persistent virus’ was used and the cogs started to turn in my mind. Persistent virus; THE virus? I li

Bow Ties and Butter Knives: Fighting Stigma Within Our Own Community

published: August, 25, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Activism, Social Media, Fundraisers, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

"... we can all play a part in this fight. Let’s not put each other down but rather build each other up," says Joshua Middleton

Bow Ties and Butter Knives: Fighting Stigma Within Our Own Community

Speechless… That was my first reaction when I glanced down at my laptop screen and saw the following comment appear on my Twitter feed. It was in response to a photo I had posted in support of The Bow Tie Movement Campaign; a grassroots initiative seeking to raise awareness for heterosexual HIV-positive men. The words that first caught my attention were "knife" and "neck". Was this someone reaching out for help or yet another stigmatizing comment from someone looking to put others living

HIV prevention, criminalization, and sex work: Where are we at?

published: August, 05, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE, Dr. Kate Shannon explains where we are in combating the criminalization, stigma, physical and sexual violence and poor access to services that are the driving forces of the HIV epidemic in sex work.

HIV prevention, criminalization, and sex work: Where are we at?

This article by Dr Kate Shannon previously appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here. Une version française est disponible ici.  Sex workers experience a disproportionately high burden of HIV in Canada and globally, in large part driven by structural factors (such as criminalization, physical and sexual violence, stigma, lack of access to services) that impact sex workers’ vulnerability to HIV. There is growing international evidence of the social and health-relat

When people living with HIV gathered in Durban: LIVING2016:

published: August, 02, 2016 Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Legal, Guest Authors

An AIDS2016 pre-conference in Durban,South Africa saw 270 people living with HIV, including PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy, meet to discuss some of their priorities. GNP+ reports

When people living with HIV gathered in Durban: LIVING2016:

“LIVING2016 was the greatest experience for me. I met amazing people from different countries and backgrounds who are living positively with HIV. It truly touched me to be in a room full of people, feeling safe and supported to talk about my life with HIV.” It is just one of the many reactions we received from grateful participants of LIVING 2016, the Positive Leadership Summit which took place on 16 and 17 July in Durban, South Africa. 270 people living with HIV from 78 countries contrib

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