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“To speak now...about the Bush admin’s lack of response to the AIDS crisis is not about dishonoring the man’s death, but about honoring the deaths of others who were equally beloved to their communities, but far from equal in power...”

By @thegarance
thecut.com/2018/12/george…
This excellent @thegarance piece features an embedded video of an @actupny protest outside of HW Bush’s vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

It’s worth watching and brought back memories of a lot of similar protests I attended.

We were so young.

Many of us did not survive.
.@hilaryr says it well:

“This was our reality: We were kids and our friends were dying and the government was ignoring it because they were gay. He just didn’t lead at a time when we were desperate for leaders.”

Story by @liamstack
nytimes.com/2018/12/03/us/…
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Some of my favourite photos about #WorldAIDSDay from around in Ireland yesterday. #ACTUPDublin members Davy and Robbie at @TheUSI #pinktraining18
People reading a #WorldAIDSDay #UequalsU poster on Baggot Street, Dublin - Photo by @NoelDonnellon
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar @campaignforleo takes a rapid #HIV test to help reduce stigma and encourage the public to get tested. Rapid test was carried out by @Adlers1 Co-ordinator of @KnowNowIE run by @HIV_Ireland
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Even though Twitter polls are not scientific, here's what I learned from you this week. 58% of you knew that, people living with #HIV on effective treatment CAN'T pass on HIV to their sexual partner. That's impressive. #UequalsU
I've learned that, 75% of you have felt that alcohol and other drugs can impair your judgement when comes to #SaferSex decisions. That's understandable.
I've learned that the majority of you don't use condoms for Oral sex. This is not surprising. Picking up a bacterial STI from oral sex is lower risk compared to condomless vaginal or anal sex, but it can still happen. So #GetTested regularly.
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Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, more than 70 million people have acquired the infection, and about 35 million people have died.
Today, around 37 million worldwide live with #HIV, of whom 22 million are on treatment #WorldAIDSDay bit.ly/2QwO8HW
The #HIV virus 🦠 was first isolated by Dr Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Dr Luc Montagnier in 1983 at the @institutpasteur #WorldAIDSDay bit.ly/2QwO8HW
At the beginning of the 1980s, before #HIV had been identified as the cause of AIDS, the infection was thought to only affect specific groups, such as gay men in developed countries and people who inject drugs #WorldAIDSDay bit.ly/2QwO8HW
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I lost many friends during the #AIDS crisis.
I still miss them.
I wrote this about #AssottoSaint, who I am thinking of with love on this #WorldAIDSDay
He'd only be 61, were he still alive today.

