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#MeToo Movement Founder Tarana Burke Opens the Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit -- and a Conversation About Sexual Violence and Harassment
Nearly a dozen speakers related their experiences with sexual assault and intimate partner violence and their relationship to HIV at the third Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit in Los Angeles.
"You cannot work on something that never existed," Brooke Davidoff writes. "You cannot give a dead marriage CPR and wake up one day to a miracle."
"When my guard is down, it comes to me. It flashes across my mind, an uninvited assault the dark memory rushes in like a raid."
"Women living with HIV are likely to have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual assault, physical and emotional abuse and trauma at rates much higher than the general population in the U.S.," PWN-USA writes. "These different forms of violence...
"We wish to teach our children to stand up, to fight, to advocate for themselves," Angel S. writes on the Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living With HIV. "Then the reality of what you're up against becomes very real."
"Virtually all HIV communications in the U.S. exaggerate that there is still a risk of transmission, leaving all of us with HIV vulnerable to stigma, harms and injustice," Bruce Richman writes. "The exaggerated risk and intersecting stigmas leave wom...
"As someone who is in a mixed-status relationship where treatment as prevention (TaSP) is our chosen form of protection, I felt it was important to participate in the Undetectable = Uninfectious project," Josh Middleton writes.
Two men came to Todd Heywood's home for what they said was a date. Instead, they beat and robbed him in an intentional attack against a gay man with HIV. Months later, he faces the fallout from this stigma-fueled crime.
Even as he testified as the victim of a brutal anti-gay attack, Todd Heywood faced HIV ignorance and stigma. Now he speaks out against HIV disclosure and criminalization policies that he says can increase risk of violence.