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Tag Archives: AIDS

“Say something nice about me” – a tribute to Warren


Before he died in May 1994 he asked us to “say something nice about me.” We did, producing a booklet with comments from his many friends, acquaintances, colleagues, carers and others – those who had become better people as a result of knowing him. I was one of those people. Warren Wiesner was a key figure in lesbian and gay ...

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AIDS: You can’t catch it, you can’t pass it on and it can’t kill you


Today is World AIDS Day but isn’t it time this was defunct? Not the day, but the acronym AIDS. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is the terminology given to someone who has HIV (usually untreated) which has weakened the immune system to the point that when the patient acquires a secondary illness (like pneumonia) the body isn’t ...

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Blood ban to be “reconsidered”


  The rules precenting gay and bisexual men from giving blood are to be reconsidered, the UK government has announced. The issue will be reviewed by an advisory committee in 2016 after pressure from campaigners and parliamentarians. Men who have sex with men (MSMs) are currently only able to donate blood following a year without sexual activity. While the lifetime ...

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What taking PrEP has meant for me

Greg Mitchell

Greg Mitchell lives in London, and took part as a HIV-negative man in the PROUD study, assessing PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). Here he talks in his own words about taking PrEP, the effects it had on him and how other people reacted. “I’m not a medical professional or a scientist. I am simply someone who is on the PROUD study in ...

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HIV discoverer: “a cure is almost impossible”

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, Nobel Prize laureate and co-discoverer of HIV in 1983, said that in her opinion a cure for HIV “is almost an impossible mission,” but a “functional cure” and vaccine might be achievable. In this article, KaleidoScot explores the issues at stake and outlines her substantive arguments in light of what is known so far. Barre-Sinoussi made her statement, ...

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Lib Dem leader: blood ban is “stupid”


The new leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has today added his voice to calls to overturn the discriminatory blood donation rules applying to sexually active gay and bi men, people who have injected drugs or those who have had sex for payment. Mr Farron, whose religious beliefs and mixed voting record on LGBTI rights have provided some controversy ...

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Queer highlights of Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Edinburgh Fringe

This year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival features fifty plus queer themed shows, KaleidoScot explores some of them for the LGBTI festival goers. Some of the highlights include contemporary dance with a genderqueer theme Boys Who Like to Play With Dolls (12th to 22nd August at DanceBase) that I set in “a world where masculinity and femininity are unrelated to male and female forms”. ...

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Scotland “to lead way in tackling inequality”


The Scottish government has committed itself to adopting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, making it one of the first countries to do so. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that Scotland will sign up to a new international action plan to tackle poverty and inequality, as well as promoting sustainable development across the globe. The First Minister confirmed that Scotland ...

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HIV treatment to be given on diagnosis, trial suggests

HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte

A clinical trial study found that people living with the HIV should start treatment before the virus weakens their immune system, as is the case now. The important randomaised clinical trial study showed that if HIV positive people receive treatment when their CD4 cell count is higher, instead of waiting until their CD4 cell count drops to lower levels, have ...

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George Valiotis – HIV Scotland: What Do We Do

George Valiotis

In an exclusive video-interview KaleidoScot’s, Andrew Page, interviews George Valiotis, who explains his ogranisation’s role regarding policies, research and also highlights issues pertinent to World Aids Day 2014, and in particular to Scotland. The campaigner explains how research and grassroots needs guide HIV Scotland’s understanding of issues relating to HIV in Scotland, and in turn shapes the charity’s work on ...

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