Author: hivblogger

World AIDS Day 2013 in Los Angeles, California

UCLA student Derek S. Hernandez tells us of events that are happening around LA for World AIDS Day 2013, and asks what each of us can do to stop the global HIV–AIDS pandemic.


Guest blog: HIV Contraction Risk Higher in Female Drug Users

Gay males are often cruelly stigmatised in the media’s portrayal of HIV, and it is a common misconception that the disease is more likely to be transmitted between men. In reality, both men and women are at risk of contracting the disease and injective drugs continue to pose a risk to those that use them. Arguably, the media tends to associate HIV more with men, but the truth is that globally the number of women suffering from HIV equalled that of men more than a decade ago. In the UK, that figure is slightly less; three in ten HIV sufferers are female. HIV presents a huge risk to women; a study released this week has concluded that female drug users are more likely to contract HIV than their male counterparts. The research, conducted by the University of California, the University of San Diego and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nigeria, found that female injection drug users had a higher risk of contracting HIV than men, and that this should act …

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 10,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 17 years to get that many views. Click here to see the complete report.

WAD service – Belfast

I’ve been planning a short service for use in St George’s Parish Church on Friday 30 November 2012 the eve of World AIDS Day in conjunction with The HIV Support Centre The service will begin promptly at eight o’clock in the evening. The aim is to remember those who have gone before, those living now, and those still to come who live with or are affected by HIV.