Herbal cures and so on…

Since I started this blog there have been many comments over the years detailing so-called healing by tribal healers and so on from countries around the world. I entered into conversation with one of them but have since become convinced that they are nothing more than the usual scams. So, to all those would-be commenters… if you post something relating to a herbal cure, a faith healer, or some other unlikely would-be cure, it is highly unlikely that I will allow it on my blog. You have been warned. Continue reading Herbal cures and so on…

Award-winning blogger second year running

Little did I think as I wrote the short recent post “HIVBlogger.me.uk – telling my positive life” did I think that there would be another quick post about the blog in such a short period of time. Last year HIVBlogger.me.uk was selected by the editors of Healthline as one of the ‘Best of the Web’. The testimonial said, Michael is a talented, soulful writer with plenty to say. Stop by to leave a word of encouragement or thank him for sharing his story – you will be inspired by his courage, grace, and selflessness.—Healthline Editors As I wrote on HIVBlogger.me.uk last year, Reading [that I had got the award] made me … Continue reading Award-winning blogger second year running

If “Heterophobia” Were Real – via Buzzfeed

All You Need Is Love? highlights a teen living in a world that exists in opposition to the one we live in now. In this short, the terms “gay” and “straight” and the conceptions and cultural stigmas attached to them are completely reversed. What makes this video so powerful is its inclusion of family and community, showing that intolerance can fester in any number of places. Honest performances and a beautiful message, this short film is one not to miss. Found on Buzzfeed.   Continue reading If “Heterophobia” Were Real – via Buzzfeed

Is this true: “Circumcision prevents HIV/AIDS”?

David Ferguson writes on Raw Story that Circumcision reduces HIV risk by changing penis ‘biome’, says study. 

Before I even read this story I was not convinced, I would be interested if anyone has any further information. Another article I found online, written by Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D. – More Circumcision Myths You May Believe: Hygiene and STDs – says:

Three studies in Africa several years ago that claimed that circumcision prevented AIDS and that circumcision was as effective as a 60% effective vaccine (Auvert 2005, 2006). These studies had many flaws, including that they were stopped before all the results came in.  There have also been several studies that show that circumcision does not prevent HIV (Connolly 2008). There are many issues at play in the spread of STDs which make it very hard to generalize results from one population to another. Continue reading “Is this true: “Circumcision prevents HIV/AIDS”?”

Guest blog: HIV Contraction Risk Higher in Female Drug Users

Gay males are often cruelly stigmatised in the media’s portrayal of HIV, and it is a common misconception that the disease is more likely to be transmitted between men. In reality, both men and women are at risk of contracting the disease and injective drugs continue to pose a risk to those that use them. Arguably, the media tends to associate HIV more with men, but the truth is that globally the number of women suffering from HIV equalled that of men more than a decade ago. In the UK, that figure is slightly less; three in ten HIV sufferers are female. … Continue reading Guest blog: HIV Contraction Risk Higher in Female Drug Users

Originally posted on HIV Blogger | living positively:
Last night was difficult – I’m not quite sure why, but it was. I was watching the last episode of Series 1 of Queer As Folk (American version) with my friend Andrew. Right at the end of this episode is the scene where Justin Taylor, played so excellently by Randy Harrison, ends up as the victim in a vicious homophobic attack. Justin is taken to hospital, and there is a lot of crying, not just on screen – but in the audience. I said something then that I possibly shouldn’t have. But I’m… Continue reading

If there is stigma and prejudice in US prisons, what’s happening in Northern Ireland?

If you want to know what it was like to live with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, state prisons in Alabama or South Carolina in 2012 offer some tragic examples. —Sir Elton John Sir Elton John writes in today’s Washington Post about conditions for HIV-positive prisoners in gaols in Alabama and South Carolina in the United States. Reading this, makes me feel very lucky that I don’t have to wander around with a white armband on, nor am I segregated from the rest of society because I am living with HIV. I wonder how the Northern Ireland Prison Service copes with any prisoners … Continue reading If there is stigma and prejudice in US prisons, what’s happening in Northern Ireland?