Remembering Assotto Saint: A Fierce and Fatal Vision shar.es/aa5OB1
"At some point I stopped going to funerals. I had become that woman, the one who keens and wails in the back of the church or synagogue or memorial hall, the one who everyone thinks might throw herself into the open pit of grave or onto the coffin or urn."
shar.es/aa5OB1
"That fight was our gay Normandy and it consumed all our time, all our conversations. Like whispered messages from a foxhole, staccato shots over the bow of life, we spoke to each other like it might be our last time."
#WorldAIDSDay
shar.es/aa5OB1
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Good Morning. I'm guessing we all want to enjoy good sex? So today, I want to share with you the many ways that you can minimise negative outcomes that can happen when people have sex -
First of all, I think we should acknowledge that in Ireland, our historical and cultural attitudes towards sex and sexual health have not been always healthy ones. I think many of us experienced shame and judgement for wanting intimacy and desire.
Let's look at having agency over your own body, the right to choose a sexual health strategy that works for you. There's no 'one size fits all' when it comes to looking after your sexual health, each person is different.
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1/ WHAT IF I TOLD YOU OF A SECRET WAR, a war for control of “YOUR DNA?” What if they had the cures for many Diseases but instead used this knowledge to Create Illness Instead 😱 #VictimsForProfit
#DNAEditing #ReleaseTheCure #Matrix #QAnon #WWG1WGA
@realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn
2/ Each living Organism has it's own Genetic Code... #DNA is the Genetic Map of “YOU”. It holds detailed codes from your Parents/Ancestors, including your strengths & weaknesses...
#VictimsForProfit
#QAnon #WWG1WGA
@realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn
👉🏻en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA
3/ United States Department of Energy Cites “Q Clearance” as a “National Security Position” of “Critical & Sensitive Matters.” The #DOE had full Oversight of the
👉🏻#HumanGenomeProject 👈🏻 🤔
@realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn #WWG1WGA #QAnon #BioSimilars
👉🏻en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_clearan…
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I want to tell you about an amazing piece of theatre I saw last year. It's called #Rapids - written by @SeanieLove presented by @TalkShopTheatre - The piece explores instances of disclosure and the presence of stigma in the lives of men and women who are living with #HIV
The good news is that #Rapids is coming back in 2019 - RAPIDS National Tour kicks off Feb 2019 Venues BOOKING NOW @Droicheadarts @EverymanCork @projectarts @LimeTreeTheatre and more to be announced soon. #RapidsTour - It's a must see.
I was honored to be asked by @SeanieLove & @TalkShopTheatre to create the graphics for the poster. I got @hazelcoonagh to do the photography (cos she's amazing) - We photographed people who had fabric blowing over the faces, the idea that something is hidden.
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Thread: Earlier we talked about #UequalsU: the fact that someone on effective treatment can’t pass on #HIV to sexual partners. So why are people still contracting it? #WAD2018 #KnowYourStatus
Well to be on effective treatment, you have to know you have HIV. So, the answer is actually pretty simple: new transmissions occur because people don’t know their status.
We also know that it’s easier to transmit #HIV in the first months after you contract it. The amount of virus in the body is really high when you first contract HIV, but tends to go down over the first year for most people, meaning that it becomes harder to transmit the virus.
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I want to share my memories of being involved with a club called 'Mother' @MotherDublin - I'm guessing that if you've been to @EPfestival @BodyandSoulIrl @DublinPride or Saturday Nights in Dublin, you have danced with us into the small hours? If so share
The genius of in 2011, Mother was to create a LGBT+ club that focused on good electronic music. Every club played chart music, but we wanted something different. We also wanted to create a house party vibe and the people who created Mother became a family.
I was asked to create the brand for the club and even then, I was heavily influenced by the reclaimed symbolism of the Pink Triangle - The Pink Triangle was used by the Nazis to identify homosexuals in the death camps during WWII - Later it become a LGBT icon
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When I first heard that people living with HIV on effective treatment cannot pass on #HIV to sexual partners. I had trouble trying to get my head around it. Because it challenged the status quo and decades of beliefs I had about #HIV
I read up on the science behind the claim. In the PARTNER study, there were ZERO transmissions out of 58,000 condomless sex acts between people with HIV on effective treatment who had undetectable viral loads and their HIV negative partners. Undetectable equals Untransmittable
In the PARTNER 2, which was the extension of PARTNER and studied men who have sex with men, there were ZERO transmissions out of 77,000 condomless sex acts between people with HIV on effective treatment with undetectable viral loads and their HIV negative partners. #UequalsU
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The first action by @ActUpDublin was 2 years ago this week. We were ringing the alarm bell about Ireland's #HIV crisis outside The Dept of Health @roinnslainte just before #WorldAIDSDay 2016 - HIV IS A POLITICAL CRISIS #ACTUP
We talk to the public, we engage with the communities affected by #HIV, we lobby politicians, write reports and submissions to Government, we organise pubic meetings and events. We demonstrate, We educate We are not silent. #ACTUP
#ACTUP in Ireland is a growing #HIV activist movement. In July this year @ActupCork formed. ACT UP Cork protest, campaign and engage just like Dublin chapter. If you wanna involved check out facebook.com/ACTUPCork/
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The theme of #WorldAIDSDay this year is #KnowYourStatus - Which is good. However the reality in Ireland is, that due to lack of access, over capacity and underfunding, people who go to get a STI or #HIV test are frequently turned away.
Have you ever gone for an STI or HIV test and been turned away?
In 2017, @HIV_Ireland's testing services catered for 1,082 people. However, they had to turn away a further 384 people because they did not have the resources to provide a service to them. #KnowYourStatus #WAD2018
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Photo Thread: Irish AIDS Day, June 15th 2017, I worked with photographer Hazel Coonagh @hazelcoonagh on a photographic project called, HUMAN.
We put a call out on social media, asking anyone, regardless of their #HIV status to pose for a picture with the word,'HUMAN' #WAD2018
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I remember World Aids Day, December 1st, 2010, because I stenciled red ribbons in the snow around #Dublin. #WAD2018 - Beautiful photos taken by @niallcarsonpa - Niall Carson/PA
2010 was also the year I entered Alternative Miss Ireland @alternativemiss - An annual ribald beauty pageant which raised money for services for people living with #HIV and Dublin Rape Crisis @DublinRCC - I did a tribute to the one and only #FreddieMercury - Uncanny right?
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I want to share something personal with you. It's important to tell you, because it motivated me to have more compassion for people living with #HIV, pushed me to test regularly and to get involved with #ACTUP - It started with a mistake..
A few years ago, after a stable relationship had finished. I was feeling quite low. I went out with friends and tried to have fun. I got chatting to someone over a few drinks and before we knew it, we were back at my place. I wanted intimacy and passion back in my life
Generally, my prevention method has been to use condoms, but we got carried away. I didn't say anything about using a condom and neither did they. Next morning, mid-hangover the fear started to creep over me. Had I put myself at risk of getting #HIV?
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Short thread on how I got involved in #Activism - I have been an activist since I was 17 (1989) - I campaigned with EarthWatch Ireland about, 'The Greenhouse Effect' (now #ClimateChange) raw sewage / river pollution and recycling.
In 1994, I moved to London for work and joined @GreenpeaceUK as a volunteer working on #StopEsso campaign and #SaveorDelete an Ancient Forests campaign. In 2002, #Banksy worked with us to create a poster and I was in charge of sending them around the UK along with this stencil
First rule of stenciling - Don't have your name printed on it!
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Good morning everyone. Time to get up and face this day ☔ - I see this poster when I wake up. It's a reminder that there's lots of work to be done. #EndHIVstigma #WAD2018
I take #PrEP every day. It's a safe and highly effective drug for HIV Negative people which prevents #HIV
Working on some graphics for @ActUpDublin ahead of #WorldAIDSday #WAD2018 - #UequalsU #CantPassItOn
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Why is this paper in @nature nature.com/articles/s4158… a surprising and exciting discovery about #Alzheimers? It's not just that they found new variants Alzheimer’s disease-related gene APP. CC @alzheimerssoc
It's not just that they realized that the new variants were being coded by DNA with unusual intragenic splices and not because of errors in splicing and that these variants found in sporadic #Alzheimers were similar to those found in Familial #Alzheimers. CC @alzassociation
It's not just that they realized that the DNA was not germline but genomic cDNA (gencDNA) & was most likely generated by reverse transcriptase, the same enzyme that lets #HIV take over human cells leading to #AIDS @ALZHEIMERSread
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.@SarahbaxterSTM's argues that #fibromyalgia, #mecfs, #lupus, #depression, self-harming and #anorexia are caused by female ambition and fragility.

