Question by Anonymous

Hi just wanna let something out my Dad was Bi-sexual towards the end of his life he was in relationships with men I never felt any issue with this I kinda knew really, but the worst bit is that he was HIV positive he also had other health problems which he finally succumbed to in 2009 it has been very hard for me and my Sisters as we cannot openly talk about this its not the same as someone having Cancer for example at the time there were no services for friends and family. Is there now?

Hello anon,

It is always difficult to come out as HIV-positive and it is just not easy to talk about it for sure, due to many reasons.

I unfortunately have no knowledge on the issue, thus all I can do is to recommend checking out aids.gov for more info.

I will also enable this post to be answered thus in case someone has an information, they will be able to share.

I am sorry for my lack of knowledge and inability to answer your question properly, and I just hope someone who had relevant information to reply to this post.

Folks, any information on this?

9 months ago · 4 notes

World AIDS Day, December 1st

World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics.

Screenshots from Interactive World AIDS Day 2013 Infographic by CNN

Source: UK’s National AIDS Trust, WHO, UNAIDS, amfAR, CDC
EDITORIAL: BRYONY JONES

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9 months ago · 3,089 notes · Source

World AIDS Day - December 1st
World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. 
Here are some organizations working to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide:
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria The Global Fund fights these three diseases, among others. The fund has provided 3.3 million people with antiretroviral treatment, treated and detected 8.6 million cases of infectious tuberculosis and provided 230 million insecticide-treated nets to protect susceptible populations from Malaria. Donations accepted here.
World Vision Help prevent mother-to-child transmission of AIDS. HIV-positive moms have a 1 in 3 chance of infecting their kids. World Vision provides HIV testing, medical care, prenatal and postnatal care, counseling and support for local clinics. Donations accepted here.
CARE As part of its mission to help communities overcome poverty, CARE works to find ways to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS. In addition, the organization finds solutions to social and economic problems that are related to the HIV/AIDS crisis. CARE especially works to protect the rights and provide opportunities for vulnerable survivors such as widows and orphans.Donations accepted here.
Gay Men’s Health Crisis GMHC seeks to find solutions that spread awareness, improve care and reduce stigma. The organization provides medical treatment and counseling, as well as provides a sense of community.Donations accepted here.

World AIDS Day - December 1st

World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. 

Here are some organizations working to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide:

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria The Global Fund fights these three diseases, among others. The fund has provided 3.3 million people with antiretroviral treatment, treated and detected 8.6 million cases of infectious tuberculosis and provided 230 million insecticide-treated nets to protect susceptible populations from Malaria. Donations accepted here.

World Vision 
Help prevent mother-to-child transmission of AIDS. HIV-positive moms have a 1 in 3 chance of infecting their kids. World Vision provides HIV testing, medical care, prenatal and postnatal care, counseling and support for local clinics. 
Donations accepted here.

CARE 
As part of its mission to help communities overcome poverty, CARE works to find ways to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS. In addition, the organization finds solutions to social and economic problems that are related to the HIV/AIDS crisis. CARE especially works to protect the rights and provide opportunities for vulnerable survivors such as widows and orphans.
Donations accepted here.

Gay Men’s Health Crisis 
GMHC seeks to find solutions that spread awareness, improve care and reduce stigma. The organization provides medical treatment and counseling, as well as provides a sense of community.
Donations accepted here.

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Alexis Rivera, Transgender Rights Advocate, Dies In California

California’s transgender community is mourning the loss of one of its most accomplished and revered leaders this week.

A number of media outlets are reporting that Alexis Rivera, 34, died March 28 of complications related to HIV in San Francisco. Officials for the Transgender Law Center, where Rivera had worked as a policy advocate since 2007, wrote in an email statement:

"Alexis advocated for statewide policy change and trained hundreds of transgender community members to build relationships with their elected officials. During this time, Alexis was also a leader of the Transgender Law Center’s Health Care Access Project and helped secure affordable transgender health care services in several counties across California.

Alexis received many awards and honors in recognition of her leadership, including the Trans-Unity Trailblazer and Spirit Awards, the Latino Caucus on HIV Prevention Leadership Award, and the first QUEST Advocacy Pageant sash in 2002.”

A blogger identifying themselves only as “Alexis’ sister” also wrote, “Alexis was an amazing community activist. She was also a mother. She also became a grandmother a month before she died. She was also a sister, a daughter, a grand-daughter and and an aunt. She was a mentor to so many, and a friend to many, many more.”

Added Masen Davis, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center, in a statement: “She understood that we are stronger together, and she kept organizing until the very end. Alexis’ death is a reminder that the fight for equality — and against AIDS — is far from over.”

In describing her commitment and passion for her community, Rivera is quoted as having stated, “My activism is rooted from love.”

Memorials for Rivera will be held this weekend in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

This is such a sad loss; for more, click here.

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