Category Archives: stigma

  1. Survey reveals gaps in HIV programming for MSM

    Via PlusNews. A new global survey of more than 5,000 men who have sex with men (MSM) reveals a marginalized group of people with little access to basic HIV prevention tools such as condoms and few means to learn about HIV. Conducted by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV between 24 June and 17 August 2010, Read More >>

    counseling, Global Forum on MSM and HIV, healthcare, HIV, homophobia, lubricant, MSM, prevention, STD, STI, stigma
  2. HIV Risk of Anal Sex Misunderstood Among Heterosexuals

    This news article features our very own Zoe Duby, an IRMA advocate and valued member of our community! Congratulations to Zoe, and thank you for working so hard as an advocate for rectal microbicides and HIV prevention in South Africa and worldwide. Via PlusNews. Vaginal sex, thigh sex, even armpit sex – people have sex in lots Read More >>

    Africa, anal intercourse, anal sex, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS, prevention, risk, safer sex, safety, stigma
  3. SOUTH AFRICA: MSM still sidelined in HIV programming

    “Biomedical strategies can only have a limited impact if MSM live in fear, live hidden or have limited access to safe and effective clinical care.”  via PlusNews South African men who have sex with men are twice as likely to be HIV-positive as heterosexual men, but spending on research, prevention and treatment for this group remains low, Read More >>

    anal sex, Cape Town, gay men, HIV/AIDS policy, MSM, new prevention technologies, South Africa, stigma
  4. Vietnam: Gay rights group tackles insensitive medical care

    Doctors believed, for example, that becoming a homosexual was a fashion statement. They teased gay patients, and criticised anal sex despite training on gay issues, the survey revealed. via VietNamNet Nguyen Thanh Trung (not his real name), a gay man who lives in Ha Noi, was very upset by the way doctors discriminated against him when he Read More >>

    anal health, anal sex, discrimination, gay men, healthcare, homophobia, MSM, stigma, Vietnam
  5. Bringing Up The Rear

    Via salon.com, by Tracy Clark-Flory It’s no secret that more Americans are having anal sex than ever before: A study published last year in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that more than 45 percent of women in their late 20s had tried anal sex. On the flip side, women rarely get the opportunity to be penetrators. Read More >>

    anal sex, Gay, heterosexual epidemic, MSM, sexual behavior, stigma, women
  6. Is being an HIV Gay a punishment from God?

    Via bulawayo24.com, by Yngve Sjolund In 2000, an ex-partner accused Adam of infecting him with HIV. He went to Adam’s employers and told them that he had infected him with HIV. Adam was forced to go for an HIV test by his employers which came back showing that he was HIV positive. Adam remembers: “I felt kind Read More >>

    God, HIV, HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, MSM, sexual behavior, stigma
  7. Kenya: Testing the Integration of HIV and public healthcare

    Via PlusNews HIV could lose its “special status” in Kenya’s health system if a new pilot programme integrating HIV care and public healthcare proves successful. Traditionally, public hospitals in Kenya have a “comprehensive care clinic” (CCC) dedicated to people living with HIV; under the new system, these would no longer exist. For more than six months, the Ministry Read More >>

    Africa, antiretroviral therapy, healthcare, HIV, Kenya, Medicine, stigma
  8. KENYA: Stigma keeps Asian population from accessing HIV services

    via PlusNews When 20-year-old Jenna,* a Kenyan of Asian descent, told her family two years ago she had tested positive for HIV, they forced her to terminate her pregnancy, forbad her to seek treatment and kept her locked in the house because of the shame she had brought on the family. She did, however, go against their Read More >>

    Africa, Kenya, stigma, Treatment
  9. High HIV risk behavior among men who have sex with men in Kigali, Rwanda: making the case for supportive prevention policy

    AIDS Care. 2011 Apr;23(4):449-55. Chapman J, Koleros A, Delmont Y, Pegurri E, Gahire R, Binagwaho A. Futures Group International, Washington, DC, USA. Abstract Rwanda has responded strongly to HIV/AIDS, but prevention among men who have sex with men (MSM) has not yet been addressed due to a strong cultural resistance to homosexuality, and a lack of data Read More >>

    Africa, behavioral research, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, homosexuality, MSM, Rwanda, stigma
  10. Human Rights Watch: US: Mississippi Policies Fuel HIV Epidemic

    State’s Approaches Impede Access to Information, Prevention, Treatment via Human Right Watch Thousands of Mississippians are at risk for HIV, and many who are infected are denied lifesaving measures and treatment because of counterproductive state laws and policies, Human Rights Watch said in a report released March 9. Mississippi has resisted effective approaches to HIV prevention and Read More >>

    HIV, HIV/AIDS policy, homophobia, Mississippi, stigma, United States