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Give documentaries on AIDS the centre stage. Give documentaries on AIDS the centre stage. Dylan Mohan Gray

Documentaries can tell us more about AIDS than Hollywood

Documentaries have the power to tell the stories with the most impact. They describe the “real” world, present “real” problems. Despite this, it is drama and Hollywood film that reaches the masses. As…
If people are talking online, we need to be talking about HIV online too. If people are talking online, we need to be talking about HIV online too. Jayel Aheram

In the age of Grindr, HIV support needs to get online

Websites and apps such as Grindr and Scruff are booming as a new way for men to meet other men. But the people who seek to inform men about HIV and AIDS are finding they need to think on their feet to…
Far from a private matter. Far from a private matter. Rebecca Vassie/AP

Uganda’s anti-gay law and media outings threaten everyone

There are few aspirations that almost all of the globe’s human population shares. Good health is one, and I believe healthcare to be a fundamental human right. Illness impedes individuals from supporting…
Mandela was a key force in South Africa against AIDS denialism. Mandela was a key force in South Africa against AIDS denialism. SCHALK VAN ZUYDAM/AP

Mandela’s stance on HIV set him apart from his ANC successors

In the past few days since the passing of Nelson Mandela, the father of the South African nation, it has become apparent just how much Madiba meant not only to us, but to the rest of the world. He is a…
Fighter in the war against AIDS. Fighter in the war against AIDS. Photograph supplied

The important legacy of the ‘man who couldn’t get AIDS’

All scientists have that moment when an idea is initiated or when things come together and a project flourishes. One such moment for me came at a Keystone scientific meeting in South Carolina in 1994…
Glasses, check. Passport, check. Cheque for £200? Glasses, check. Passport, check. Cheque for £200? Flickr/Justin Vidamo

NHS levy for health tourists - a good deal for migrants

Another argument has broken out between the government and doctors over a proposal to charge immigrants to use the NHS. The government claims a levy will make the NHS more fair and sustainable and stop…
Magic mushrooms might be less mysterious if scientists could find out more about them. Magic mushrooms might be less mysterious if scientists could find out more about them. Flickr/ReflexPics

Medical breakthroughs missed because of pointless drug bans

In 1632 the Catholic Church convened a case against Galileo on the grounds that his work using the telescope to explore the nature of the heavens contradicted the church’s teaching - the culmination of…
Advances are being made towards a HIV cure but with 34 million affected worldwide there’s still a lot of work to be done to help manage it. Advances are being made towards a HIV cure but with 34 million affected worldwide there’s still a lot of work to be done to help manage it. Wikimedia Commons/C Goldsmith

HIV cure: scientific reality or media hype?

Until a few years ago there was no talk of curing HIV. Research focused on making anti-HIV drugs better, trying to find a vaccine or understanding why they didn’t seem to be working. Another area was public…
The vaccination of 370 million children worldwide has averted five and a half million future deaths. The vaccination of 370 million children worldwide has averted five and a half million future deaths. Save the Children UK/Flickr

End of absolute poverty, hunger and disease in sight

We can end absolute, extreme poverty within 20 years, according to Geoffrey Lamb, president of global policy and advocacy at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. That means the number of people living…
Sex workers in developing countries are particularly vulnerable to medical abuses. Sex workers in developing countries are particularly vulnerable to medical abuses. Cheryl Overs

HIV drugs for prevention: a game changer for sex workers?

It’s been known for some time that antiretroviral medicines could have a role in preventing HIV as well as treating it. Now, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of an antiretroviral…
Police contact with drug users and sex workers means they can help achieve public health goals. Police contact with drug users and sex workers means they can help achieve public health goals. downtownBLUE

Police on the beat – the missing link of HIV prevention in Southeast Asia

HIV has claimed the lives of more than 30 million people since it emerged more than 30 years ago. But despite worldwide efforts to control the spread of the deadly disease, 2.6 million people contracted…
Protests during the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS in 2001. The public image of the disease has evolved over the last 30 years, Protests during the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS in 2001. The public image of the disease has evolved over the last 30 years, aitlyn tikkun

Lessons from the history of HIV/AIDS in Australia – how activism changed the image of an illness

The theme for World AIDS Day this year is “HIV is still here”. It was chosen because we don’t hear quite so much these days as we once did about HIV or AIDS. In 2012, it will be 30 years since the first…

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