Most people living with HIV think carefully about whether or not to tell people that they have HIV (sometimes called disclosure). People often make different choices in relation to friends, family, children, sexual partners, employers and others.

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  • 'My mother died without telling me I had HIV'

    Some parents in Kenya take the secret of their HIV status to their graves, leaving their children ignorant and unwell.

    04 July 2019 | BBC News
  • How preschools can do more to support children living with HIV

    Thanks to antiretroviral therapy, children living with HIV are likely to live much longer than they would without treatment. They will go to school like other children and develop in much the same way. But how much do their teachers and peers need to know about their HIV-positive status? And what is the best way of managing their particular health needs at preschool level?

    25 June 2019 | The Conversation
  • The Listening Project: I’ll Speak About it All Day Long (sound file)

    Two 17-year-old girls infected with HIV as babies discuss their common experience in the BBC's Listening Project, a sound archive of our modern times.

    25 April 2019 | BBC
  • Challenging My Own Bigotry

    An HIV-negative gay man confronts his history with men living with the virus.

    25 April 2019 | Poz
  • Why Do Study Participants Misreport Their HIV Status?

    Why do some study volunteers misreport their HIV status to researchers? Maybe they misunderstood the conditions for incentive payments or the question itself, speculated the authors of a recent study on the subject. Or maybe the questions were not phrased in a way that is easy for laypersons to understand, countered David Malebranche, M.D., M.P.H., of Morehouse School of Medicine.

    24 April 2019 | The Body Pro
  • Tanzania study finds two-thirds of HIV positive women tell their partners

    Study reveals higher levels of disclosure than previously thought among women in Tanzania, especially amongst those in relationships where sexual and reproductive health issues are discussed.

    23 April 2019 | Avert
  • ‘Demeaning’ to portray counsellor as HIV-positive sex worker – Kenyan court

    Though the world is moving towards de-stigmatising HIV/AIDS, it is still not difficult to imagine a court awarding damages to someone who is publicly – but either without their permission or else incorrectly – said to be living with the condition.

    11 April 2019 | Legal Brief
  • Talking to Children About Terminal Illness

    New guidelines call for speaking openly with children when they or their parents face life-threatening diseases.

    18 March 2019 | New York Times
  • Switchboard: Homophobia, HIV and hoax calls

    Switchboard, the LGBT helpline, took its first call from a tiny office in the basement of a bookshop in King's Cross on 4 March 1974. To mark the 45th anniversary, people have been sharing memories of a charity that's helped millions across the world.

    05 March 2019 | BBC
  • Relationship counseling encourages couples HIV testing

    Lynae Darbes, associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan, developed an intervention designed to improve the likelihood that couples will decide to engage in HIV testing together. The idea was that providing relationship skills to couples would improve their communication and their relationship in general, and this would in turn improve their ability to talk about sex and HIV--as well as HIV testing.

    08 February 2019 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
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Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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