An Irish AIDS Memorial would go a long way to ending stigma

At a HIV Ireland conference in Smock Alley Theatre to mark 30 years since their foundation, well-known LGBT activist Tonie Walsh delivered an insightful presentation focussed on the potential and ability of an AIDS memorial to enable communities to “memorialise loss and grief, which allows them to better value and share the coping mechanisms and survival strategies of a previous generation”.

I listened with pride on December 1st, 2017, as President Higgins quoted Tonie, at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin, to mark World AIDS Day, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of HIV Ireland, and to pay tribute to people and organisations working to assisting people living with HIV and to prevent the spread of AIDS.

Stunning AIDS memorials exist in Toronto, New York City and Durban, South Africa.

Ireland should now follow suit.

PrEP announcement welcome but cost remains out of reach

Sinn Féin spokesperson for LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield has welcomed the announcement today that generic versions of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will be made available through Irish pharmacies from Monday.

However, Senator Warfield warned that a possible €100 per month price-tag is too costly for most potential users.

Senator Warfield said;

“On World AIDS Day, the global community reflects on and evaluates its fight to eradicate HIV and AIDS. In this state, we are bucking the trend of our European counterparts as the annual transmission rates are continually rising with 2017 set to become the highest on record.