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15 things to do in 15 minutes

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15 things to do in 15 minutes

In 1966, photographer Nat Finkelstein was shooting the world-famous artist, Andy Warhol, for a proposed book. As the crowd gathered, attempting to get into the shot, Warhol muttered that everyone wants to be famous. To which Finkelstein replied, “Yeah, for about fifteen minutes, Andy”; creating the infamous adage “Everyone wants their fifteen minutes of fame”, or so Finkelstein likes to claim. Life is made up of a series of interconnecting moments. For some people, these short periods of time will be famous. For others, they will be life changing. Last week was National HIV Testing week, during which charities and...

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Safe sex at Christmas: Looking after your stocking fillers, candy canes and Santa’s sack (wink wink)

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Safe sex at Christmas: Looking after your stocking fillers, candy canes and Santa’s sack (wink wink)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the song goes… Christmas and the New Year are (and certainly should be) be a time to enjoy yourself and have fun. But it’s important that during the party season, amid the eggnog and kisses under the mistletoe, your sexual health is not compromised. Knowing you are prepared with your condoms, both physically having them with you and mentally knowing what you are going to do, are crucial factors for having safe sex this Christmas. Make sure you have enough in stock to last the whole holiday season! Alcohol can really reduce...

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Why is there still so much stigma surrounding HIV?

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Why is there still so much stigma surrounding HIV?

Following the news that the details of HIV patients were accidentally leaked this week, Brigette Bard of BioSure UK examines why stigma and intimidation of people with HIV still exists and how it may prevent those worried, seeking testing or medical interventions…  Before you read this post, stop and try and visualise what someone with HIV looks like. Man or a woman? Black or white? Young or old? Homeless? Someone that looks like one of your mates? I may as well have asked you to just visualise a person on the street because regular readers of this blog will know...

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HIV - It's Not Just About Gay Men

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HIV - It's Not Just About Gay Men

HIV is not discriminatory or biased. HIV can affect everyone regardless of whether they are gay, straight, male, female, black, white, young or old. That’s a fact.

Although there is a significant difference with how HIV is viewed and dealt with across different demographics. Something Joshua Middleton, a straight HIV positive blogger in the US, agrees with this.

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What are the symptoms of HIV?

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There are many rumours and myths out there about HIV and how it can affect those who have it. Gary Carpenter, clinical director of BioSure, cuts through the noise to answer the burning questions about the symptoms of HIV and what to do if you think there’s a chance you could be HIV positive.

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