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Author Topic: UK - Campaign by the THT to tackle anti-HIV stigma targeted by vandalism  (Read 2618 times)

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This makes me angry and, very sad for a number of reasons, but also because my own initial thought was, this was to be expected. It's so sad and, disgusting that there is still so much homophobia, that it's expected. This pisses me off totally.

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By Sophie Gallagher

In Short

Posters Designed To Tackle HIV Stigma Have Been Defaced In Act Of 'Homophobic Vandalism' targeted by “homophobic vandalism”.[/quote]

A poster campaign by the Terrence Higgins Trust to tackle anti-HIV stigma in the UK has been targeted in what they describe as a “homophobic vandalism”.

The posters, which show two men lying together – and the message that people living with HIV and on effective treatment can’t pass it on – have been featured on billboards and phone boxes across the country.

But now some have been covered with white paint in an attempt to prevent people seeing them.

The charity says it became aware of the vandalism when pictures started appearing on social media and are now asking supporters to speak out against the damage.

They have also taken to some sites to put a message on top of the paint which reads: “The poster under this white paint appears to depict two clothed men of identifiably different ethnicities. they are calmly lying next to each other one has a beard and the other just a little stubble. Their eyes are closed and their shared physical closeness implies a tender intimacy.”

The accompany text reads: “People on effective treatment cannot pass the virus. Fact.” As well as details for THT website and contact details.

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