HIV in the UK: Meet the young people changing social perceptions

Nearly thirty years since the British Government’s Don’t Die of Ignorance campaign to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, the virus seems to have largely disappeared from public attention.

However there have never been more people living with HIV in the UK than there are now. At the end of 2014, Public Health England discovered that around 1 in every 6 of the estimated 103,700 HIV positive people living in Britain were undiagnosed. There seems to be a worrying lack of awareness in society that needs to be addressed.

We no longer need to be afraid ofHIV in the UK; there may not be a cure, but there is available treatment to help people with HIV to live long and healthy lives. Despite this, there seems to be a general reluctance to acknowledge and discuss the issue openly.

Sat in a bustling café in Brixton, I met with fashion designer Jacob Alexander and filmmaker Danny Germain to discuss the ways in which they are each tackling the issue. Both Alexander and Germain are drawing upon their personal experiences to create projects aimed at encouraging a more informed and open discourse about HIV.

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VIDEO: Presentation highlights ‘current epidemic’ of syphilis among patients with HIV, importance of screening for STIs

In this video, Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, discusses her presentation at ASM Microbe on sexually transmitted infections, which focused, in part, on the “current epidemic” of these infections among patients with HIV.

Marrazzo highlights several “noteworthy trends” regarding STIs among patients with HIV, including “really explosive numbers of syphilis cases.” New variations of syphilis have been observed, in addition to more traditional presentations of the illness, according to Marrazzo.

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Gay men attacked over photo posted by U.S. embassy

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Gay men in Ivory Coast say they’ve been assaulted and forced to flee their homes after the U.S. Embassy published a photo of them signing a condolence book for victims of this month’s killings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The photo, published on the embassy’s website, shows the faces of six men with the caption “LGBTI community signing the condolence book.” It was taken at the embassy on June 16, the same day Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan and other officials signed the book in honor of the 49 people killed in the Orlando attack.

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Drug reduces risk of life-threatening HIV-related infections


The verdict is out: Adults and children with Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) as early as possible reduce their risk of developing serious HIV-related infections.

The new findings were published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases on June 15, 2016.

Two studies in adults and children, supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and conducted in collaboration with Columbia University, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and McGill University, are the first global systematic and comprehensive analyses of data on HIV-related opportunistic infections over a 20-year period in three global regions: Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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3.2M people living with HIV in Nigeria-Expert

The Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Human Virology if Nigeria, IHVN, Dr. Patrick Dakum, has revealed that Nigeria has more children living with Human Immuno Virus, HIV, in the world, and that about 3.2 million people are living with the virus in the country.

The CEO, who stated this during a press conference organised in collaboration with Access Bank in Lagos recently, noted that since the past three decades, the virus has claimed many lives, adding that IHVN has been established to make provision for quality laboratory support, prevention, care and treatment for people living with HIV and other infected diseases as about 220,000 acquire HIV virus annually.

He explained that IHVN in its own capacity has counseled and tested over 8.7 million people who now know their HIV status and make informed choices about their lives; enabled 69,540 women living with HIV to give birth to HIV free children, and helped over 256,000 adults and 15,771 children with drugs for HIV to live positively with the disease.

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HIV prevelence rate below 2% in Nigeria

The National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) says Nigeria has done well with funds it received from the World Bank Assisted Project towards the elimination of the HIV/AIDS virus which presently stands at below 2% prevalence rate.

The Director, Partnerships Coordination of NACA, Emmanuel Alhassan, gave the statistics in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, at a HIV Programme Development Project retreat (HPDP 11) held by staff of NACA.

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HIV reduced to the barest minimum in 5 West African countries-NACA

The National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) on Thursday announced the reduction of HIV/Aids prevalence rate in West Africa.

The Chairman of the Governing Body of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization and Director General of the NACA, Mr John Idoko, told a gathering in Abuja that Nigeria is recording a minus three percent new infection rates while Ghana has achieved a minus-one prevalence rate.

The organization is set up to control the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/Aids and Ebola in the West African sub region.

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Meet the UAL student tackling HIV stigma through app design

Meet the UAL student tackling HIV stigma through app design

Jacob Alexander created The Positive Project to educate young people about the causes and effects of the virus.

Tackling the HIV stigma in Luton head on

TREATMENT for HIV/AIDS has come a long way over the last 30 years.

But the fight is far from over when it comes to the stigma attached to the disease, according to one Luton

Since it was formed in 1988, Embrace Life, now a part of Luton Community Housing, has been supporting people in the area who have been diagnosed with HIV.

Jane Foster headed the organisation for many years and, while she has recently taken a back seat, she remains heavily involved with the charity.

Mrs Foster said: “When people are diagnosed with HIV people can be very reclusive and afraid to tell people, even their friends and family as it can still be looked at with a stigma.

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Lagos to tackle HIV/AIDS stigmatisation

Friday, June 10, 2016

Sesan Olufowobi

The Lagos State Government says it will tackle the challenges faced by people living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome in the state, including stigmatisation.

The state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said this at a meeting with a delegation of the Global Fund at the United Nations headquarters in New York, United States of America, according to a statement on Thursday by Ambode’s Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna.

It was said that the Lagos State Government was assured of funds to deal with HIV/AIDS issues in the state.

“The governor, who had earlier declared his commitment to the judicious use of the grant, was unequivocal about the economic sense of having a healthy population in driving the growth and development of the state,” the statement added.  Read More