Last night, you may have seen me in the ITV1 documentary Corrie Goes to Kenya. During the show, you will have seen Kenya through the eyes of the four Coronation Street actors who visited us, and will have noticed the culture shock they experience in my country.
The 19th International AIDS Conference is drawing to a close and it is time for us as delegates to reflect on what messages we are going to take away from the conference.
Channel 4’s Mental Health season, the controversially titled ‘4 Goes Mad’ kicked off last night with ‘Ruby Wax’s Mad Confessions’.
The key idea of INERELA was to tap into the unique role and authority that religious leaders play in providing moral and ethical guidance within communities, using that to contribute in a productive way to the HIV response; their public opinions can influence entire nations.
I arrived in Washington DC yesterday to attend meetings before the International AIDS Conference, which starts on 22 July, and to report on them through this blog for the next couple of weeks. What many people do not know is that the US has been unable to host this particular conference since 1990 because of a travel ban on people living with HIV.
Freddie Flintoff’s documentary, ‘The Hidden Side of Sport’ shown on BBC1 last night did far more than shed some light on what goes on beneath the helmets of sportsmen on top of their game as they go out to bat. By unveiling those cracks and speaking candidly with others who have shared the sleepless nights and shameful drunken binges, Flintoff took a massive step forwards in fighting against the belief that depression is something that should be kept in the shadows.
The latest HIV statistics by UNAIDS illustrate that the number of people living with HIV has risen to a staggering 34 million globally – a figure that reflects those who became newly infected last year but also those who are already HIV positive living longer thanks to the scaling up of ARV treatment. But while new infections have fallen in some countries in Sub-Saharan Africa such as Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, in places like the UK, despite consistent access to treatment for the majority who need it, new infections have been rising steadily over the past decade.
Today marks World Mental Health Day, a day designed to raise public attention about mental health issues whilst also encouraging open and honest discussion about the topic.
Three decades into the epidemic and with over 30 million currently living with HIV, the issue of stigma and discrimination still remains at the fore for people living with HIV.
“Lonely, lost, broken, ashamed, hopeless, desolate, driven, and cursed”, “not recognised”, “Macho failure”, “scaredy little boy afraid of fry-ups” and “freakish”, suffering in silence, shameful, “Under-represented, under-researched and under-supported”, “forgotten”, “stigma”, “unheard of”, “overlooked”… those are just some of the responses I recieved from Twitterers and Facebookers when I asked the question ‘What do you [...]
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