Self-stigma, especially around substance use, impedes HIV self-care among gay and bisexual men living with HIV who use drugs

A qualitative study sought to understand how internalised stigma affects HIV self-care among gay and bisexual men living with HIV who use substances. Men in this cohort experienced self-stigma stemming from multiple intersecting identities, including their HIV status, sexual orientation, race, effeminateness, poverty, and housing instability. Self-stigma around drug use was reported as the most burdensome stigma, as well as the largest barrier to HIV self-care.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that in 2018, only 65% of gay and bisexual men living with HIV in the United States were consistently seen for HIV care appointments and only 57% were virally suppressed. Further, evidence shows that gay and bisexual men who use substances, especially stimulants, often have less than optimal adherence to HIV care and inconsistently access HIV services.

 

You can read the full article here.

Friday, 21 May, 2021

Are you looking to make a lasting impact at George House Trust?

We're an award-winning charity supporting those living with and affected by HIV and we're on the look-out for a new Chair of The Board of Trustees. 

 

We're interested in someone who is a true leader, shares our values and who loves to think ahead, so previous Trustee experience is helpful but definitely not essential. This is a really exciting time to join George House Trust, and a fantastic opportunity to make a lasting impact. 

 

You'll have the energy and enthusiasm to encourage public support for George House Trust as well as drive the Board of Trustees. You'll possess a natural authority, whilst also remaining conscientious and compassionate. 

 

If you're passionate about the role George House Trust can play in supporting people living with and affected by HIV, and are determined to tackle HIV stigma and discrimination head-on, we'd love to hear from you.

 

To apply, please read the Chair Pack and email an expression of interest to Ingrid of no more than two sides of A4 which outlines how you meet the role requirements and person specification by 5pm on Friday July 30th.

 

For an informal chat with our Deputy Chair Andrew Sloan about this role, please email Ingrid or call 0161 274 4499 to arrange this. 

 

Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of who we are and what we do. Our commitment to these values is unwavering and they are central to our mission. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries. 

Monday, 17 May, 2021

Pose actor Billy Porter has revealed he has been living with HIV for the past 14 years.

 

The US star was diagnosed in 2007 but said he had since "lived with that shame in silence".

 

Making it public would also have been "another way for people to discriminate against me in an already discriminatory profession", he explained.

 

But speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he said: "There's no more stigma - let's be done with that. It's time."

 

You can read the full article here.

Wednesday, 19 May, 2021

 

As we celebrate our emergence from the lockdown, we are glad to relaunch the African Men's Calabash project.

 

Calabash is an initiative designed to engage African men in a support group at George House Trust and provide them relevant and appropriate support to live healthy and happy lives. 

 

Monthly sessions will be held where African men will benefit from different kinds oif support, including HIV-related, interpersonal, economic, learning and answers to deep-seated and burning questions. 

 

This time, we have decided to make it more exciting and dynamic with empowering activities, social events, health and wellbeing sessions, indoor and outdoor activities skills-based training and opportunities to build your skills and confidence with volunteering opportunities. 

 

You can read more about our relaunch event on Wednesday May 26th and register here.

 

You can contact Jeff Ukiri, the project co-ordinator, by emailing him or calling 0161 274 4499

Monday, 17 May, 2021

Covid Risk and Vaccine Updates 12 May 2021

 

Getting a COVID vaccine

Most COVID vaccines will be arranged via primary care. For people not registered with a GP, or those who have not disclosed their HIV status, HIV clinics in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England can refer directly to vaccine hubs. It may take a while for individual clinics to get the necessary pathways arranged, and numbers may be limited, but patients should contact their clinic for more information if they are unable to access the vaccine through their GP. Some HIV services are offering vaccines within the HIV clinic so people should be advised to check with their local service.

 

Currently in the Republic of Ireland vaccines can only be accessed via GPs. We will update this information as required and a summary of current practice in each country is in the table below (Appendix 1.)

 

Central vaccine databases will not include medical information, just basic details and the date a vaccine is given.

 

People without an NHS number should be able to access vaccines.

 

You can read more here.

Wednesday, 12 May, 2021

Living with HIV? Want to talk to us?
Call 0161 274 4499 or email: talk@ght.org.uk