Tag Archive | HIV/AIDS

Was AIDS ‘Patient Zero’ a World War I soldier?

Was AIDS ‘Patient Zero’ a World War I soldier?

As World Health Organization scientists comb the Chinese city of Wuhan for the first cases of the coronavirus, a Canadian infectious disease expert believes he has found the source of another pandemic, HIV/AIDS, more than a century earlier. In a revised edition of his 2011 book, ‘The Origin of AIDS’, published last month, Jacques Pépin […]

Pioneering AIDS researcher Dr Joseph Sonnabend has died (1933-2021)

Pioneering AIDS researcher Dr Joseph Sonnabend has died (1933-2021)

Pioneering AIDS researcher, Joseph Sonnabend, one of the first doctors to warn of the emergence of a new virus in the late 1970s, has died at the age of 88, in a London hospital. Sonnabend first noticed the rise in the number of similar illnesses among his gay male patients, at a private sexual health […]

Opinion: Drama ‘It’s A Sin’ – 1980s when young gay men were objects of fear

Opinion: Drama ‘It’s A Sin’ – 1980s when young gay men were objects of fear

It’s the sense of oblivion, combined with the wide-eyed expectations of being young, that resonate so powerfully in Russell T Davies’ ‘It’s A Sin’, a compelling new drama about the emergence of AIDS in 1980s London. Like Davies’ late 1990s series ‘Queer as Folk’, this is a tale of a group of young men, who […]

Memoir: Living And Loving In The Age Of AIDS

Memoir: Living And Loving In The Age Of AIDS

LIVING AND LOVING IN THE AGE OF AIDS A Memoir – Derek Frost This memoir is an important and inspirational addition to the gay literary canon, due to be published on 13th April, and endorsed by Matthew Parris below. It’s a rare record which is already exciting interest amongst the LGBTQ community, and beyond. With […]

Uganda: UN urges respect for LGBT+ ahead of polls

Uganda: UN urges respect for LGBT+ ahead of polls

The United Nations has called for LGBT+ Ugandans to be treated with respect and dignity, following homophobic remarks by some politicians, including the president, ahead of Thursday’s polls. Sexual minorities face widespread persecution in Uganda, where [homosexuality] is punishable by life imprisonment, and LGBT+ rights groups fear politicians exploiting anti-gay sentiment to win votes could […]

African women pin hopes on anti-HIV jab

African women pin hopes on anti-HIV jab

Kenyan sex worker Silvia does not much like the large, oblong-shaped blue pill she takes with her porridge every morning. While the daily tablets of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drastically cut her risk of getting HIV, they bring with it stigma and even violence due to the common misconception that the drug is taken by people […]

UK: Elton John calls for wider HIV testing – eradication by 2030

UK: Elton John calls for wider HIV testing – eradication by 2030

Singer Elton John has joined leading British HIV/AIDS charities in calling for wider HIV testing to halt new transmissions in England within a decade, amid concerns that COVID-19 has affected access to tests and medication. To mark Worlds AIDS Day on Tuesday, England’s first HIV Commission – established by the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), National […]

UNAIDS: World AIDS Day 2020 message – Winnie Byanyima

UNAIDS: World AIDS Day 2020 message – Winnie Byanyima

World AIDS Day 2020 message from UNAIDS Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima World AIDS Day 2020 will be like no other. COVID-19 is threatening the progress that the world has made in health and development over the past 20 years, including the gains we have made against HIV. Like all epidemics, it is widening the inequalities […]

Global HIV funds underfunding GBT

Global HIV funds underfunding GBT

Funding to fight HIV among gay and bisexual men and transgender women is a fraction of what it should be, researchers said on Tuesday, with advocates blaming stigma for the shortfall. Gay and bisexual men account for about one in five new HIV infections, but they were only allocated 1% of the $57 billion in […]

WHO official cites AIDS as guide to addressing coronavirus pandemic

WHO official cites AIDS as guide to addressing coronavirus pandemic

Dr. Michael Ryan, of the WHO, said world leaders “need to take a leaf out of the HIV/AIDS activist book” (Reuters) – Healthcare systems worldwide need to upgrade to control disease transmission, and cope with large numbers of sick people during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as future outbreaks, the head of the World Health […]