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AIDS2010: People Living With HIV Set the Agenda

December 17, 2009

Do you want the world to know what you are doing in your community, organization, country on HIV? Come to present your experiences at AIDS2010 in Vienna! The Global Network of People Living With HIV (GNP+) calls on people living with HIV to share their knowledge and experience and submit abstracts and workshops to be presented at AIDS2010.

Are you a person living with HIV working on programmes focused on leadership and accountability or involving and empowering communities? Are you ready to share your best practices or can you help people with professional scientific development? Are you providing treatment, care or counseling for other people living with HIV? Do you work in prevention, help with testing, defend human rights, or in any other way to help improve the quality of life of people living with HIV?

GNP+ produced 3 briefs: How to apply for a scholarship; How to submit an abstract; and How to apply for a workshop. You can download them through the following links:

Note the deadline for scholarships, abstracts and workshops is 10th February 2010.

The Global Network of People Living With HIV (GNP+) is a global network for and by people living with HIV. GNP+ advocates to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV. GNP+ programmes are organised under four platforms: Empowerment; Human Rights; Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention; and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

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Comment by: Saint Michael (Nnewi Nigeria) Sun., Jan. 31, 2010 at 5:20 pm UTC
One of the best ways to fight HIV is to fight ignorance and information poverty.A strong determination is necessary to reduce the burden caused by this illness because it is gradually digging a generational gap.
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Comment by: Bruce Rader (Omaha, NE) Fri., Jan. 29, 2010 at 4:25 am UTC

In Omaha, NE alone 01-22-2010 I received 31 solicitations for sex on and 11 of the 31 were from men who stated that they were married in their profiles, 5 were from men who labeled themselves as bisexual in their profiles and 15 were from men who stated that they were gay in their profiles. 5 of the men had HIV+ posted on their profiles, 3 men did not list an HIV status and 23 men had an HIV- status posted on their profiles, 10 of which disclosed an HIV+ status to me via email or instant message.

I plan on continuing my research and data collecting in various cities all over the US with the hopes of sparking an interest in someone who may view this as a subject matter worthy of talking about. The previously mentioned circumstances happen so often that it has sparked a passionate interest in me to do a documentary about it. A documentary that is very raw, educational, honest and shocking to some. I believe a documentary based on what I am currently doing will not only educate the ignorant it will also wake some people up and make them stop and think before they hastily vote on State and/or Federal HIV Disclosure Laws the next time it comes in front of the legislative bodies.

In addition, the work I am doing also sends a valid yet powerful message to other gay men (HIV+ and HIV-) that waste no time claiming that they do not have sex with HIV+ men. They are not excluding HIV+ men from friendship, sex and love; they are creating liars .. Liars that they are having sex with.

Although HIV is not talked about very much these days on talk shows, the news or movies it is still very much out there. Newly diagnosed HIV cases are increasing in women and the younger generation and this subject matter needs to resurface and it needs to resurface loudly and boldly.

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Comment by: Bruce (Omaha, NE) Fri., Jan. 29, 2010 at 4:21 am UTC
As a gay male and a newly diagnosed HIV case (Dec. 2007) I have become an advocate for for Federal HIV disclosure laws. Sure, it's rather odd for an HIV patient to be strongly for such laws while the vast majority of HIV patients are so strongly against.

The Omaha, NE gentleman that gave me my HIV a little over two years ago has recently disclosed his HIV+ status to me thus confirming my suspicions as to who I contracted my HIV from. The fact that he and I are both are HIV+ is just a small part of a much bigger issue, an issue that is more common than what people can ever imagine.

This gentleman is 34 years old and very attractive for his age and very physically fit. He is married with children. My admiration for this guy for disclosing his HIV+ status to me quickly turned to disgust when he went on to plea for me to never tell anyone about his HIV status for he hasn't told his wife … two plus years later!!!!

HIV 2010 is not a death sentence; not knowing your status is.

While struggling with the additional information that he had given to me, I decided to begin a little research of my own in order to just see for myself how big a problem this can be and the raw data and statistics that I have been able to compile ARE ALARMING.

The areas in which I delved into include:

1. The percentage of men soliciting not only me but other males (gay/straight/bi) for sex on some of the more popular sexual hook up sites (, and Craigslist) that are married to unsuspecting women.

2. The percentage of males who list HIV- on their online profiles only to turn around and disclose an HIV+ status privately via email or instant message once I disclose my HIV status to them first. Some day's results have been greater than 50% lying about an HIV+ status. There is nothing more deviant than lying about your HIV status in my eyes.

(To be Continued)
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