What's c. 1880 is new again.

thetimes.co.uk/article/kirsty…
This is just so silly. In the 19th century, there was a panic in the medical profession (and among social commentators) about women becoming ill with neurological and "nervous" conditions because they were overworking their brains/nerves, which were naturally weaker than men's.
This “fact” was used to bolster the argument in favor of stopping women's formal education after age 16 and most certainly not letting them enroll in university.
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@SurvivorsnetBtn @RASASC_London @survivorstrust @Danvers07943910 @ObjectUK @BrightonSurvivorsNET “In the light of a highly disturbing increase of #transphobia locally & nationally…” IF everything anybody says or does is #transphobia, of course you can say it is rising. Any reputable statistics?
@SurvivorsnetBtn @RASASC_London @survivorstrust @Danvers07943910 @ObjectUK “…so the date @Womans_Place_UK event feels like a concerted effort to make #trans ppl, & particularly #transwomen, feel #intimidated and #invalidated” Is it the position of SN that the sensitivities of #transwomen mean that #democracy should be suspended any time they say so?
@SurvivorsnetBtn @RASASC_London @survivorstrust @Danvers07943910 @ObjectUK @Womans_Place_UK #Transwomen do face special challenges but they remain #bio #logical #males but it is fine for them #Gender express as ‘women’ but with the best will in the world, they remain #bio #logically #male @WomenEqualities @Commonswomequ @PennyMordaunt @MariaMillerUK @LesleySemmens
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1. As we get ready to celebrate a huge civil rights victory for LGBTQ community in #India, here is a short thread on the people who sowed the seeds for this day… so we know who to thank #PublicHealthHistory #HIVMovement #Section377
2. In 2002, some 30-odd health workers from Naz Foundation were picked up by cops for counselling gay men. They were booked under #Section377 & obscenity laws. They remained in jail for over a month for basically telling gay men to use condoms! #HIVHistory #India
3. This was also the time of global panic about the HIV epidemic. #Cipla was yet to start rolling out low cost generic anti reterovirals.. so.. prevention was the only intervention. #Section377 #HIVHistory #India
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This has played on my mind for a few months now because the conversation keeps popping up between myself & a handful of close friends. I am regularly & consistently asked how I made changes in my life. Referring to the last 3 years & specifically the last 6 months (all of 2018).
Change wasn’t easy for me. But the choice to change WAS. Let’s deal with the drugs and #ChemSex stuff first. I eventually began to emerge from some crippling emotional trauma in 2015. My reality was not as bad as it had previously been.
Then the whole #HIV thing happened which very quickly sparked the whole #PrEP thing. I very unexpectedly found myself working intensely and passionately on something I cared about. That I loved. There was a responsibility that came with it. The responsibility not to screw it up.
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BREAKING: We just sued the US @DeptOfDefense along with @OutServeSLDN on behalf of Nick Harrison, a veteran of two overseas combat tours who was denied a position in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps thanks to the Pentagon's outdated #HIV policies. lambdalegal.org/blog/20180530_…
Thanks to the medical realities of 2018, a person living with #HIV can safely perform any job.

But existing Pentagon policies prevented Nick, who lives with HIV, from commissioning. A necessary update to these policies is WELL past-due.
#HIV is managed no differently than other chronic illnesses that allow an individual to enlist or be appointed as an officer, so long as certain criteria are met. These conditions have no effect on force readiness.

There are *many* HIV+ JAG officers already serving!
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