Tag Archive | HIV/AIDS

OPINION: Forty years on, AIDS is not over

OPINION: Forty years on, AIDS is not over

Forty years ago, on June 5, 1981, the first cases of what became known as AIDS were reported in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the U.S. national public health agency, reported: “Five cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) among previously healthy young men in Los Angeles,” in their Morbidity […]

UNAIDS: Scrap Anti-gay bans to fight HIV

UNAIDS: Scrap Anti-gay bans to fight HIV

Scrapping [anti-gay] bans around the world is vital to fighting the spread of HIV, because it would encourage more people to get tested, Britain’s former health minister during the 1980s AIDS crisis said on Thursday. Norman Fowler, who this month takes up an ambassadorial role at the UN agency, UNAIDS, said many people are unwilling […]

Opinion: Disclosing HIV Status after Covid-19 Vaccine

Opinion: Disclosing HIV Status after Covid-19 Vaccine

A Vaccine for My Shame By Jonathan Cohen It has often been said that COVID-19 reveals all manner of injustices, from hazardous work to overcrowded nursing homes to domestic violence. But with the increasing availability of the vaccine in wealthy countries, COVID-19 reveals something else; the intimate details of our pre-existing health conditions. Last month, […]

US: ‘Pose’ to End With Season 3 at FX

US: ‘Pose’ to End With Season 3 at FX

‘Pose’ will end with Season 3 at FX. The groundbreaking series was renewed for a third season back in 2019. The seven-episode final season is now set to debut on May 2, at 10 p.m. ET, with two episodes airing that night. The series finale will air on June 6. “‘Write the TV show you […]

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 […]