Each year World AIDS Day seems to receive less & less coverage in the media in the UK & appears to be less important to many gay men, despite the fact that gay men were once at the forefront of fighting HIV.
Whilst MSM are still at a high risk of contracting HIV, we are increasingly seeing new infections stradily rise in the general population – I think it is time that the gay community showed some leadership in tackling HIV & the stigma associated with the condition. WAD is the perfect opportunity to raise HIV awareness & to challenge stigma.
All the main HIV charities are holding events on the run up to & including WAD, with National HIV testing week kicking off these initiatives.
HIV treatment & care have changed beyond recognition in the last 30 yrs, but sadly stigma & discrimination remains a huge problem.
Inmy opinion the final sentence in the press release made by THT is somewhat unguarded & will be criticised I am sure – perhaps more media training is required!
It will be nice if we could have a list of high-street shop chains in support of World AIDS Day and sell red ribbons. Just about everywhere sold poppies for Remembrance Sunday (and of course we must not forget the sacrifice of our soldiers) and it would be great if red ribbons were widely available for a minimum donation of say £1 to the Terrance Higgins Trust. HIV/AIDS is not a problem confined to gay men, anybody can be affected either directly and indirectly and we must never become complacent when it comes to safe sex.
It is the regional HIV charities suffering cutbacks that could really do with such support, Gingerly, but a great idea.
And in response to my own post (below) in which I suggest we need to change tack, how about scrapping World Aids Day altogether in favour of…World Aids Week?!
or even ” con a cripple day”
“make the charity fat cats even fatter”
“rob a job of a cripple week”
” destroy a dodgy auds charity document day”
“send a cripple a sh*t happens ” email day
Last year Waterstones in Gower Street did a whole week of WAD events with help from many – NAT, GMFA, GHT etc ..
This was a great event last year – my local HIV charity River House Trust were also involved.
It is a shame we even need a World AIDS Day to remind the world that it is still with us for the other 364 days of the year.
Sure, everyone slaps a token red ribbon on, like you do, but then come Dec 2 it’s off the radar again as more important concerns like Christmas parties take precedence.
Maybe it’s time to change tack…
maybe this would be a window of opportunity for crusaid trustees to apologise for their “pain n suffering to alot of people get another job” email.after staff requested a contract of employment ? you can read the emails on Baselines website and Pinknews under Crusaid Merger with THT
I’ll be celebrating THTs legal advisor destroying Crusaids HUGE gagging document from 2004 staff signed in exchange for charity cash pay off not to contact media and destroy crusaids nasty gay boy emails Yes congratulations to THTd legal advisor for destroying Crusaids gagging agreement and the false incorrect data held in it :-O
Thank goodness the police panel member showed some leadership and worked with the ICO Charity Commission and police while securely destroying gay men with hiv/ aids data that ended up lost all over London a hero award for them surely ?
I refer to the total number of deaths in the UK, http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-265234 and http://www.statistics.gov.uk/hub/population/deaths/mortality-rates.
Some 484,000 in 2011 (http://www.actuaries.org.uk/news/press-releases/articles/improved-mortality-rates-lead-20000-fewer-deaths-2011)
“…a virus that can be easily controlled with medication…”
While treatment has massively improved, and Thank God for that, this idea that the treatment is easy is a huge lie for many people. And it is a lie that makes it harder to deal with welfare system.
Many of the medications have-side effects and not all these are clear. Some cause bone density loss; and fairly recently it has come out that Effirenz/Sustiva (one of the ingredients in Atripla) causes memory loss.
Even with current treatments, young persons infected in their twenties will lose twenty years of life.
And the stigma itself is soul-destroying, causing depression and isolation.
I agree that such generalisations should stop being used so freely as they are inaccurate and disincentivise some to always engage in safer sex.
HIV meds aren’t a one-size-fits-all panacea:- different people will react to different drugs in different ways.
surely WAD would be a good time to support the people that remain Abandoned in corrupt bankrupt aids charity ukcs collapse ? show us you care
fancy stephen bitti ceo and bernard forbes chairman ukc covering up losing £150,000 on the 2005 hero awards for 2 years and making mugs of disabled in conning them into carrying on to support them :-O
Given that the UK budget for HIV from the DoH is a whopping £750million and HPA suggests around £484million is spent, this is differenting for the £1.9million spent on HIV prevention in the UK.
