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H.I.V. / AIDS

hiv aids ribbonAcquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the virus Human Immunodeficiency Virus (H.I.V.).H.I.V. can cause illnesses by breaking down the body's ability to fight infections. H.I.V. has been detected in the blood, semen, breast milk, and vaginal fluids of people with H.I.V. and all of these have been implicated in transmitting H.I.V.. People with H.I.V.remain infectious and can continue to infect other people throughout their life.

This section of the Gender Centre's website contains a number of articles about H.I.V. and AIDS and in the near future will also include other resources such as books, book reviews, research papers, videos, links to other H.I.V./AIDS related services and more. The articles below are just a few of the articles currently on the H.I.V./AIDS page of this website.

AN OVERVIEW

Article appeared in Polare 73, October 2007

Stigma can lead to people experiencing chronic stress giving rise to resistant approaches to coping, like withdrawal and isolation. In certain contexts, the impact of the meaning of a disease or condition may create more problems for an individual than the disease itself ...

EVOLVING AS THE COMMUNITY AND INDIVIDUALS BECOME MORE EMPOWERED

Article appeared in Polare 10, December 1995

The transgender community model of education and support in response toH.I.V./AIDS varies from traditional models and has evolved over a period of time and will keep on evolving as the community and individuals become more empowered as their human rights issues are addressed ...

FINDINGS OF SAN FRANCISCO'S GROUNDBREAKING STUDY

Article appeared in Polare 32, August 1999

In February 1999 at a community meeting in San Francisco, the Transgender Community Health Project of the city's Public Health Department presented the findings of its groundbreaking study of H.I.V. risk among transgendered individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area ...

MYTHS ABOUT H.I.V./AIDS IN THE TRANS COMMUNITY

Article appeared in Polare 32, August 1999

Myths about H.I.V. / AIDS in the transgender community, common feelings which inhibit safer and more enjoyable sex, how to use a condom, how to protect yourself against H.I.V. and other S.T.D.s and how to go about getting tested for H.I.V. It doesn't have to be a drag! ... 

MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH BOTH MEN AND TRANSGENDERS

Article appeared in Polare 12, April 1996

While many men who have sex with men (M.S.M.) also have sex with transgenders, safe-sex education strategies to reach these men have not been developed. This article highlights the social and behavioural risk factors which indicate that educating these men should be a priority ...

ABOUT H.I.V. AND AIDS

Article appeared in Polare 10, December 1995

Whether you have anal sex, neo-vaginal sex, vaginal sex, oral sex - any sex.Whether you are the insertive or receptive partner, active, passive or both. The most reliable way to reduce the risk of coming into contact with the H.I.V./AIDS virus is to have safe ...

TRANSMISSION, SYMPTOMS, TESTING AND TREATMENT

Article appeared in Polare 2, December 1993

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (H.I.V.) and can cause illnesses by breaking down the body's ability to fight infections ...

MINIMISING THE RISK OF S.T.D BEING TRANSMITTED AFTER BREAKAGE

Article appeared in Polare 6, February 1995

Condoms can be effective in minimizing your chances of coming into contact with S.T.D.s, including the H.I.V. virus. What happens if the condom breaks? There are some steps you can take to minimise the risk of S.T.D.s being transmitted after breakage ...

IN POKHARA NEPAL

Article appeared in Polare magazine January 2016

Attending this event was truly an honour as I was the only foreigner there to support the Blue Diamond Society (B.D.S.) in Pokhara, Nepal in their observance of World Aids Day. The B.D.S. is L.G.B.T.I. organisation that advocates for Human Rights and H.I.V. prevention. They do not receive any government funding for the transgender segment of their clientele (or 'third gender' as they are known in Nepal). In fact B.D.S. has not had any funding from the government of Nepal for over six months...

 
 
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