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Warning: This post was published more than 12 years ago.

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This article from BBC News says that

The former Labour culture secretary, Chris Smith, has revealed he has been HIV positive for 17 years.

This shouldn’t be big news. The more that HIV is treated like some terrible disease that has to be ‘announced’, the greater the stigma that will be attached to it. Chris Smith was right to make it public that he has HIV (he makes a very convincing argument for doing so in today’s Sunday Times), but the media are wrong to make such a big fuss about it.

This 280th post was filed under: News and Comment, Politics.






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