its great bernard forbes chairman of bankrupt corrupt london aids charity ukc wrote to met police requesting support after a police panel member had to withdraw from panel after sent abuse by crusaid its all been kept quiet as gay mafia controling london hiv medis covered it all up Discrimination at its best in the London Aids Charity Sector LOL :-O
im loving the email from ukc to crusaids hiv redundant staff “sh®t happens” the london aids charity sector are experts in not allowing people a voice and discrimination they refuse to disclose what happened to the £ 75,000 ukc rescue package still as were not worthy of a answer theyll have to admit to more scandals and cover ups and the ruch gay tory boys at crusaid used charity ca$$$$$$h to gag their staff not knowing they were a police panel member sssssshhhh theyre trying to stop the gay community finding out they made mugs of them for years LOL
MAKE A MUG OF A GAY TODAY :-O
i doubt the gay community thats been living in poverty for years only to find about THTs.millions in property and huge salaries will be gettingbehind them
theyve made themselves rich on the back of peoples illness and hold milions in assets while people live n die in poverty in uk your just supporting fat cat salaries
after w6 blokeys published their “investigation” on pinknews which was false incorrect and laughable at best their calling for media training LOL ! they wont apologise folks too blokey to do that poor w6 bloke 3 2 1 yr back in the room lol
Why wont they apologise ???
when i read about stephen bitti and his pals at aids charity ukc getting 10,000 – 15,000 payrises after covering up losing £150,000 on the 2005 hero awards i decided never again to be conned by the london aids charity sector shove ya world aids day whr the sun dont shine
con a cripple today WAD 2012
How much you your paid settle to keep quite? Monies from Crusaid?
Meant How much did you receive in settlement from Crusaid to keep quite?
ask THT who have this year destroyed the huge gagging document the rich gay tory boys used thousands if charity money to prevent staff being honest with you all or contacting the media they sacrificed the very people they claimed to help in 2004
the best place to see discrimiation and stigma is inthe london aids charity sector people denied voices as they try to keep the scandals and corruption from being revealed its a SCANDAL :-O
how was the aids charity crusaid able to cover up their “pain n suffering to alot of people get another job” email and pay off ? ? ? i thought the aids charity sector was trandparent and honest who would make fools of people living with hiv/ aids ? ? ?
Yet again this thread has been completely overrun by an individual who constantly talks about “cover ups” & wants people to speak out – in other words should be all for freedom of speech & allowing other commentators to enage in good debate.
Instead, what do we get? Constant clap trap from one selfish person masquerading as a champion for people living with HIV – what a load of bull$hit.
Pink News really needs to act to prevent this form continuing as regular commentators will just move on elsewhere………….utterly shameful that one person is allowed to continue with a personal vendetta in this public manner!
Get a grip PN!
so nice to have the scandals and cover ups come out so refreshing thanks for being upfront and honest with us all atlast,’people denied a voice secret pay offs millions that never made it thts legal advisor destroying crusaids gagging irder this year w6 blokeys investigation publihed on PN so flawed left us all laughingin the streets.
bye byew6 blokey bye bye
cant wait for next scandal to come out will it be in private eye mag.like the last ?
how do u decide how.much money to use to pay people off can w6 blokey help ?
surely a WAD.awardfor police panel member who helpef crusaids staff regain thr benefits as they fled the chariyy it was all hush hush sssssshhhhh the london gay.boyd running ukc needed to bank all thr payrises before any scsndals came out
10,000 for you 15,000 for me lovely payrises while refuding people a voice and making mugs of disabled sssshhhhh
why didnt any of the gayboys running crusaid spk up whn so little money went to the cause ? where they busy getting rich quick paid huge amounts for events that didnt make a pennny made fools of the gay community for years and got rich too its fab the london aids sector
make a mug of a gay for WAD”
ive readvallbthe actual emails on PN ” crusaid merger wuth tht” and on baselines website wow thats the best cover up ever no wonder so many of the london gay boys are trying to keeep it quiet they made fools of theur own community kerching
i wonder whatt the ” errors.of judgement” stephen bitti ceo of corrupt bankrupt aids charity.made ? ? perhaps a w6 blokey investigation lol i havent stopped laughin at the last one published its so full of crap – sad €90,000 wasted on.closing down ukc while w6 blokeys livin in.poverty for 3 months but only w6 blokey cld ask someone who.left crusaid in 2004 why thr hardship fund grant took 3 months ?
crusaid trustees resign and runaway after threatening police panel member with High court Injunction without hesitation”
now “long closed” claim trustees and ” weve left”
police panel member goes public confirms “blackmailed” into signing gagging document in 2004 trustees of crusaid refuse to respond. OMG