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A generation of artists were wiped out by Aids and we barely talk about it
A new film about the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is a shocking and brilliant reminder of the devastation HIV and Aids wreaked – and still does
By Suzanne Moore

Yet there was a time when you could walk around London or New York and see these gaunt faces, marked with sarcomas, and everyone you hung out with was dying. The official culture was in denial. Sometimes it was easier to be. I remember seeing Derek Jarman at a play. At that point he was blind. I didn’t want to see him like that. And then my friend was queer-bashed on the way home. Freddie Mercury died. Keith Haring died. Eazy- E from NWA died. Denholm Elliott died. Rock Hudson died. Fela Kuti died. And my uncle who wasn’t famous or even my actual uncle died. One of my friends lost seven people who were all under 30.”

Medicine should never have been privatized in the first place. The concept of profiting off of human desperation and the need for life-saving medicine is, philosophically, intrinsically, and morally wrong both as a fundamental concept and in practice. The fact that Martin Shkreli was ever able to buy an AIDS drug and increase its price 5000% is indicative of a problem even bigger than a truly evil, despicable, and selfish human being; it is indicative of the problem of the current system of for-profit pharmaceuticals with obviously inadequate price regulation.

HIV

I work with people who have HIV as a part of my job. If you have HIV please remember:

HIV can be controlled by medications for a super long time (think 30 years+). It is more like getting a diabetes diagnosis than a death sentence.

No matter how your infection happened you deserve to live and have a happy life.

By federal law in the United States there is tons of resources to help you get medication for FREE.

You can find partners who will accept you and love you.

You can have children who are born HIV-. If a child is born in a first world county with medical care the likelyhood of transmission is rediculously low.

On medication your likelyhood of infecting others decreases significantly depending on your viral load.

PEP and PrEP are exciting things to look into to be able to have unprotected sex and prevent transmission.

HIV does not have to be central to your identity.

People who take their medication like prescribed can actually have as few as 2 doctor appointments a year for their condition !

Don’t let stigma, fear and lack of education get you down! You are a wonderful person and can achieve wonderful things. Don’t give up.

And if you don’t know your status please get tested. Please!

lgbt hiv+ people go through so much stigmitising shit every day and i just hope all of you know that you don’t deserve to be treated badly for your hiv status or for being lgbt. you deserve respect and love. full stop. 

no qualifiers like “only if you got hiv from something other than consensual sex” or “only if you’re white” or “only if you’re wealthy enough to pay for medication” or “only if you’ve never struggled with an addiction” or “only if you’re able-bodied”. you all deserve resources and you all deserve to be valued as human beings.

Sailor Moon wants YOU to be safe!

Japan’s Ministry of Health is enlisting Sailor Moon to help contain the spread of chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV/AIDS, among other STIs.

In recent years, sexually transmitted infection cases have spiked in Japan. During the 1990s, Sankei News reports that the number never got over a thousand, but as of this October, there were 3,284 people with reported STIs. 

The poster campaign features Sailor Moon and a reworked version of her original “On behalf of the moon, I will punish you!” catchphrase. Instead, the STI poster reads, “If you don’t get checked out, I will punish you!” 

According to Sankei, the campaign is aimed at young women in their teens, 20s, and 30s, but it’s also a good reminder for all. 

They’re even giving away condoms!.

YASSSS GET THAT SAFETY SIS!.

THANK YOU MOM!!.

First she defeated Goku now she’s defeating STI!

World hunger you’re next!

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For people living with the virus, HIV is more than a health issue; it affects their social and economic realities, as well. HIV status exists alongside their gender identity, sexual orientation, race and religion. After an election that brought identity politics into laser focus, people with HIV are trying to look into their crystal ball, figure out how Trump’s policies will affect their complex existences and create a roadmap for their own activism.

HIV-positive Americans contemplate challenges in Donald Trump’s America

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An HIV-positive Michigan woman took police to court and won 

Three years after being ticketed for not disclosing to an officer that she has HIV, Shalandra Jones just won her court case against the police. During the traffic stop Jones was under no legal obligation to reveal her HIV status to a law enforcement official. Jones will now walk away with a large settlement payout.