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The forgotten survivors of AIDS

The forgotten survivors of AIDS | HIV activists | Scoop.it
Special Report: Eight men who had the remarkable luck to survive the AIDS epidemic, and the brutal misfortune to live on.
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Fighting HIV where no-one admits it's a problem - BBC News

Fighting HIV where no-one admits it's a problem - BBC News | HIV activists | Scoop.it
HIV infection rates are soaring in Russia, but there is a reluctance to address the issue.
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Larry Kramer Lives to See His ‘Normal Heart’ Filmed for TV

Larry Kramer Lives to See His ‘Normal Heart’ Filmed for TV | HIV activists | Scoop.it
After decades of fighting against AIDS and for Hollywood’s attention in that fight, Larry Kramer is about to reach his largest audience with a film version of his play “The Normal Heart.”
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Larry Kramer, one of the founders of Gay Men's Health Crisis - one of the first #HIV & #AIDS volunteer organisations - sees a film version of his play "The Normal Heart" being screened on HBO:

 

"Mr. Kramer badly wants younger people to take up protest politics, and he hopes the new movie will inspire them. “The Normal Heart” delves into his efforts, with a group of friends, to start Gay Men’s Health Crisis, one of the first volunteer AIDS organizations. Both the play and the movie depict his eventual expulsion from the group after his relentlessly confrontational tactics became too much for his peers."

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STATUS - Director's Cut - YouTube

From visual agency, Column Five (www.columnfivemedia.com) and creative collective, The Advisorie Group (www.advisorie.com) comes a new engagement platform an...
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A powerful film featuring nine interviews with PLHIV - all filmed in in March of 2014. It's part of a "new engagement platform and interview series that seeks to humanize the experience of those affected and infected by HIV".

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Canada Honors AIDS Muslim Activist

Canada Honors AIDS Muslim Activist | HIV activists | Scoop.it
CAIRO – A Canadian council for Muslim women has honored Fanta Ongoiba for her efforts over the past two decades in fighting Aids and offering education to Muslim women in Toronto and her home countr...
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“It doesn’t mean, you pray five times a day, that you cannot catch HIV" (Muslim AIDS activist, Fanta Ongoiba)

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What Really Killed Spencer Cox, AIDS activist?

What Really Killed Spencer Cox, AIDS activist? | HIV activists | Scoop.it
Did the battle to fight AIDS ultimately kill Spencer Cox, one of its early warriors? Mr. Cox appears in the documentary “How to Survive a Plague,” which has been nominated for an Academy Award.
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Surviving AIDS, but Not the Life That Followed 
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The Kramer story

The Kramer story | HIV activists | Scoop.it

"It’s too soon to tell how future generations will measure the overall impact of outspoken AIDS activist and author Larry Kramer, but thanks to his friend, the talented documentarian Jean Carlomusto, historians will be grateful for a new well-rounded portrait of a complex and controversial man. Contemporary audiences will have a lot to think about as well."

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September #166 : The Importance of Remembering Ryan White - by Shawn Decker

September #166 : The Importance of Remembering Ryan White - by Shawn Decker | HIV activists | Scoop.it
Why the heroic boy from Indiana is more than just the namesake for the Ryan White CARE Act
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The powerful legacy of Ryan White who died of AIDS 24 years ago: he became HIV positive after a blood transplant and was given months to live. When he decided to go public with his status he was ostracized and stigmatised by his community. But he never gave up educating the public about HIV and speaking for PLHIV. His influence continued postmortem with - among other things - a permanent exhibit in the Museum of Children in Indianapolis.

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HIV/AIDS Activist Fighting for Care and Justice in Indonesia - The Jakarta Globe

HIV/AIDS Activist Fighting for Care and Justice in Indonesia - The Jakarta Globe | HIV activists | Scoop.it
 Charlotte Greenfield Baby Rivona is a 45-year-old mother of two who lives in Jakarta. She is a busy woman. As well as caring for her 3-year-old son, her role as the head of a nationwide advocacy group requires her to communicate with members from around Indonesia, meet with government departments and travel around the world more »
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Having lost her Malaysian visa after being diagnosed with HIV, Baby has become the national coordinator of the Indonesian Positive Women Network (IPPI).

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UNICEF - South Africa - South African AIDS youth activist Thembi Ngubane dies at 24

UNICEF - South Africa - South African AIDS youth activist Thembi Ngubane dies at 24 | HIV activists | Scoop.it
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Stigma is a Human Rights violation

Stigma is a Human Rights violation | HIV activists | Scoop.it
How Human Rights can support our HIV advocacy was the theme of the third Taking Part meeting. The session was facilitated by the British Institute of Human Rights. Here are some notes  and thoughts...
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"HIV is not killing us, but loneliness is."

Living a life free of stigma is a human right that is denied to the majority of PLHIV. There's no longer the threat of "physical death" as a result of a new generation of ARV's, but daily stigma leads to isolation and poor quality of life.

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